Going For A Stroll

Walking and hiking in the Pacific Northwest can be exhilarating, breathtaking and definitely refreshing.

Whether you take the straight and narrow

Or the long and winding road

It’s a time to walk with your eyes up to the beauty of the season or you may miss the woodpecker smorgasbord

And if you’re lucky, you’ll come across a rare sight for November in this neck of the woods

Breathe And Recharge

We all have those big cities near us that provide the requisite amount of hub and bub to our lives. It’s almost impossible to avoid. The traffic. The crowds. The noise.

Some of us are lucky enough to have a solution to all that. Driving 15 minutes in almost any direction from the city center will find another frame of mind. You’ll find yourself in the land of Small Town USA.

A place where small shops still advertise with small signs above the sidewalk. Where quirky, not weird, is alive and well.


Where quirky, not weird, is alive and well.

A town where you can get a sidewalk hot dog, cross the street to wash it down with a beer at the pub then get something sweet at the panaderia.

For dinner there’s always the Indian Fusion place next door.

These towns are so much more that the storefronts and little traffic. It’s people walking and saying “Hi!”. It’s the small theaters. It’s the old, weathered brick and heavy wooden doors.

It’s a place that still feels good about a father and daughter dance. Or signs reminding you to make your reservation for the American Legion Crab Feed.

If that big city is a triple shot, caff, half caff, extra hot, no foam, soy latte existence then these small oases are the comfort food towns we all need to visit. If to do nothing more than take a deep breath and recharge.

It’s Really Not So Bad…

For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first. – Queen Elizabeth II

Up at 0600. Showered and dressed. Going over the river and through the woods? No. Going down I-5 and over the Marquam Bridge to work. Yes, today I’m one of the lucky ones that gets to work on Christmas Day. Yuck, right? That’s what I thought last night as I was sitting in front of the fire after a wonderful dinner.

I walked through the NICU door and was greeted by smiles and “Merry Christmas” from people in the same boat as me. “Stuck” at work on Christmas when we just want to be home. We have tried to infuse the unit and hospital with holiday cheer for our patients and families. At the same time it has made us feel a little more Christmas-y. There are more smiles and jokes today.

It won’t take the place of being with the family for gifts and breakfast. Or playing with that new gadget. Or watching “Christmas Vacation” or “Love Actually”.
That’s when it dawned on me that it’s really not so bad.

Merry Christmas from TikiBear!

Turbulent Tuesday

Here it comes! The Pineapple Express! Officially it’s called a atmospheric river. And it’s as wet as the name implies. No matter what name it goes by it means warm, wet weather for the northwest.

Think of it as Chinook Winds including an ark building advisory. These have been happening since the region’s Native Americans have told the legends.

Streams and roads will flood. Believe it or not, there are still people that insist on driving through standing water. Keeps the police and fire departments busy but diverts resources from where they’re really needed. STOP DOING IT PEOPLE!

Tillamook Lighthouse today

We know it’s coming. We know it’s time to get prepared. Flashlights, battery powered radios and dry firewood to keep warm. We’ll get through this. Until the next one…next week.