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Standing Solid in Front of the Almighty’s Podium

Standing Solid in Front of the Almighty’s Podium

This is not a suggestion to gather at a physical church while in the midst of a pandemic. Please stay safe everyone. I had planned on going out and taking[...]

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A Rambling Wanderer’s Prayer While Hunkered Down in the Midst of the Coronavirus

A Rambling Wanderer’s Prayer While Hunkered Down in the Midst of the Coronavirus

Dear Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus & Holy Spirit Thank you for Your love for me. Thank you for your perfect peace during this time of utter unrest that has swept[...]

Hiking

Rodney Falls & the Pool of the Winds

Rodney Falls & the Pool of the Winds

Mondays are normally used for diving into the work week, figuring out what needs to get done for the week ahead, but not this Monday; this Monday we decided to[...]

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Las Vegas at WPPI

Las Vegas at WPPI

Vegas is always an experience and this time around was no exception that is for sure. Of course the trip started in Portland, after the customary picture of our shoes[...]

Chance Encounters

Chasing Waterfalls Again and Finding More Friends Along the Way

Chasing Waterfalls Again and Finding More Friends Along the Way

We talked about going hiking early after we first woke up this morning, but figuring out finance, working on taxes, and other last minute Friday things got in our way.[...]

Do It Afraid

All In!

All In!

I‘ve been writing a lot more lately….just not in this blog. My writing, like my thoughts, are all over the place, which makes me afraid that this blog will just[...]

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Egg and I

Egg and I

Wow! What a summer! I hope your summer has been every bit as fun as mine has. This past Saturday I attended the annual Timber Tiger Lodge party, which takes[...]

Chance Encounters

Chasing Waterfalls

Chasing Waterfalls

Today I decided to start writing more often and even set an alarm on my phone to remind me to spend some quality time getting my thoughts, ideas and travel[...]

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Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Falls

Sundays have become our day to explore places we’ve never gone before, today that meant a drive out Wind River Highway north SR14 in Washington state to Panther Creek Falls.[...]

Oklahoma

A Rambling Wanderer – Oklahoma Bound

A Rambling Wanderer – Oklahoma Bound

In six hours and 15 minutes I will be checking in to my Saturday morning flight, 24 hours before it departs the Portland airport, with the world famous PDX carpet,[...]

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Great food, good times and saddles, in Pendleton, Oregon

Great food, good times and saddles, in Pendleton, Oregon

It’s been a couple months since my youngest daughter and I got to spend some time together, so an evening in Pendleton was just what we needed. Our first stop[...]

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Now I’m Found!

Now I’m Found!

I found myself in Umatilla, Oregon while playing the role of Executive Director of the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce. No really…I found myself, because when I crash landed in this[...]

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When is a Kid No Longer a Kid at the Eagle Creek Fire

When is a Kid No Longer a Kid at the Eagle Creek Fire

I’ve driven through the Gorge more times than I can even remember, and each and every time it is a beautiful sight to see, one we Oregonians don’t take for[...]

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Umatilla’s Path of ‘Almost’ Totality Tailgate Party

Umatilla’s Path of ‘Almost’ Totality Tailgate Party

Ready or not the 2017 total eclipse of the sun is just a week away….where will you be to experience it all? How about heading over to Umatilla’s Marina Park[...]

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Rambling Wanderer – Summer 2016

Rambling Wanderer – Summer 2016

Here we go, summer is in full swing. It’s time for camping, fishing, bike riding, kayaking, hiking and all other types of outdoor activities. I was lucky enough to start[...]

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Green Bridge and the Eagle Cap Excursion Train

Green Bridge and the Eagle Cap Excursion Train

Always an amazing time on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train.[...]

Hawaii

The Road to Hana in Maui

The Road to Hana in Maui

What an incredible trip this was, yet had I known the Road to Hana is the fifth most dangerous road in the world, I don’t think I would have willingly[...]

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OEN and the Tom Holce 2016 Entrepreneurship Awards

OEN and the Tom Holce 2016 Entrepreneurship Awards

By Lori Kimbel   It’s no secret that I come from a small town in Northeast Oregon… Elgin, Oregon to be exact. Elgin is like many of the small towns[...]

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Andrew Muse and His Tiny Home Adventure

Andrew Muse and His Tiny Home Adventure

By Lori Kimbel Twenty six year old Andrew Muse is living a life full of adventure and excitement. A life many would love to have just a taste of. Traveling[...]

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My View

My View

There is never a lack of stories when it comes to writing about Northeast Oregon, but there is the lack of time to write them all. With 2016 quickly coming[...]

