Road Trip Day 7: Salem OR

Salem Oregon World

June 15, 2019           Day     7        

Road Trip Pause Day in Salem, Oregon

Slept at Doubletree by Hilton, Salem, OR

The view today is more sunny blue skies. Who says Oregon is cloudy and rainy? It is a bit chilly though—about 56*—isn’t that nice!

At 4:30 in the morning, the folks in the room above us, start to pace the floor and it creaks pretty loudly. The refrigerator won’t cool and there is more noise than there should be from the cooling unit. Not a happy camper.

Ready for the day about 7:30. I’ve researched possible tennis venues and we head out. The first two schools we find are padlocked. The third try was the charm—Bush Pasture Park has four beautiful courts with just one occupied. I needed my warm-up jacket. Bub wins 6-3. 

Tennis courts at Bush Pasture in Salem Oregon

We return to the hotel for their complimentary breakfast, enjoying the spread.

Doubletree Breakfast Salem Oregon

My dear friend, Jacqueline, lives in Salem. We were both bartenders back at the Midland Bar in Basalt Colorado back in the early 70’s (the “live in the tipi” years!). She came to live in Tucson with us in 1976 and stayed a year. We haven’t seen each other since then—so there is a lot of catching up! I’m very excited we get to spend a couple of days reconnecting!

Joeann and Jacqueline

She’s suggested we meet at the Salem Saturday Farmers Market.

Salem Oregon Saturday Farmer's Market

Google maps has taken very good care of us and takes us right to the Market. And there she is on the corner waiting for us and waving! We hug, hug, hug!

Her husband, Tom, and Bub find a table to sit and watch the girls go by while Jacqueline and I wander the booths– buying cherries and asparagus and greens for dinner.

Salem's Saturday Farmers Market

Gifted young musicians play for tips.

Kids Playing at Salem Oregon Farmers Market

I buy Lily a Record Keeper Crystal as a gift for watering my plants while I am gone.

Recordkeeper Crystak Salem Oregon

We go to their adorable abode with a 200 year old white oak tree gracing the deck and relax for a bit. Jacqueline has suggested a walk at The Riverfront Park—so off we (she and me and Bub) go, leaving Tom to some chores. The city has turned the old Railroad Bridge over the Willamette River into a walking/biking path. We walk for about an hour. The paths and park are full of families and folks enjoying the gorgeous weather and green. Grass and trees—we’re not in Arizona anymore! 

Salem's footbridge over the river

We return to the Doubletree for a few hours. I catch up on posting and writing. I complained about our room and they moved us to a higher floor with a working refrigerator. Unfortunately,  the highway noise was louder here. We did get 2 more chocolate chip cookies for the trouble.

We drove back to Jacqueline and Tom’s house in West Salem for a gourmet dinner of Salmon and Asparagus and a Salad from the market haul. We reminisced and laughed and sampled some Oregon wine.

Jacqueline's Dinner at Salem Oregon

Life is Good!

4 thoughts on “Road Trip Day 7: Salem OR

  1. Hey Joeann!, Thanks for the great review of our town and our Oakabode , our airbnb name!! Your photography makes our meal look gourmet!
    So lovely to see you again, my friend!
    Smooth travels!

  2. The record keeper Crystal really interests me, I have never heard of this! Great reading. This looked like a very special place, trees, cool weather, great food, and I could feel the love!

    1. The man who sold it to me told me the name and showed me the lines inside the crystal. My friend, Jacqueline, had a great “Bible of Crystals” and she showed me the write up on it. Really cool. Lil will be happy, I think.

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