WELCOME BACK TO AMERICA & AMERICA WELCOMES NATASA

I called a friend and asked to spend a few days, she had to check with her husband. I felt some pressure to find a place, so I called my neighbors. They just finished their new
AIR B & B apartment. This was one of the best places I stayed in the past year.
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I WORKED IN TRADE FOR MY ACCOMMODATIONS (Thank You Alex, Sara and Caitlin)

MY LITTLE GEO METRO
There are many reasons to love America and just as many to hate it. My first day driving in my Geo Metro I was tailgated within 2 meters (6 ft.) by no other than a Hummer. There are so many needs in the world and the planet can’t absorb anymore excessive living. The American Hummer is an example of one of the many capitalistic excesses that makes me hate America. There’s a saying “If you want to drive a Hummer, join the Army”
HUMMER-BUMMER
I have season tickets to Portland’s NBA team the Portland Trail Blazers. I made the last game of the season and the Blazers made the playoffs for the first time in years!, more games.

IT'S ALWAYS FUN TIMES WITH STEVE AT THE BLAZER GAMES.

IT’S ALWAYS FUN TIMES WITH STEVE AT THE BLAZER GAMES.

It’s fun to go to games with the other Steve too!

A PRE-GAME WARM UP WITH STEVE IS ALWAYS A HIT!

My accommodations were across the street from my house. My house was being occupied for 2 more weeks. This gave me an opportunity to power wash, do weeding, trimming and mowing.

Hiring "local" spanish speaking workers

Hiring “local” spanish speaking workers

The garden is huge and requires a lot of work. I have apple trees, fig, plums, kiwi, pears, lots of blueberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes. Plus there’s a huge vegetable garden area. It’s been a great opportunity to take a break for all the responsibility of a house and yard, (to be continued).

Blueberries, Pears, Apples and Currents

I wrote a story about having a cyst on my testical last Sept. They said it would go away on it’s own, nope. So I opted for surgery, a two-fer: remove the cyst & a vasectomy.

BEFORE SURGERY, I WAS LAUGHING, LIKE NORMAL

 

AFTER SURGERY? TAKING THE DOCTORS ADVICE, “PUT IT ON ICE”

 

LIVING ROOM “RECOVERY ROOM” (NOT TOO BAD)

Since the plane landed in America I’ve been working 8-10-12 hour days, everyday. I didn’t have time to even meet people for coffee, sorry. I was able to attend several Blazer games. The Blazers hadn’t been in the 2nd round of the playoffs in 14 years. This amazing shot by Damian Lillard is unforgettable and put them in the second round (facing the Spurs)(Spurs won the championship).

ARRON & I SAW THE BEST GAME IN 14 YEARS, THAT SHOT WILL GO DOWN IN BLAZER HISTORY.   UPDATE: voted NBA game of the year.

How do I pay for all of this? I own 4 apartments, bought 25 years ago, with that and cheap living, the party is on. Still there is no “free” money. Apartments require maintenance and lots of it. I power washed, painted, fixed plumbing and sealed the driveway. Since I was only going to be in America for 6 weeks, I had to kick ass!
But when one of your good friends is Matt, you have an awesome worker and things get done.

LOADING UP THE GEO AND TRAILER, EVERYONE IS WORKING HARD.

 

HARD WORK DESERVES HARD PLAY, BLAZER GAME AND BUFFETT DINNER

NATASA COMES TO AMERICA
My friend Hans, hooked us up with Delta Buddy Passes, that made it possible for her to come visit.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

She said she wanted to help.

WERE WORKING ON THE APARTMENTS


I think I over worked her? she couldn’t even walk by the end of the day.

NATASA GOT TO VISIT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, BROKEN, JUST LIKE SLOVENIAS

DIAGNOSIS: Too much plane riding and sleeping on airport couches. She’ll recover.
Natasa had never had Sushi, so we must visit Takahashi
mine and my good friend Mike Nealy’s favorite place.

WERE HAVING A GREAT TIME (aren’t we Natasa?) DON’T LIKE SUSHI?

We go visit WASHINGTON PARK ROSE GARDEN after dinner.

YES, SHE’S LEANING ON ME, SHE CAN STILL HARDLY WALK

If your visiting Portland, you must have desert at PAPA HAYDN. The owners use to be my customers, I ate here all the time.

CHOCOLATE WITH RASPBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MINT PIE.

Friends have been asking Natasa “have you done anything fun? what have you seen?” We’ve been working hard, “work first, play later?.” Were having a BBQ party to meet Natasa on Saturday, we better do something fun, NOW.
We start with,

BREAKFAST AT TIMBERLINE LODGE ON MT. HOOD.
I’ve skied and snowboarded here the past 20 years. Lot’s of great memories.
After a filling breakfast, we headed to Parkdale to visit the HUTSON MUSEUM. The Hutson family donated a lifetime of collecting and rocks was one of their favorite things to collect and mine too.

