Port Townsend, WA

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Port Townsend, WA

Along the Admiralty Inlet of Puget Sound lies the charming historic town of Port Townsend. A major tourist destination on the Olympic Peninsula this rain shadowed location has an ideal climate to escape the rains of the Pacific Northwest. Hosting a population of nearly 10,000 residents (2016) it exists as a county seat and the only incorporated city in Jefferson County Washington. It is well known for its Victorian architecture that was specialized during the city’s popularity in the 19th century. It is a hotbed of activity for fairs, cultural events, and hand crafts today. Being home to an important ferry port from Seattle, it brings to its docks thousands of tourists daily. Once a important boat building maritime center, and related industries. Named after the bay “Port Townshend” by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 it has always been seen as a good safe harbour for anchorage. It is also known as the “City of Dreams” as it was originally believed would become the largest harbor on the west coast. Originally inhabited by the Chimakum, Hoh, Klallam, Quinault, and Twana peoples it wasn’t settled by Euro-Americans until the 1850s. It was named as an official settlement on April 24, 1851. By the 20th century it was a very well known seaport active in commerce, banking, and construction. This is when the population boom and construction took place in Port Townsend, with a focus on ornate Victorian homes. By 1888 the town’s police department was established. The Railroad reached town in the 1870-1890s giving this location the most northwest extension of the rail lines. Many overseas vessels stopped here. The depression however changed much of this. Industry and port use shifted to Tumwater, Seattle, and Tacoma. Port Townsend saw a rapid decline in population due to this and experienced some isolation. Fort Worden boosted the industry and population during the construction of the batteries and artilleries, military use, and as a center for juvenile detention. After it was abandoned and turned into a State Park, tourism replaced some of the military popularity. The economy was weak until the 1920s until a paper mill was established bringing employment and an economic boom. Because of the varied history and economic fluxuations, the Victorian architecture was never changed nor upgraded and stayed preserved for nearly a hundred years making the area a valued historic landmark. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The area has a moderate Mediterranean climate with damp, chilly winters yet warm, dry summers being located in the Olympic rain shadow and only receiving an average of 18.75 inches a year.

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Fort Worden, WA

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Fort Worden, Washington

Right in the heart of Port Townsend is a historic US Military fort turned into a State Park. It resides along the Admiralty Inlet that flows by Port Townsend. The fort property, now owned by the National Park Service consists of 433 acres, originally as a US Army base to protect Puget Sound from invading forces from 1902 to 1953, named after U.S. Navy Admiral John Lorimer Worden who commanded the USS Monitor during the American Civil War. After it was decommissioned in 1953 and purchased in 1957 converted to a juvenile detention facility, and then turned to a State Park in 1973. Because the Admiralty Inlet was a strategic defense location for Puget Sound, three forts were built along the shores – Fort Worden, Fort Casey, and Fort Flagler creating a “Triangle of Fire” with huge guns thwarting any invasive force coming from sea. The forts were never used for war and never fired a shot. During World War I the guns were removed and used in Europe. It was primarily a training base for military applications. During World War II it became the headquarters of the Harbor Defense Command and jointly operated by the Navy and Army in a team effort. The artillery units were disbanded after World War II and gun batteries dismantled. During the Korean war a 2nd Engineer Special brigade was stationed here before being ordered to Korea to reinforce the Far East Command. After this, in 1957 the fort was in the hands of the state of Washington for diagnosis and treatment of troubled youths. Remnants of various batteries litter the landscape, some of which are open to explore by park visitors. The park also houses the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum, a balloon hanger used by airships, three 3-inch anti-aircraft gun emplacements, several restored quarters on Officer’s Row, Point Wilson lighthouse, a campground, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and lots of beaches for recreational use. In 1983 the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman” was filmed here. In 2002 the movie “The Ring” was also filmed here.

