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My Pendleton Vacation

It’s been a busy few weeks for the Doc. Moved into a new house last Friday, unpacked pretty much everything by Monday afternoon (except the sheds), and just got back yesterday from a trip to Pendleton, OR. Long drive but well worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially since my aunt and uncle live right on McKay ย Reservoir and we got to watch wild life every morning and evening for four days ๐Ÿ˜€

Mom, Aunt Sarah, and I went on a wine tasting adventure Wednesday in Walla Walla, OR. They have tons of tasting rooms all on main street. I am in love with the Chocolate Shop. Wine + chocolate = absolutely nothing wrong

On Thursday, all of us (us three girls and dad and Uncle Pat) went on the Pendleton Underground tour. This was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The tour was pretty long but I could have stayed another two hours. The group was larger than normal as they put two different ones together so they could all go home earlier that day. Since it was the 4th of July, I didn’t complain too much. But the size of the group (about 21 people) made it too difficult to see all of the artifacts and to have the time to take photos. The tour gives a glimpse into the history of Pendleton as it was lived underground: saloons, speak easies, opium dens, Chinese quarters, even a brothel that was running into the 1960’s (this was above ground though). The rooms have all been excavated and stabilized and stocked with artifacts dating back over 100 years. Fascinating. If you are ever in the Pendleton area I would highly recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

The same day we did the underground tour we also got the chance to see the famous Hamley Steakhouse. Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, and Don Henley are just a few of the celebs to have dined in the private dining room located in the wine cellar. This is WAY more than just a steakhouse. It’s a trip back through time into the old west. I couldn’t believe what this place has. Just check out some of these photos from the website and you’ll see what I mean. Some of it is new (the tin ceilings made to look old) but a lot of the pieces are antique and over a hundred years old.

What I love most about places like Hamley’s and the underground tours is that this is OUR history. We don’t have the Great Wall, the Parthenon, the Coliseum. We have the old west, the Civil War, the pioneers. It might not be super fun and pretty history but most history never is.

I’ll post some pictures of the Pendleton underground tour tomorrow. Time for this lady to head to bed. Funny how sitting in a car for 13 hours be so exhausting ๐Ÿ˜‰


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One Comment on “My Pendleton Vacation”

  1. Angel July 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Sounds amazing! Wanna go see Robert Plant with me at Red Rocks on Wednesday?

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