NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP. . .AT THE BOULDERS PLEASE!

The Boulders Resort and Golf Course Pros: Elegant, flawless pampering, great golf ( if that’s your thing) Cons: Starts expensive and stays that way I’ve stayed at The Boulders only once, but once was enough to make a very pleasant memory. The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Az is a 5-star Waldorf-Astoria Resort. As mentioned, I was only there once – for two nights, but

HOLY VESUVIUS! THAT’S A LOTTA LAVA!

Hwy 242 – McKenzie Pass Byway Pros: Scenery you’ll see no other place on Earth Cons: Hairpin turns,  vehicle-length limits It would be unlikely you would find yourself in this environment much after nightfall, for there are no hotels encouraging you to ‘stay and play’, no restaurants advertizing their dinner specials, or even a gas station with a soda machine.  In

COME TO THE MOUNTAINS AND MEADOWS OF BLACK BUTTE RANCH

Black Butte Ranch Central Oregon Pros: (Almost) indescribably beautiful,  peaceful, out  of the mainstream Cons: Spendy, but have you checked Disney World prices lately? This is not for those who like ‘bright lights-big city’ vacations. It’s such a pleasure writing this review – like coming home. Living and working in Central Oregon almost twenty years, I drove by Black Butte Ranch several times

SHHH, THE QUEEN MAY STILL BE SLEEPING!

Mary Hill Museum, Goldendale Washington Pros: Historical, Scenic, Fun! Cons: (Just about) in the middle of nowhere Situated on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, like a lone, stone sentinel, stands Mary Hill Museum. This Beaux Arts style mansion was originally intended to be the private residence of entrepreneur, Samuel Hill ( 1857-1931). Instead, he decided to turn

WE’RE SO INDEBTED TO THESE BIG HUNKS!

Fleet Week – Portland, Oregon PORTLAND, Ore. – Guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) will participate in Portland Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon, June 5-9, to celebrate the 105th Rose Festival. Pros: A fun, exciting and informative look at part of our country’s defense system Cons:  Crowds,

“THE ORIGINAL HARD-ROCKERS”

Oregon Sea Lion Caves Pros: A very interesting, ‘other-worldly’ attraction Cons: Typical tourist attraction – crowded in summer and during whale-watching time I would love to take credit for the opening Review Title ” The Original Hard-Rockers”, but alas, I cannot. I saw it on a website and don’t know whom to attribute it. It’s catchy, but it isn’t mine.

THE ULTIMATE ‘ROMANCE NOVEL’

Rand McNally Worldatlas Pros: Handy 3-ring-binder format, super-durable paper, very handle-able size Cons: May increase thoughts of luggage and passports There’s an old axiom – ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life’. In that case, I should have been Magellan or Ponce de Leon ( okay, I’d have settled for being Mrs. M.