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Mount Adams, Washington

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Soap Lake, Washington

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Soap Lake, Washington
~ 47°23′18″N 119°29′15″W (47.388341, -119.487611) ~

Both a small town and a natural phenomena of a magical healing lake, “Soap Lake” was called “Smokiam” by the Native Americans as “Healing Waters”. It is a soft mineral lake in between Ephrata and Coulee. It is located in Grant County Washington. The abundant mineral within the waters is what is referred to as “washing soda” giving it a suds-like, slippery film feel. The minerals are alkaline which kills most bacteria it comes in contact with without damaging the animal or human the bacteria is living on, and when the tissues repairs itself the massive layers and deposits of mineralization will occur. The lake is very popular as a healing cure for Burgeger and Reynaud’s disease because it opens the capillary and extremity circulation of those affected by it. There are over 20 alkaline mineral salts found in Soap Lake, and is why many gather mud from the bottom of the lake to spread across their bodies for its natural healing effect. The mud sucks out toxins, moisture, and oils from the skin, giving it ability to heal. Combined with sunshine from the desert, it has been known to control psoriasis. The minerals found in Soap Lake are Sodium, Bicarbonate, Sulfate, Carbonate, Chloride, Potassium, Organic Nitrogen, Fluoride, Ortho-Phosphate, Nitrate, Calcium, Magnesium, and less than .01 percent of Iron, Aluminum, Copper, Rubidium, Lithium, Strontium, Barium, Chromium, Lead, Manganese, Titanium, Vanadium, and Boron. The waters have been rumored to cause relief with rheumatoid arthritis, beurgers disease, eczema, psoriasis, raynaud’s syndrom, and paralysis.

This lake is one of its only kinds in the world, and no other lake has been found as such in the world. It drew large crowds of visitors back in the 1920’s. The U.S. military sent young men to Soap Lake to help arrest symptoms of the debilitating disease known as Buergers Disease. Some bathe in hot baths using the water at 104 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes, once a day. For capillary dilation, others take 108 degree fahrenheit hot baths for 20 minutes a day. Others just swim in the lake for their skin. Others use the mud combined with the sun for sun tanning while others take mud baths. There are some that even believe in drinking it, but never taking more than 2 ounces four times daily. This however is not recommended. The first layer of the lake has approximately 81 feet of mineral water, the second level is mud-like and consists of a stronger mineral composition with concentrations of unusual substances and microbes. It has been stated that these layers have not mixed for thousands of years, creating the rare condition called meromictic. There are only 11 meromictic lakes in the U.S.

The town has just over 1,500 residents (2010 census). Through the years it has become a busy resort and health spa, had grown to four hotels and various rooming houses making the waters known. It also became a touristy social center with celebrations, festivals, socials, and gatherings held often. This ended around the Depression as a drought hit the lake, dwindling the tourist trade and visitors. When the Grand Coulee Dam was built, new irrigation canals were built, and brought life back into the area. From the 1900’s to the 1940’s, numerous sanitariums were built on the shores to help attract and cure visitors.

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Olympic National Forest

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Olympic National Forest
Washington

One of my favorite forests next the the Redwoods is the Olympic National Forest especially the Olympic National Park. However, when I visited in March 2016, it just wasn’t the same. It seemed not in the glorious state I remember. Perhaps it was the wildfires in 2015 that battered it down. Nonetheless, a must visit location for anyone wanting to experience “America”. The Olympic National Forest is located on the Olympic Peninsula, west of Seattle Washington. The park consists of 628,115 acres of preserved rain forest and surrounds the Olympic National Park and its associated mountain range. The landscape varies depending on where in the forest you are, from beaches, salt water fjords, mountain peaks, and of course rain forest (temperate). The forest receives approximately 220 inches of rain each year. It was created as a Olympic Forest Reserve in 1897, then re-named the “Olympic National Forest” in 1907. The extent of its old growth is estimated to be around 266,000 acres (1993 study).

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Sol Duc Hot Springs, Olympic National Forest, Washington

