The gr8ful grind: March 2015

Let go of anger; It's an acid that eats away the delicate layers of your happiness

The reverse side has also its reverse side

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ok, lemme float this by you: you're taking a day at the beach and you want to find the restaurant that will give you great service and totally fantastic food. Why wouldn't you choose the place with all this hanging outside on the wall? The food was actually really, really good. Newport, Oregon; February, 2015.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Yaquina Head and lighthouse on a day so windy it made our eyes water. Yaquina Head near Newport, Oregon; February, 2015.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A bunch of guys get down with some bocce ball on the Ile de Cité, with a female referee. Paris, France; September, 2013.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Up close and personal with some former presidents. Mount Rushmore National Monument, near Keystone, South Dakota; August, 2014.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's known as the City of Roses 'cause we've got a lot of roses out here, but it could just as well be known as the City of Bridges. This one is the Hawthorne Bridge. Portland, Oregon; February, 2015.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Since the early 90s, we've made an annual trek to attend a meditation retreat and always pass through this wonderful city and have a walkabout. If you keep your eyes open while doing the walking, you can discover gems all over the place. alike this little alleyway. (Click the photo to see the silhouette of the wired human in the middle window) Victoria, BC, Canada; April, 2014.

Monday, March 23, 2015

We recently had the opportunity to sit front row and bask in the glow and rhythm of Austin resident and New Orleans-style boogie keyboard/vocalist Marcia Ball. She didn't disappoint. Aladdin theater, Portland, Oregon; February, 2015.

Friday, March 20, 2015

One of the best vacations we've ever experienced was to rent a canal boat and float solo down the Canal du Nivernais. Along the canal are many bridges such as this one, in which a single person can crank the draw to allow the boat to pass. Of course, you have to dock on the canal side, let the person off, wait for them to raise the bridge, pass through, dock canal side, and then wait for them to lower the bridge and reboard the boat. Burgundy region of France along the Canal du Nivernais; September, 2009.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We know it looks like a little French cafe, but it's actually a table outside a restaurant here in the States. Alexandria, Virginia; March, 2014.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A little chapel in the Sellwood district where friends of ours are were married many years ago. Portland, Oregon; February, 2015.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

One can find these General Stores all over the park, and at least half of the stuff inside is different than one may see in another General Store, usually specific to the area where in the park the store is. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; August, 2014.

Monday, March 16, 2015

It's amazing what one finds when one just takes a turn down a country road just to see what's down there. We found this old covered bridge and a few other gems not 2 miles off the main highway. (Click the photo for more detail) Otis, Oregon, February, 2015.

Friday, March 13, 2015

A rainy day does not keep the local denizens away from people watching and a meal along the sidewalk near Les Halles. Paris, France; September, 2013.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mt. Moran towers over Jackson Lake on a sunny, warm, wonderful day. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming; August, 2014.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Saltwater Seafood Company, which offers live crab and has a mural on its facade. Newport, Oregon' February, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

While walking around town on a warm evening after dinner, we happened upon this art gallery filled with art depicting various Native American scenes and statues. While she was just about to close, the very kind and gracious curator of the gallery did allow us to enter and spend about 20 minutes view the various pieces. (Click the photo to get a better view of the art) Ketchum, Idaho; August, 2014.

Monday, March 09, 2015

When the tide is in, you can't walk out to these rocks, but you can boat in from Siletz Bay in the background. Lincoln City, Oregon; February, 2015.

Friday, March 06, 2015

An unusually empty Place Dauphine on Ile de Citi. Normally, this place is filled with walkers and sidewalk diners. It wasn't rainy despite the clouds. Paris, France; September, 2013.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mt. Ranier stands over the city, while the home of the former NFL world champion Seahawks rests in the lower right. Seatlle, Washington; April, 2009.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Slip, sliding, flipping and frolicking right off the beach. Pensacola, Florida; August, 2013.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Many people know the nuts grown by these trees as hazelnuts. But we here call them by their real name: filberts. (Click the photo to really get into the orchard) Somewhere in Yamhill County, Oregon; February, 2015.

Monday, March 02, 2015

It was a very windy, so windy it made your eyes water. But it was crystal clear on the Oregon coast. Yaquina Head, Oregon; February, 2015.