Trip to Newberg

Yesterday we packed the trailer then loaded all nine puppies into two crates which we put in the back seat of the truck cab: 4 boys in one side, 5 girls in the other. We left about 11:30 a.m. What should have been a 4.5 hour trip turned into 5 hours due to a 1/2 hour delay from a wreck 2 miles south of Wolf Creek (about 45 minutes from home). By the time we were through that, the puppies had settled down and stopped screaming and were quiet the rest of the way.

Puppies meeting human puppy

This morning we started out with a professional portrait shoot of puppies. I think that there will be some pretty cute pictures out of that. Each puppy had individual shots as well as group photos. After that, we had Megan puppy- and dog-sit while we took a little drive and wine tour. I could live here. Forgive the quality of some of the shots, shooting through the truck window. I don’t have photoshop on the netbook.

Elk Cove Winery – beautiful setting, mediocre wines.

We had a late lunch at Farm to Fork in Dundee.  Highly recommended

I enjoyed:

Crispy Duck Confit Salad Wine Poached Figs, Roasted Grapes, Baby Chicories, Hazelnuts Aillade, Rogue Blue Cheese

Tom chose:

Draper Farms Chicken Salad Sandwich on House Baked Brioche Open Faced with Celery Root-Apple Remoulade, Grapes, Eggers Acres Hazelnuts, Bibb Lettuce

We are skipping dinner tonight.

View from Erath tasting room. Thumbs up to their winemaker.

We came away from Erath with many bottles, especially of their single-vineyard 2006 vintage Pinot Noirs: Prince Hill and Leland.  While the Prince Hill Vineyard is just out of Dundee, near the winery, Leland is a 4-acre winery between Canby and Oregon City.

Yamill County vista

We’ve done quite a bit of traveling around the country including Alaska and Hawaii, and I have to say that while there may be a few more spectacular vistas there are few areas that compare for over-all beauty and livability.