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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Left Coast America

I went to the US to visit family in April, but got so busy that I just got done looking at the photos. Here are more than enough.

My sister. She lives near the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland. She's walking distance from everything important, including the Deschutes Brewery.

Portland has many bridges. This is the Morrison Bridge.

Lots of Springtime flowers.

This is Bailey's Tap Room. Lots of beer on tap!

The "beer board" at Bailey's.

Great architecture and nicely maintained old buildings.

Chinatown gate.

More nice old buildings.

The world famous Voodoo Doughnuts.

Voodoo doughnuts. They are filled with strawberry jelly. They come with a pretzel stick which you use to poke the doughnut voodoo doll.

Elephant sculpture at the North Park Blocks.

We took a long walk along this little-used railroad spur. In the summer months they run an excursion train out to the shore.

We spotted some geese.

And what looks like a real voodoo doll.

The Willamette River with Portland in the distance.

We had a nice lunch on the river. This place is called Aquariva.

Dinner at Jake's Grill, located in the historic Governor Hotel. Note the heads above the bar.

Union Station. I took the train from Portland to San Luis Obispo, near where my Dad lives.

Amtrak's Coast Starlight has a nice domed lounge car.

It was raining by the time we got to Eugene.

The train was quite long.

Gin and Tonic in the Cascade Mountain Range.

Snow in the Cascades.

I didn't really expect to see a snow storm this late in the year.

The Davis, California Amtrak Station.

Breakfast in the dining car. The food was quite good.

California's Bay Area. You can just see the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.

Old steam engine at a railway museum at the Salinas Amtrak Station.

My Dad. We're dining at Pappy's, a famous old truck stop and diner. That's my grilled tri-tip steak in the foreground.


Dad, Donna and me having Sunday Brunch at the Santa Maria Inn.

I took the Amtrak bus to Santa Barbara and the train to Union Station in Los Angeles. This old Chinese restaurant is in Lompoc, California. Not far from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Union Station, Los Angeles. One of the last of the great railway stations.

This is the old and now unused ticket counter room. It is often seen in movies and on TV.

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