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Sol Duc Hotsprings and Campground, Olympic National Forest, WA
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As opposed to the rustic natural state of the Olympic Hot Springs, Sol Duc is the developed National Park Service hot springs resort in the Olympic National Forest. We wound up going here when we found out the road to Olympic Hot Springs had been washed out (March 2016). Sol Duc is well known for its pool, soaking tubs, and camping. It lies off the natural springs dotting the Sol Duc River. The original inhabitants of the area – various Native American tribes who frequented the Springs, believed them to be healing and therapeutic. Euro-Americans took over the area in the 1880’s as usual pushing out the aboriginal visitors. They opened a resort in 1912 here but it was burnt down in 1916. It was rebuilt in the 1920’s with less scale operating until the 1970s until problems with the spring occured. After the problems were resolved it was rebuilt again in the 1980s operating since. The current Springs are operated and managed by the National Park Service, open for visitors from March 25 until October 30th each year. The pools can be accessed from 7:30 am until 10 pm daily. Cabins and campsites are available for overnight lodging. There are 32 cabins that sleep 4 each, dining facilities on site, gift shop, store, a river suite that sleeps 10, 17 RV sites, and a primitive campground. There is no wifi, telephones, television, or radios offered. There are three modern pools, regulated and cleaned daily to soak within.

Folklore: Native American lore talk about two dragons who lived in the adjoining valleys who often would fight together. Their fights would be so fierce that the trees in the mountain’s upper realms would be destroyed so badly they would never grow back. The dragons experienced a even match each fight, and never able to prevail against one another. After years of struggling they each retired to their own valley, living under the earth, and it is their hot tears that feed the waters of the springs creating the hot springs – the Olympic Hot Springs and Sol Duc.

Geology: The springs are located on or near the Calawah fault zone extending from the southeastern Olympics to the northwest into the Pacific Ocean. The water is vented from a hot spring caused by geothermal heat coming up from the Earth’s mantle by geothermal gradient with water percolating up after contact from the hot rocks. Because the hot water dissolves solids, high mineral content is mixed in the waters ranging from calcium to lithium even radium causing healing effects on bodies soaked in them. The Springs are managed by Olympic National Park.

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Forest, Washington

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Forest, WA

One of the largest rainforests in the United States resides in the Olympic National Park and is called the “Hoh Rainforest” after the river that runs through it. It is fully protected from industry, timbering, or the lumber world. The rainforest consists of over 24 miles of low elevation forest found along the Hoh River. This low elevation valley was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. Unfortunately between the park’s borders and the Pacific Ocean, most of the neighboring rain forest has already been exploited by commercial interests. The bio-diversity of this rainforest is highly protected, studied, and observed. The main species of trees in the forest are the Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and the Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), as well as the Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), Red Alder (Alnus rubra), Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum), Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), and Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) also being popular species found here. The forest is also home to various lichens and mosses, unique insects like the banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) and the black slug (Arion ater), as well as the usual suspects of fauna such as the Roosevelt Elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti), Black tailed Deer (Odocoileus columbianus), Olympic Black Bear (Usus americanus altifrontalis), Cougar (Felis concolor couguar), Bobcat (Lynx rufus), racoon (Procyon lotor), Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), and the Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla) as the most common neighbors.

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Twilight Tour, Forks, Washington

Twilight Self-Guided Tour: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26105. Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
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Twilight Self-Guided Tour, Forks, Washington

Located on the outskirts of the Olympic National Forest, is the small lumber town of Forks, Washington. This town would not be so popular as it is today had it not been used as the actual setting for the Hollywood famed thriller “Twilight” movie series as well as their inspired saga novels they are based on. Because of the films and books, fans from far and wide travel to this town to see where the characters lived, roamed, and had their supernatural events. So popular there is a paid tour fans can go on, or for the budget conscious, to head off to the visitor center for a free self-guided tour brochure. The novels were written by author Stephanie Meyer who wrote about them using the city of Forks as her inspiration. The town hosts an annual celebration honoring the author here the 2nd week of September every year. Map and self-guided tour can be found here: http://forkswa.com/twilight/. For a non-fan like myself, it was a bit boring and un-inspiring, but to the fans, they seem to have fun. Rating: 2 stars out of 5

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Twilight Self-Guided Tour: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26105. Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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Forks, Washington

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Forks, Washington

Bordering the Olympic National Forest is the small sleepy timber town of Forks, Washington. With a population of just over 3,500 the town however gets alot of visitors from around the world as it was used as an inspirational setting for the novel series “Twilight” by author Stephanie Meyer. The town has gotten into the tourism and every September hosts an annual celebration honoring the works. The town is named after being at the “Forks” of the rivers nearby of Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Quillayute. The town began as a lumber industry headquarters, but was replaced by the tourism draw of the films and novels. Prior to the tourism, after the timber industry declined, most became employed by the Olympic Corrections Center and the Clallam Bay Corrections Centers nearby. Outside of film-based tourism, the town is a stop-off gas stop to Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest tourism traffic, sport fishers, and other road traffic. The town’s information center hosts a timber museum and yard with remnants of its past. September 13th is “Twilight Day” here, the fictional day before the character Bella’s birthday in the novels. The Twilight festival is set around this week.

