The Old Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 12, 2022.

The Old Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 12, 2022.
The Old Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 12, 2022.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Meeting Blogger Betty - Wed., Sept. 25

Woke up at 10:00 a.m. Wow, guess I needed sleep. Had left-over breakfast burrito from Rose's Deli this morning along with a nice, sweet peach.

Mom and I went grocery shopping at New Seasons, where she buys all her organic food and fresh meats. After we got back to her place and put the food away, we decided to go for another Volksmarch in Sherwood on the path along the wetlands. Sherwood seems to be the go-to Volksmarch for Mom and me. Once again the weather was perfect for walking, about 65 degrees. It didn't rain until we were driving back to Mom's house.

Today, I got some different photos so you don't get bored looking at gorgeous Oregon...

Sherwood YMCA where the walk box is located.
Toadstools, twigs and pinecones.
English or Black Walnut Tree.
There's a lot of character in this photo.
New office building in downtown Sherwood.
Beautiful artwork on the mortuary.
Unusual pinecones on this tree.
Old Town Sherwood, Oregon.
Lavender Tea House is for sale.
Just a wild guess, but Sherwood may have been called Smockville long ago. On this street is the historic Smock House from 1868.
The Smock House.
Notice Robin Hood's hat at the top of the street sign?

If you recall from the blog on Monday, we saw grapes growing in someone's yard, Mom sampled them, then wanted to buy some. Today, as we were passing by the house, we saw a gentleman sitting on the front porch of the house with the grapes. We told him how much we admired his garden and talked to him about the grapes. Mom wondered why he wasn't using the grapes. He told us he had already taken many grapes off the plant and it was a bumper crop this year because he learned how to prune the vines correctly. We asked what kind of grapes. They are Concords. Anyway, Mom asked if we could buy some and he told us to help ourselves, no charge. Mom wanted to give him something, so she gave him two origami dollar bill shirts she carries around with her.
Mom picking Concord grapes.
Concord grapes - very juicy and sweet.
Once we picked a few bunches of grapes, we needed to carry them back to the car which was still 1-1/2 miles away. That was a trick in and of itself. We didn't have a plastic bag, but I did have a couple of flimsy napkins that we partially wrapped around them. The ones we didn't eat made it back to the car.

This evening, I had the pleasure of meeting Betty and Joe. I met them through Betty's blog, Joe and Betty's Adventures. Famous Dave's BBQ in Tualatin, Oregon was our suggested meeting place. Betty and Joe know their BBQ. I had never been to this restaurant before and it was very good.

Betty is a real firecracker and sure knows how to converse. Before long we were talking about our travels, how we met our spouses, where we had worked, where we plan to travel in the future, and when they might go on the road again. Then we got down to serious eating. Joe had a beef brisket dinner, Betty chose catfish, and I had cedar plank salmon. We were very happy with our food.

Our waitress pouring BBQ sauce samples.
Joe and Betty at Famous Dave's BBQ.

Thanks Betty and Joe for being new friends. It's always fun to meet other bloggers.

Back at Mom's, I watched Survivor and CSI. Must head for bed now to get some sleep. We are leaving at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow to drive to Hood River. We will tour pear and apple orchards, maybe visit the alpaca farm, and have some ice cold apple cider. Stay tuned for the update.

Travel Bug out.


  1. Glad you're having a good time with your family. We used to have Concord grape vines in our yard at our house. They were so good, but my kids didn't like them because they had seeds.

  2. Betty is quite a woman and friend. So glad that you were able to meet her. We missed meeting Betty and Joe last month as we traveled through Oregon. Our loss.

  3. I had to go look up Sherwood on the map. I live in Oregon and I can't even begin to keep track of all these sweet little towns. Nice to meet fellow bloggers, for sure. Too bad we are on the cold dry side of the mountains rather than on the interstate. Looking forward to you Hood River photos. Haven't been there in quite some time.

  4. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time with family.

  5. Such a cute little tea room. I would think someone would be interested in it.

    How nice the grape grower was to let you take some. Some people would of expected money. I think that is a really nice story.

    I like Famous Daves as well. We have a few here in KC and go there fairly often.


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