Archive for July, 2013

2014 Mazda MX-5 – Pure, unadulterated fun

2014 Mazda MX-5 – Pure, unadulterated fun

Bottom Line:  Pure, unadulterated sports car fun in a simple, affordable package.  With its  front mid-engine design, the MX-5 is an eager, agile partner that begs to be driven  fast and furious .  The Scion FR-S comes close, but the MX-5 delivers top-down driving enjoyment on a warm summer day […]

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Wallowa Lake, Oregon

Wallowa Lake, Oregon

Wallowa (say ALLOW and add the W and A to the ends) Lake is about a mile from Joesph, Oregon.  It has been a recreational area since the 1880s with cabins, motels eateries at one end. Wallowa County is not on the way to anywhere, says one local.  If you […]

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Blue Banana, Lostine, Oregon

Blue Banana, Lostine, Oregon

Sometimes surpises like this – The Blue Banana (in rural eastern Oregon on Highway 82 a few miles east of Enterprise) just pop up out of nowhere, and you know you just gotta stop and take a snapshot.

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Calderas Restaurant and Store, Joseph, Oregon

Calderas Restaurant and Store, Joseph, Oregon

Calderas Lava Lounge and Mercantile came highly recommended by a local County Sheriff.  This restaurant is located in Joseph, OR, a picturesque town in eastern rural Oregon. With barely more than 1,000 residents, tourism is a mainstay for the town, and this combined restaurant and retail operation aims for the […]

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Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

  Ruby Beach is just off US Highway 101 – one of the Pacific Coast’s most scenic drives – in Washington’s Olympic National Park.  Ruby Beach is well signed on Highway 101 and easily accessed by car.  The beach is remarkable for the numerous giant logs washed ashore by large […]

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2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom – Quick Ride

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom – Quick Ride

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom.  I recently had a chance to test ride Guzzi’s latest offering, the California 1400 Custom.  Big, brawny and oozing style, Moto Guzzi’s new California marks the Italian company’s bold re-entry to the lucrative cruiser market.  The V-twin 1400 c.c. engine puts out a solid […]

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2013 MV Agusta Brutale 675 – Quick Ride

2013 MV Agusta Brutale 675 – Quick Ride

2013 MV Agusta Brutale 675.  MV Agusta is a legendary Italian motorcycle brand that sells limited production ‘jewels’ at a price not much higher than your run-of-the-mill sport bike.  MV’s new Brutale 675 demo unit made a one-day stop in the city a few weeks ago.  We had a chance […]

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2013 Infiniti EX37 – CUV with a hot-rod heart

2013 Infiniti EX37 – CUV with a hot-rod heart

  The Infiniti EX37 is often overlooked in the luxury compact crossover class where it competes with the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLK350. The EX37 is some 50-75 mm lower than these German offerings, making it sportier, but more of a wagon than these taller […]

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Fabulous Fifties Exhibit, Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Fabulous Fifties Exhibit, Reynolds-Alberta Museum

This 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville is only one of the beautiful cars on display at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.  The Caddy’s stunning tail fins have become an automotive icon for the golden era of American automotive design. Also on display is this 1954 Kaiser-Darrin.  Only 435 of […]

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1962 Volkswagen Extended Cab

1962 Volkswagen Extended Cab

Seen at Southgate Volkswagen’s annual vintage Volkswagen meet held July 13 at the dealership, the company’s gorgeous 1962 Extended Cab pickup truck. This beauty boasts a 22-in. extended cab, 2110 cc engine, dual 40mm carburetors, front and rear airbag suspension, 17×8 front  and 18×10 and rear wheels, custom exhaust and […]

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