Archive for February, 2011

On the hunt for covered bridges

Posted by on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

Along with my love for lighthouses, I also have a soft spot for covered bridges. To my enjoyment, Oregon provides quite a few of both!

Call it an excuse to get out of the house, or an excuse to take my camera on a drive, Saturday’s sun made it the perfect day to get out and see some covered bridges in their wooden glory.

Using the information over at and armed with my GPS, Jean and I took a drive Saturday afternoon in search of as many covered bridges as we could pack into a day. All told, we got to ten of them within the Willamette valley, over the course of 270 miles. (To get to the rest will take a bit more planning and strategic execution as they are now outside a quick afternoon’s trip.)

The images below are just a few of the best photos from the day. All are relatively untouched as no cropping was done, but I did adjust the levels minimally as I tended to over expose due to the bright sunshine.

Can you name the second largest waterfall…

Posted by on Friday, 18 February, 2011

… second largest by volume in the U.S. that is…

Yeah, I couldn’t either until about three weeks ago. Turns out, it is nearly in our own back yard! Willamette Falls is in Oregon City, -just- South East of the 205.  In fact, it is visible from a view point on the Northbound 205.

Mind you, it isn’t quite as picturesque as Niagra, nor is the drop as impressive (for that we have Multnomah Falls, the third tallest year round falls in the U.S.), but still, by water volume, coming in second is no small task…. 8th in the world is even pretty impressive.

The area, and falls specifically, are industrial in nature, providing PGE with a constant source of energy to transfer into electricity along with the paper mill on the banks of the Willamette.

Jean and I drove out to see the falls this past weekend, and check out the Highland Stillhouse to see if it really was as decent of a whisky bar as they claim (spoiler, it is). Of course, this gave me an excuse the break out the camera again and snap some shots. With the cloud cover and limited viewing points, I couldn’t quite find that perfect shot, but these should do for now, along with a bonus pic of Mt. Hood for good measure:

A few pictures of dinner, Feb 14th , 2011

Posted by on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

Jean came home with two amazing looking slabs of Kobe beef after her normal Sunday grocery shopping trip. Having never made Kobe at home before, I took the opportunity to ogle the meat and snap a few pics while Jean made dinner Monday night.

She also made a redwine reduction sauce with a 1/2 cup of Orin Swift’s “The Prisoner”, one of our favourites and the bottle I chose to pair with the steaks.

You’ll see from the pics below how gorgeously marbled the Kobe steaks were, and how we like them a bit on the rare side 😉 Amazing is the best word I can come up with to describe this confluence of gastronomic superstars. The steaks were absolutely worth every penny. mmmm