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My friends, Mel and Steve came to visit from Hawaii for a week and seeing as Leo and I live in a town called Aloha (pronounced "a-low-a" by the locals, here. I guess the "h" went back to Hawaii) and seeing as it seemed like we were saying, goodbye too soon after saying, hello, "Aloha" seemed like the perfect blog title.

It's always fun to see where you live through fresh eyes. We haven't been in Oregon all that long but Mel and Steve wanted to really get to know the place and it meant hitting all our favorite spots in one short week.

We went berry picking at the local farms

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And said, aloha, to some alpaca.

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We had microbrewed beer at little bars with live bands.

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And hiked around the coastline.

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We even went salsa dancing.

can't see the video, click here.

Ok, well, I went salsa dancing and everyone else enjoyed the live music and people watching.

Luckily, they are both crazy dog people and spent plenty of time dolling out belly rubs, treats and generally helping to keep the dogs properly spoiled.

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What? You don't invite your dogs to sit next to you at your breakfast nook?

I didn't come close to documenting all the places we went and things we did, but suffice it to say, it was great fun hosting them and hopefully just as much fun for them to be here. The dogs are a bit displeased at the precipitous drop in ear scritches, since their departure.

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Looks like a fun week i have found that hosting out of town guests can make you see your home town in a whole new light. Sears Tower was open for about 10 years before we visited the observation deck with out of town guests & discovered how pleasant A tour boat trip can be on a hot summer day. Not to mention all the museums.

Gosh, that is a lot of pressure hosting friends from Hawaii. But I'll bet our beach was interesting to them! Have you ever gone into Ecola State Park? A favorite destination for me is Indian Beach. If you hit it at low tide there are a ton of tide pools and rocks where you can see the starfish and anenomes up close. Beautiful hiking trails.


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