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Blue Banana, Lostine, Oregon
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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.

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
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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 […]

Idaho, Part 3 – Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway, 10 miles of motorcycle joy
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Idaho, Part 3 – Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway, 10 miles of motorcycle joy

Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway starts as a scenic view pull out on Hwy 95.  The view is specatcular.  The Old Spiral Highway was built in 1917 and is a testament to engineering in its day.  Ten miles of twisting road, hairpin turns and switchbacks, the road surface is immaculately smooth […]

Idaho, Part 2 – The North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum, Sandpoint, ID
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Idaho, Part 2 – The North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum, Sandpoint, ID

Sitting in the gravel parking lot of the North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum, a 70-something year old couple pulls in alongside us. They’re driving a 4-door pickup truck with Washington licence plates.  They’re tourists, too. The woman, wearing jeans and slip-on sandals, climbs out of the truck.  She  has a […]

Premier Lake Provincial Park, B.C.
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Premier Lake Provincial Park, B.C.

  Premier Lake Provincial Park, B.C. is 72 km north of Cranbrook, off Hwy 93/95.  The access road is paved but eventually turns into gravel.  With developed campsites, it’s slightly off the beaten path, but worth the drive for the lake and a location that is slightly remote.

Idaho – Part 1:  Sandpoint, ID is named “Most Beautiful Small Town”
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Idaho – Part 1: Sandpoint, ID is named “Most Beautiful Small Town”

Named in 2011 by Rand McNally and USA Today as “Most Beautiful Small Town” Sandpoint is a a place we love to visit in Idaho’s Panhandle.  We stop there, usually for pie, at the Panhandler Restaurant and Bakery.  (But we’ve since discovered another Destination Diner.  Read on.) Built on the […]

Kimberly, B.C. –  city sports Bavarian architecture and pedestrian-friendly centre
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Kimberly, B.C. – city sports Bavarian architecture and pedestrian-friendly centre

Kimberly has a couple claims to fame. First, it purports to be one of Canada’s highest cities (1,113m).  Second, the town’s business centre sports a Bavarian theme linked by a broad, pedestrian mall.  The look is cute, quaint, and small. And therein lies Kimberly’s biggest disadvantage as a tourist town […]

Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
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Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

Radium is a place I normally ride my motorcycle through, heading for the twisting roads of southern B.C. or Idaho.  This year was different.  We packed up our old Mercedes and ventured out on a Stop and Smell the Roses road trip.  And for the first time, we made a […]

Boston, Mass. and Newport, RI- hip, historic and sophisticated
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Boston, Mass. and Newport, RI- hip, historic and sophisticated

For many Western Canadians, Boston isn’t a top of mind destination when it’s vacation-planning time.  That’s understandable; it’s on the eastern seaboard, a long way over there.  But with a family function to attend and our Boston-born and –bred relatives volunteering as tour guides, we jumped at the chance for […]

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Friends Restaurant, Enterprise, Oregon

“What time do you open for breakfast?”, I ask the grey-haired, grandmotherly-looking woman who’s the sole server in this plain, small diner. “5:00 A.M.”, she replies. “5:00 A.M.?”, I ask, astonished.  “Five in the morning is darn early!  Who eats breakfast here at 5:00 A.M.?”  I’m an early riser, but […]