Archive | May 2015

Prep List Part 1

Since I like lists, I thought I might share a list of what I pack in preparation for planned adventures.

Allow me to warn you though, when I pack for adventures, of any length, I often over pack. This means that I am usually the most prepared, but also the most heavy-laden. It’s embarrassing, and I’m working on lightening up. That said, please don’t be overwhelmed if my two-part list seems excessive! Also, please note that I don’t bring all of this stuff on every adventure either!

Printed Mapquest or Triptick directions

(I don’t have a gps, on my phone or otherwise, so I do print turn by turn directions. I read them beforehand and have my co-pilot use them to direct me.)

A real paper map

(I use Rand McNally or the free glove-box ones from AAA. I have gotten lost and Mapquest has let me down. This is where having and understanding a printed map has helped me navigate home.)


(In addition to any anticipated park or parking fees, food or activity costs, I try to bring enough to fill my gas tank, just in case…).


(Depending on the adventure, this might just be my cell-phone camera. Usually it isn’t. Usually it’s a digital camera –but it just might be an old film camera, if it happens to be an artsy photo-shoot.)

Appropriate clothes

(I love hoodies, especially when they’re super new and bunny soft inside, or aged perfectly and giving off the ‘been-there-done-that’ air. I also tend to pack my swimsuit and towel along, at least during the summer months. A part from that, layers. Layers are always good. A spare pair of dry clean socks and shoes is beneficial.)


(While I love to eat on the road and some adventures call for a large hot cup of local brew, sometimes snacky foods like salted soy-nuts, dry cereal or carrot sticks is enough to satisfy. If you’re satisfied, you then have a bit more money and maybe just enough for a new hoodie!)


(I live in the Pacific Northwest. You bring your water bottle everywhere. Simply everywhere. Especially while adventuring. Otherwise you can’t fit in. Nalgene or some other eco-friendly re-usable water bottle is preferred. Plus, it’s good to stay hydrated, and I do drink a lot of water.)


(Some friends gave me a denim quilt made from old jeans. It’s pretty neat and functional. It’s medium heavy and easy to clean. I keep it in my car, just ready for its many uses. In July, I used it for a picnic blanket while waiting for darkness to set in and then used it for added warmth as I watched fireworks explode.)



AAA card

(Yes, I have a good old Triple-A membership. I will keep it for life. Thanks to timing belts and clutches, I have met many kind tow-truck-men through AAA during life adventures.)

Just-in-case Packet

(This small zippered pouch has a couple band aids, travel size toothbrush and paste, dental floss, ibuprophen, hair bands, bobby pin, safety pin, cough drops…etc. It’s often in my bag or in my backpack.)

Next week – the list will be continued with a part 2! Including things like, Pocket Knife, Paper & Pen/Pencil and Chap stick…

Roger’s Landing. Newberg, OR

Isn’t it fun when you stumble on a place, and it turns out to be a surprisingly good spot? That is how my sister and I felt about Roger’s Landing in Newberg, OR.

For various reasons we drive to and through Newberg several times a month. Often as I drive 99W down into Newberg I have noticed the mist and low clouds in valley area. For years we had noticed the signs advertising the Memorial Day boat races and had wondered where they took place, but had not taken the time to find out until recently. On a whim, my sister and I hung a left off 99W/ OR219 down River Street, then left again on NE Rogers Landing Road and drove to the end where we found ourselves at Roger’s Landing and the Willamette River. All of a sudden my ponderings about the mist cover were answered – it came from Newberg being along the river!

This past Mother’s Day when our mom requested a picnic, my sister and I had the perfect opportunity to pull Roger’s Landing out and share it with the rest of our family.

Here are a few photos of the spot. As you can see, there is plenty of room for boats to be parked and launched.

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By the way, the Memorial Day Boat races are up coming. The signs promise a good time.

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