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Our Magical Mystery Winery Tour in Roseburg, Oregon

One of the highlights of our recent Oregon trip was getting together with relatives to go wine tasting! My sister Mac had won a prize at work the previous year for herself and guests to visit three different wineries (all of them a mystery to be revealed when we arrived) in the Umpqua Valley in Oregon for tasting and lunch. So since there were so many relatives coming up to see my other sister (for the record, I have three sisters, all drinking wine in the video!) get married, Mac decided to invite many of us as her guests!

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Jan 12, 2017, 08:43 PM (1 replies)

410,000 gallons a minute - the natural power & beauty of the Rogue Gorge!

Hidden from the 62 Highway on the way to Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, there is a mighty powerful gorge rushing by.

Even before starting out on the 3.5 mile Rogue Gorge Trail, you could hear the sounds of the river in the distance. You can feel the incredible power of the rushing water and hear it churning through the rocks - enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool each minute!

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Jan 5, 2017, 01:46 PM (3 replies)

Discover the Pinnacles at Crater Lake!

What are the Pinnacles? They are a group of volcanic pumice spires that were formed in the time preceding Mount Mazama’s collapse that formed Crater Lake 7,700 years ago.

Some are long and skinny, others are big and thick. They are all very tall and fascinating geological formations to view! We took our time enjoying the splendor of this unique natural wonder.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Dec 29, 2016, 01:12 PM (4 replies)

We put our 'elf on the shelf' in our tree for our holiday greetings!

Just wanted to send out a Christmas wish for patience, kindness, understanding and compassion toward each other. We also want to thank everyone out there watching our videos! Hope you enjoyed them and we plan on making more for 2017!

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Dec 22, 2016, 01:41 PM (4 replies)

The Deepest Lake in the United States

Prince Albert II of Monaco once visited Crater Lake and said “I’ve been to over 150 countries in the world and I’ve never seen anything like this.” Well, my wife and I haven’t been to that many or even half that many places, but we certainly agree with him.

Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Dec 15, 2016, 03:45 PM (27 replies)

The Rolls Royce of Jerky - I couldn't eat enough of it!

While Gary West may not be from the Old West, serving the city of Jacksonville, Oregon for 50 years is still quite an accomplishment! This is a place that The Today Show called the “Rolls-Royce of jerky” and it is the place to go for the best smoked meats in Oregon.

We pulled into their parking lot and saw there were a couple of signs celebrating their 50th anniversary.

When we opened the door, we could see the place was packed with all different varieties of meats! The store clerk was very friendly and asked what we were doing in town. When I told her we were in Jacksonville for my sister’s wedding, she told us that some of our relatives had been in the store earlier that day! They may have a national reputation, but they still have small town friendliness.

They also have lots of tasty samples! There were meat samples, cheese samples, even popcorn samples. The meat samples were all very tasty; one sample case even had mustard to dip it in. They even have wine tasting there, but we didn’t try that this time. Neek, her sister, and I all found a good piece of jerky to buy.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Dec 8, 2016, 02:51 PM (1 replies)

One of the oldest (1859) cemeteries in Oregon

The first official burial there was Margaret Love in 1859. The cemetery is divided into different plots, often by religion or fraternal order, like the Masons and Odd Fellows. The atmosphere there is subdued and tranquil, and every headstone feels like a historical marker.

I think what we really appreciated about the place was how it imparts a sense of history on a quieter more personal level. Reading about these people, when they lived, how they died, you do get a more intimate sense of the struggles they went through in the Old West, but also the feeling that their lives mattered; their struggles built a great town that’s still great today. Visiting a cemetery can be a somber occasion, but for us it was a wonderfully inspiring complement to our journey through Jacksonville.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Dec 1, 2016, 03:34 PM (5 replies)

The 13 impossible crises that humanity now faces

The 13 impossible crises that humanity now faces

George Monbiot

From Trump to climate change, this multiheaded crisis presages collapse. And there’s no hope of exiting the ‘other side’ if political alternatives are shut down

Please don’t read this unless you are feeling strong. This is a list of 13 major crises that, I believe, confront us. There may be more. Please feel free to add to it or to knock it down. I’m sorry to say that it’s not happy reading.

1. Donald Trump

The next occupant of the White House will be a man who appears to possess no capacity for restraint, balance or empathy, but a bottomless capacity for revenge and vindictiveness. He has been granted a clean sweep of power, with both houses and the supreme court in his pocket. He is surrounding himself with people whose judgment and knowledge of the world are, to say the least, limited. He will take charge of the world’s biggest nuclear and conventional arsenals, and the most extensive surveillance and security apparatus any state has ever developed.

2. His national security adviser

In making strategic military decisions, he has a free hand, with the capacity to act even without the nominal constraint of Congress. His national security adviser, Michael T Flynn, is a dangerous extremist.

3. The rest of his team

Trump’s team is partly composed of professional lobbyists hired by fossil fuel, tobacco, chemical and finance companies and assorted billionaires. Their primary political effort is to avoid regulation and taxation. These people – or rather the interests they represent – are now in charge. Aside from the implications for the living world, public health, public finance and financial stability, this is a vindication of the political model pioneered by the tobacco companies in the 1960s. It demonstrates that if you spend enough money setting up thinktanks, academic posts and fake grassroots movements, and work with the corporate media to give them a platform, you can buy all the politics you need. Democracy becomes a dead letter. Political alternatives are shut down.



Number 12 in particular was a WTF moment for me.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Fri Nov 25, 2016, 01:39 PM (7 replies)

When is the recount deadline for NORTH CAROLINA? If it hasn't passed, it should NOT be ignored!

While I am highly encouraged that the examination of a team of computer scientists found evidence that vote totals in three states, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, could have been manipulated or hacked has lead Jill Stein to raise money for a recount in those states, I am puzzled as to why she is not including North Carolina even though they apparently weren't examined in that study. There is a much larger discrepancy between the exit poll and state vote count at 5.9%, which Jonathan Simon calls "way outside the margin of error for that poll and therefore very unlikely to occur by chance."

So the only reason I can think of why North Carolina is being excluded, and their 15 electoral votes going to Trump uncontested, is because their deadline to file for a recount has already passed. Does anyone know if this is the case or is their still a chance to file?
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Nov 24, 2016, 11:03 PM (6 replies)

Jacksonville, Oregon - Preserved Gold Rush Town

Jacksonville, Oregon may have a long history dating back to the Old West, but I wouldn’t describe it as a “ghost” town. Though the population of the small town is listed at slightly over 2,800 people, it is a very popular place to visit! We arrived on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning and were surprised that there were already lots of people walking the sidewalks of Main Street.

It is truly amazing to see how many buildings that line Main Streets and the side streets connected to it are from the 1850s through the 1880s.

Of course, most of the old buildings now have new businesses currently occupying them. But each building does have a sign that shows what year the building was made and what business occupied it at the time.
Posted by robertpaulsen | Thu Nov 24, 2016, 02:33 PM (4 replies)
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