Markets, Trails, and Car Trouble!

We went to an amazing farmers market in Eugene to fuel up for a wonderful hike. Wonderful trails and great bird watching. Got some great photos. Then it was off to portland (after a snack). I managed to get us lost and eventually blazed my own trail (where i shouldn’t have) and was left with 2 flat tires. my roadside assistance plan hooked us up with the craziest tow truck driver ever. a great guy from san diego who was excited to see other californians. He towed us to costco and even hung out for a while waiting for our friend. Thanks again Denise! After that we snacked at Burgerville a eco friendly (and delicious) fast food joint. And nested at Denise’s place. here are some photos. Now i’m off to Costco to get some new tires and then we’ll explore the city. i hear they have a giant bookstore here.

Eugene Farmers Market:  PeppersEugene TailEugene HikeEugene Trail RestBroken Car in Portland

Fond Memories of Mexico

I just found my iWeb travel blog from my trip to mexico 3.5 years ago.  Reading my adventures reminded me of what a great time i had.  I need to get out of the US more often.  I have a few ideas in the works to bed my wonderlust.  We’ll see which idea pans out (or entices others)

Read Along:  http://web.mac.com/be3n/iWeb/Travel%20Log/

I wrote it in iWeb originally because it easily let you work offline and publish whenever you have internet.  Now i use the wordpress app for iPhone!!  (maybe i’ll migrate the posts here, one day)

UPDATE:  That day has come.  now you can visit those posts here!

Tequila!

After passing countless fields of agave we finally arrived in the town of Tequila.  Home of a drink of the same name.  We visited the Jose Cuervo factory.  Tour and tastes for tourists because most of the actual Tequila production and all of the bottling takes place near Guadalajara.  I had a great time, even while I was almost beaned by a falling agave (they can be 50-70 kilos).  I learned much about the making and drinking of Tequila.  We even got to see the private cellar.  It was actually lost for decades, only found when growth and expansion lead to serious remodeling.


After the tour we met up with a friend Eric had made on his previous visit.  We met up for more drinks and wonderful conversation.  A really great guy with a lovely fiancé.  He is building a Tequila factory of his own.  As the day came to an end, we had to pack our car and get back on the road.  The sun was setting on the agave fields as we drove on to Morelia.