West Cliff Lodge

This is the West Cliff hotel (formerly the Vagabond Lodge) next to the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River.
It’s a fun place to go.
As soon as you walk in the office, you need to maneuver around a big old friendly dog who refuses to move from the front of the registration desk.
You can’t sit down, because a big old friendly cat is sitting in the chair by the registration desk.
However, the rooms are huge, have splendid views and reasonable rates.
In the morning, we walked next door to the Columbia Gorge Hotel and had a most excellent breakfast, also at very reasonable prices.

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WAAAM 2017-09-17

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Oregon Caves Chateau

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We stayed here last night.
No internet access, no wi-fi.
Very peaceful.
Except for that crow sitting by our window.

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Strange Creatures

These creatures were swarming at the Bend Senior Center this morning.

Our Television station says they are only harmless moths.
I disagree. They are alien invaders from outer space.

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This is Spumgolion, a spaghetti dish passed down to me from my Mother. It’s my favorite.
Here’s the recipe:


1 – 1.5 lb. (0.5 kg ñ 0.7 kg) ground beef
1 small onion chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
1 small can tomato sauce
1 small can who1e tomatoes
1 pkg. sloppy Joe mixture

Brown meat in skillet. Add chopped onion and celery. Cook for about five
minutes. Add tomatoes and sauce. Bring to boil, lower heat, and add sloppy Joe
mixture. Cook for about 15 minutes more. Serve over cooked spaghetti.

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Harold and Maude

Last night I finally saw the classic 1971 movie, “Harold and Maude.”
What a gem!
I enjoyed every minute of it.
5 stars out of 5.


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Recommended Movie – “The Founder”

Shari and I watched this movie last night, and we highly recommend it. 

It tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

 We were particularly impressed with the McDonald brothers’ story of how they put together the first McDonald’s restaurant.   Very interesting.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.




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