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Thursday, October 2, 2014

To Chanpoeg Bypassing Salem

Aloha Everyone,

Salem is the capitol of Oregon and the second largest city in the state after Portland. Located in the middle of beautiful, lush Willamette River Valley and residents choose to live here because of good quality of life.

Our entry and exit to Salem was in a haste. We had two objectives; one to find a nice restaurant for lunch and more importantly to find self-service print shop where we can do transfer files, print, sign, scan so we can email the document out.

Geppetto's Italian Restaurant had no curve appeal. The fact it was located next to Office Max was the best reason for our walking in the door.

The service was excellent. My Italian Vegetarian Pasta and J.J.'s Spaghetti Alla Carbonara were good but American in taste.

Employees at the Office Max store we went were cheerful and provided us with excellent service. One of them voiced her concern about the imminent merger of Office Depot and Office Max but then she shrugged her shoulders and said, 'But not much we could do.  It's all settled upstairs."

Honu does not like cities. So our choice was to find a place outside of Salem. Champoeg Is a state heritage area and about an hour North of Salem. J.J. had an intuition that a RV in front of us with British Columbia license plate was also headed to the same destination.

There were no directional signs but our Honu followed the BC license.

At last we arrived at Champoeg. The BC driver told J.J. with a smile that he thought that we were going to the same place.

This camp site is another park-like setting. Honu is also parked under a canopy of golden leaves.

Aloha -- Cathi