[caption id="attachment_26163" align="alignnone" width="800"]Forks Timber Museum, Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. Forks Timber Museum, Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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La Push, Washington

La Push (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26119) - Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
La Push (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26119), Washington

La Push, Washington

Tribal lands outside of Olympic National Forest not far from Forks, and part setting / inspiration from Stephanie Meyers series “Twilight” it is a location off the path from the Twilight Tour in Forks. Only 14 miles towards the coast from Forks, this is the home of the Quileute Tribe who originally habitated these lands for their sea-faring quests and fishing trips. It was here they traditionally built their cedar canoes for oceanic journeys, whaling, and seal hunting. La Push is their current headquarters. They signed their first treaty with the Euro-American settlers here that eventually relocated them to a reservation in Taholah, but because of their remoteness, wasn’t enforced, and many stayed in this area. In 1889 President Grover Cleveland established a one mile square reservation here for them, with about 252 inhabitants. That same year, the town was destroyed by arson. Today it is a popular tourist destination and is home to oceanfront resorts, a fish hatchery, a seafoo company and a marina. They host an annual festival called Quileute Days every July 17-19th celebrating their cultural heritage, with fireworks, salmon bake, dancing, songs, softball and other tournaments, vending, and food. They are featured as characters in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series as the wolf people. The unincorporated community sits at the mouth of the Quileute River in Clallam County Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. Its known for its whale watching and beaches. The name “La Push” comes from the Fench “La Bouche” meaning “The Mouth” referring to the mouth of the Quillayute River adapted by the local language. The climate is very wet oceanic with strong influences from the Pacific Ocean and very mild winters. It is an incredibly lush rainfall location.

La Push (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26119) - Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
La Push (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26119) – Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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First Beach, La Push, Washington

First Beach (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26123) - La Push (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26119) - Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
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First Beach, La Push, Washington

Tribal lands outside of Olympic National Forest not far from Forks, and part setting / inspiration from Stephanie Meyers series “Twilight” it is a location off the path from the Twilight Tour in Forks. Only 14 miles towards the coast from Forks, this is the home of the Quileute Tribe who originally habitated these lands for their sea-faring quests and fishing trips. It was here they traditionally built their cedar canoes for oceanic journeys, whaling, and seal hunting. La Push is their current headquarters. They signed their first treaty with the Euro-American settlers here that eventually relocated them to a reservation in Taholah, but because of their remoteness, wasn’t enforced, and many stayed in this area. In 1889 President Grover Cleveland established a one mile square reservation here for them, with about 252 inhabitants. That same year, the town was destroyed by arson. Today it is a popular tourist destination and is home to oceanfront resorts, a fish hatchery, a seafoo company and a marina. They host an annual festival called Quileute Days every July 17-19th celebrating their cultural heritage, with fireworks, salmon bake, dancing, songs, softball and other tournaments, vending, and food. They are featured as characters in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series as the wolf people.

First Beach (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26123) - La Push (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26119) - Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
First Beach (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26123) – La Push (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26119) – Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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Tillicum Beach, Oregon

Camping at Tillicum Beach, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25681).  Florence to Newport, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25677). Chronicles 23: Delving the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley:  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=19727 -   Photos from  February 25, 2016 . (c) 2016 - photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Eadaoin Bineid / Leaf McGowan and/or Etain DeDanann of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).
Camping at Tillicum Beach, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25681). Florence to Newport, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25677). Chronicles 23: Delving the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=19727 – Photos from February 25, 2016 . (c) 2016 – photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Eadaoin Bineid / Leaf McGowan and/or Etain DeDanann of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).

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Camping at Tillicum Beach, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25681).  Florence to Newport, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25677). Chronicles 23: Delving the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley:  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=19727 -   Photos from  February 25, 2016 . (c) 2016 - photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Eadaoin Bineid / Leaf McGowan and/or Etain DeDanann of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).
Camping at Tillicum Beach, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25681). Florence to Newport, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25677). Chronicles 23: Delving the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=19727 – Photos from February 25, 2016 . (c) 2016 – photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Eadaoin Bineid / Leaf McGowan and/or Etain DeDanann of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).

