I just got home after driving over 600 miles from Salem to San Jose - and I get to fly to Houston tomorrow, lucky me! I did have a very nice 4th of July weekend in Oregon, though. My brother and sis-in-law treated me to a tour of small Willamette Valley towns, like Dayton, above.
We had lunch in McMinnville, which is within striking distance of Portland.
Local Raspberries - the Willamette Valley is famous for fruit.
The local grocery store was handing out fruit samples, including bits of Dragon Fruit, above.
The Willamette Valley has quite a few wineries and wine shops.
A local product - Soy Candles.
Many of McMinnville's old buildings, constructed between 1885 and 1912, are still intact today.
We had some crispy noodles at a local Chinese place.
At my brother's request, we saw Despicable Me, which was actually quite good!
I resisted the opportunity to get a Happy meal when I stopped at McDonalds for some of their vile coffee and an egg white McMuffin (which was palatable).
There was a fair amount of traffic on the freeway in Northern California, but the views were great - that's Mt. Shasta in the distance. It doesn't have very much snow on it these days.
That's it for now - more from Houston!