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Derek Kolbaba and the Business of Bull Riding

Derek Kolbaba and the Business of Bull Riding

By Lori Kimbel Derek Kolbaba is a bull rider and is on his way to making his dream, of riding in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, come true.[...]

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My View – What a Summer!

My View – What a Summer!

Wow! What a summer!     I hope your summer has been every bit as fun as mine has. This past Saturday I attended the annual Timber Tiger Lodge party,[...]

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Little Mermaid at the Elgin Opera House

Little Mermaid at the Elgin Opera House

By Lori Kimbel Without a doubt the Elgin Opera House is the place to be on Fridays and Saturdays throughout September as the Little Mermaid graces the stage. Opening night[...]

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New Owners at Timberlake Campground and RV Park

New Owners at Timberlake Campground and RV Park

By Lori Kimbel Kyle and Marissa Vaner Borght knew they wanted something more than the life they were living in Burbank, California. Their day to day lives lead them down[...]

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John Kueber Creates Jrrny.com for Travel Blogger Enthusiasts

John Kueber Creates Jrrny.com for Travel Blogger Enthusiasts

By Lori Kimbel John Kueber’s first attempt at public office, a bid for president of the junior high he had just started attending where he was known mostly as ‘the[...]

Grande Ronde Valley

Wheat, Alfalfa, Grass and Mint in the Grande Ronde Valley

Wheat, Alfalfa, Grass and Mint in the Grande Ronde Valley

I travel a lot, and am blessed to meet some really great people along the way. Lately I’ve been in the Gorge and have come home in the evening, just[...]

Elgin

Wandering out to Point Prominence

Wandering out to Point Prominence

What can be better than taking a trip through the woods with your man and your dog. Snow in the mountains of NE Oregon stops a lot of road trips[...]

Camping Oregon

Barton Park, Oregon For Family Camping Trip on Memorial Weekend

Barton Park, Oregon For Family Camping Trip on Memorial Weekend

Barton Park, Oregon for Family Camping Trip on Memorial Weekend TRAVELER  /  May 28, 2016  /  By ramblingwanderer /  follow Home / Travel It was a beautiful day for a drive[...]

Camino de Santiago

My Journey to the Camino de Santiago

My Journey to the Camino de Santiago

With so many things swirling around in my head about work, life, family, friends, and relationships its hard to imagine that there will be a day that I will be[...]

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Ready to Search My Soul in Spain

Ready to Search My Soul in Spain

I was looking at the first post I wrote for this blog back in 2011. I talked about my love for Vegas….I really do like Vegas, it’s been a long[...]

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My View – May/June 2016

My View – May/June 2016

Have you ever had on of those weeks where everything just came together? I had the good fortune of spending five days in Pendleton, Oregon, home of Eastern Oregon’s signature[...]

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Be Pleasantly Surprised at Fringe Salon and Boutique

Be Pleasantly Surprised at Fringe Salon and Boutique

By Lori Kimbel   Cosmetologist, Emily Hendricks stepped into a former beauty salon at 612 N. Main Street in downtown Milton-Freewater and her imagination took over. For decades the building[...]

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Community Focus: Milton Freewater

Community Focus: Milton Freewater

By Lori Kimbel   Located at the base of the Blue Mountains is the city of Milton-Freewater, which has a lot to offer whether you are a resident or someone[...]

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Oregon Maverick – Lars Larson

Oregon Maverick – Lars Larson

By Lori Kimbel   Lars Larson is well known around the Pacific Northwest; some people hang on his every word, others are known to disagree with him adamantly, this is[...]

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Ring of Fire Sizzles with Talent

Ring of Fire Sizzles with Talent

Ring of Fire debuted this weekend at the Historic Elgin Opera House. It depicts Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story, and is told through his music.The cast and crew at the[...]

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Let’s Go To Green Bridge

Let’s Go To Green Bridge

I love living in the place I grew up in. Sometimes I’m ready to move on, I crave some new scenery, and maybe even a new way of looking at[...]

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Friendly Encounters

Friendly Encounters

  Have you ever had on of those weeks where everything just came together? I had the good fortune of spending five days in Pendleton, Oregon, home of Eastern Oregon’s[...]

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My View – 2016 is in Full Swing

My View – 2016 is in Full Swing

These first couple months of 2016 have proven to be quite eventful to say the least, and we are covering some of those events on the following pages.   I[...]

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My View for March-April Issue of Northeast Oregon Business News

My View for March-April Issue of Northeast Oregon Business News

This is my letter to the readers of Northeast Oregon Business News.   These first couple months of 2016 have proven to be quite eventful to say the least, and[...]