A TRIP TO PARKDALE ISN’T COMPLETE UNTIL YOU’VE HAD HUCKLEBERRY ICE CREAM

It was quite entertaining watching all the pick-up trucks, all had dogs on board when they drove by.
Then we headed to LOST LAKE, one of my favorite places to bike tour to in Oregon.

NATASA CATCHES BIG FOOT (WOODY)

We brought the bicycles with us, so I guess we have to ride them. We ride the Mosier Tunnels that follows the Columbia Gorge.

We then head to Oregon’s number one “natural” tourist attraction, MULTNOMAH FALLS.

WE HIKED TO THE UPPER BRIDGE (I had to)

It’s getting dark, but there’s still enough light to visit the VISTA HOUSE ON CROWN POINT
It’s time for some Mexican food. After 14 hours of being a tourist, now Natasa has seen some parts of Oregon. Were ready for the BBQ party now, with stories.
We head down to Portland’s Farmers Market. to buy supplies for the BBQ party.

BUYING MULTI-COLORED POTATOES FOR VEGI-SKEWERS

My friends want to meet Nastasa so the BBQ party is an all in one, food, fun and friends.

DAT, MANS THE BBQ, THANKS DAT

THIS IS LONNIE BRUHN THE COMEDIAN, NATASA, BARB, KIM AND JILL DANDY.

SHANNON AND MATT, NEWLYWEDS

The party was great fun, thank you to all of those who were able to attend.
The next day it’s a beautiful day in Portland and there’s no better way to see Portland (and the world), than by bicycle. I was a bicycle tour guide in Portland and took Natasa on my City Tour.

GOOD TOURIST

 

WERE GIVING IT OUR BEST EFFORT

 

WE MAKE A RETURN VISIT TO THE ROSE GARDEN

 

NATASA’S CATCHING PORTLAND’S BIKE CULTURE FEVER

I really wanted to take Natasa on one of my favorite rides, the BANKS-VERNONIA TRAIL. Due to time constraints (or working too much) there wasn’t time to ride the trail. I thought visiting Vernonia by car then heading to the coast gave us an opportunity to do 2 fun things.

THE CAMPING AT THE LAKE IS PRIVATE AND CAR-FREE.

I knew the people who ran the museum and got them to open it up, just for us.

LOTS OF LOGGING HISTORY AND INTERESTING LOCAL HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS

After breakfast and coffee at the Black Bear Cafe, we head to the Oregon Coast.
The first place we visit is the ASTORIA COLUMN.

We bought wooden airplanes that you can throw off from the top.

MY PLANE FLY FOREVER (almost)

We had our bicycles (again), so we headed to FORT STEVENS BIKE PATHS If you visit the Oregon Coast be sure to visit Fort Stevens, it’s a full day of activities. We didn’t see everything, so we’ll be back.

VIEW PLATFORM

We head down to Seaside (tourist beach town) then to Cannon Beach and see the famous HAYSTACK ROCK.
Another 14 hour day of sightseeing and adventures. We have one last party, Strawberries and Ice Cream.
PHOTOS
Thanks for reading
Jeff
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5 thoughts on “WELCOME BACK TO AMERICA & AMERICA WELCOMES NATASA

  1. anusa Mihelic

    Dear Jeff and Nataša, I’m happy for you both. Have a nice time. And we are still in the same address. We must see America again, you have nice places in Washington.

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  2. karim

    Dear jeff
    it has been a while 😀 you wouldn’t even recognize me if you saw me now a lot have changed since you left. i’m really happy to see that you are doing well and happy. say hi to natasa for me. Don’t forget to come back to istanbul with her later on.

    sincerely,
    Karim

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    1. jeffsbiketour Post author

      Thanks for keeping in touch. A funny thing, just yesterday I was asking home much her ticket was to Istanbul. (300 euro). I had a great time living in Kadikoy and talking politics with you. I still follow the news in Egypt and think about you safely in Istanbul. The Al Jazeera journalist jailing is too much. I wonder when the U.S. will finally stop selling (giving) weapons to Egypt? I’m planning some trips to visit new and old friends around Europe, I’ll let you know if I can make it that far too. Take care and good luck in school.
      Jeff

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  3. davidakachops

    Jeff, I am super stoked for you. I see you are keeping the blog updated, its nice to see pictures and see where you are at, thanks. Working huh? Still havent figured out how to get free money yet? Yeah, me neither. Let me know when you figure that one out. Wish I could have been at the BBQ.
    See you another time.
    -David

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    1. jeffsbiketour Post author

      I just went bike touring with Natasa and 2 teenage girls around Budapest and Lake Balaton in Hungary, last week. I’m working on the photos and a new post, I need a couple more days to finish it up, check back.

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