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

I attended the live production of My Fair Lady at the Historic Elgin Opera House last night and I was completely blown away, once again, by the talent that graces[...]

Portland

The MAX, What a Pleasant Surprise

The MAX, What a Pleasant Surprise

Portland, Portlandia, The Rose City. I was here. All day long, I was here, in Portland, the Rose City, and once again she made me proud to be an Oregonian.[...]

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My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over

Today was one of those great days when I really appreciate the work I do. I was able to drive to Wallowa County, which a visit to Wallowa County is[...]

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A Waddling Wanderer

A Waddling Wanderer

I came across these little bird foot prints as I was rushing to a community meeting this week. They were little and cute and seemed to trample the snow that[...]

Oregon

From There to Where….Only Time Will Tell

From There to Where….Only Time Will Tell

The pictures in today’s post are a bit haunting to me. I’m sure we all have those times in our lives when we feel a little empty and stripped of[...]

Harney County Oregon

Prayers for Peace for Harney County

Prayers for Peace for Harney County

  I’ve had mixed emotions today over what transpired on Hwy 395 last night. The leaders of the armed militia group have been taken into custody, unfortunately one of them[...]

Elgin Oregon

Walking in Winter

Walking in Winter

The middle of January doesn’t always mean weather nice enough to go for a walk in, so when the sun popped out and the warmth came along with it, it[...]

Hood River

Hood River at Night

Hood River at Night

    I don’t know exactly what it is about Hood River that I love so much, it just has that special something. It seems like I always arrive in[...]

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Chance Meetings

Chance Meetings

Chance meetings are always so much fun. While delivering the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of NEOBN I happened to walk toward a young man on my way back to where my[...]

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Happy New Year – I’m Ready for 2016

Happy New Year – I’m Ready for 2016

The beginning of a new year is always so exciting to me. I’m never sorry to see an old year go, sometimes I am sentimental about it, other times I’ve[...]

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Milton-Freewater Farmers Market & More

Milton-Freewater Farmers Market & More

Some days are just better than others. This one was a good one, filled with friends and acquaintances, travel and talking.[...]

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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

I have created this website more times than I can count it seems, but this time I am going to be sure to keep up on adding photos and creating[...]

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I am who I am because of the people I grew up with

I am who I am because of the people I grew up with

Jul 22, 2015 Thirty years ago a group of us graduated from a small town school in NE Oregon. There were 38, 39 or 40 0f us, the actual number[...]

Practice Peace

In Loving Memory of Forrest Andrews

In Loving Memory of Forrest Andrews

My husband and I were visiting Hood River Tuesday night and while we were walking through downtown we heard a commotion of sorts, so I convinced him to go exploring[...]

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Wheatstock

Wheatstock

>Wheatstock was amazing! Is there really anything better than live music on a Saturday night? Okay, it may not have been woodstock, but look out Oregon, I think Wheatstock has[...]

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If Winter is Around the Corner…Don’t Go Swimming in Wallowa Lake

If Winter is Around the Corner…Don’t Go Swimming in Wallowa Lake

One of my very favorite places to visit is Wallowa Lake. Whether it is summertime, when the place is buzzing with activity, the spring, when the snow is still on the[...]

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Stella Rose Gang Rides Again

Stella Rose Gang Rides Again

“There’s gonna be blood,” Midge Baker sneered as he stared down the railroad tracks at Lookingglass Crossing. His knuckles white from the grip he had on his rifle.             “Midge,[...]

Elgin

Ellie’s Day

Ellie’s Day

The first annual Ellie’s Day was held at Inkwood Iron and Gifts on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Ellie has been at the Boise hospital for more than two weeks. She[...]

Dining Montana

Mackenzie River Pizza Co.

Mackenzie River Pizza Co.

Our first experience with MacKenzie River Pizza Co. was in Missoula, Montana. The atmosphere was great, the waiter was enjoyable to visit with, and the food was outstanding.   We[...]

Lodging Montana

Sommers Bay Cabins

Sommers Bay Cabins

We pulled into St. Regis and decided it was time to eat dinner, so we went into BLANK and I had teriyaki chicken dinner. I’d had it the last time[...]

Lodging Montana

Historic Hotel Lincoln

Historic Hotel Lincoln

When we travel we don’t always book our motel room before our trip, simply because we never know when we are going to get where we are going. We do[...]

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M&M World Las Vegas

M&M World Las Vegas

M&M’s World Las Vegas Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamour. People from all over the world come to Las Vegas everyday just to experience a portion of[...]