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Pariser Platz

Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) - March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) – March 27, 2007.

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Pariser Platz ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24965); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) - March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
Pariser Platz ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24965); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) – March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.

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Berlin Zoo

3/28/2007: Berlin Zoo: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24955. Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98); 28 March 2007.LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
3/28/2007: Berlin Zoo: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24955. Berlin, Germany

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Berlin Zoo (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24955)- Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98); 28 March 2007.LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
Berlin Zoo (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24955)- Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98); 28 March 2007.LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.

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Egyptian Museum of Berlin

March 28, 2007: Berlin Museum (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24959); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98); 28 March 2007.LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
March 28, 2007: Berlin Museum (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24959); Berlin, Germany

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March 28, 2007: Berlin Museum (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24959); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98); 28 March 2007.LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
March 28, 2007: Berlin Museum (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24959); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98); 28 March 2007.LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.

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Cullahill, Ireland

Cullohill, Ireland

Cullohill is a small village with approximately 200 residents and an additional 800 inhabitants in the surrounding countryside relying on the villages services. The name means the back of the woods/behind the woods coming from the Irish word Clchoill / an Chlchoill. The town stands at approximately 300 feet above sea level.

The village was established by a priory of Augustine canons in 550 C.E. by ODempsey under the invocation of St. Tighernach who became the patron saint of the area. There is a monumental early 15th century tower house here that was once the stronghold of the Fitzpatricks or MacGillapatricks of Upper Ossory. Attached to this castle house is the image of a Sheela na gig making it archaeologically important.

The area is popular for its public walkways and trails around the Irish countryside.

Located along the R 639 Road in County Laoise at 5249?06?N728?32?W.

References:
Carrigan, William 1905 The history and antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory Volume 2. Sealy, Bryers, and Walker. Pp 231-233.

Blogspot 2012 Cullahill Castle County Laois Ireland in Ruins. Website http://irelandinruins.blogspot.com/2012/04/cullahill-castle-co-laois.html visited 1/15/16.

Ireland Undiscovered n.d. Cullohill Castle website http://www.irelandundiscovered.com/attractions/cullohill-castle/ visited 1/17/16.

Placenames Database of Ireland http://www.logainm.ie/1165987.aspx

Wikipedia n.d. Cullohill. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cullohill referenced 1/12/16.

Wikipedia n.d. Cullahill Castle. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Website referenced 1/17/16 at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cullahill_Castle.

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Berlin, Germany)

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24969); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) - March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24969); Berlin, Germany

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe/Holocaust Memorial
Berlin, Germany

A remarkable memorial dedicated to the Jewish victims of the German Holocaust during the Nazi era/World War II of Europe. It was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold consisting of over 4.7 acre field of 2,711 concrete stelae (slabs) arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae vary in size from 710 x 31 to 15 9, organized in rows, 54 aligned north to south, and 87 aligned east-west. There is an underground Place of Information below that holds all the names of the holocaust victims. Construction began in 2003 and finished in 2004, and the memorial was inaugurated in 2005. It is located a block south from Brandenburg Gate. It cost over 25 million euros to construct. The stelae are designed to produce an uneasy confusing atmosphere with the goal of creating a supposedly ordered system that lost touch with human reason, though resembles a cemetery. The memorial has been subject of great controversy and bickering, from overspending to focusing on Jewish victims alone. Through the years, vandalism and graffiti as well as stones developing cracks have taken place. Patrolling, enforcement, graffiti repellent stone coatings, and re-enforced concrete blocks were the response.

References:

Wikipedia n.d. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_to_the_Murdered_Jews_of_Europe referenced 1/12/16.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24969); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) - March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24969); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) – March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.

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Cinema Potsdamer Platz (Berlin)

Cinema Potsdamer Platz ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24973); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) - March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
Cinema Potsdamer Platz ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24973); Berlin, Germany

Cinemaxx Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Strae 5, Entrance Voxstrae, 10785 Berlin, Germany

A 19 screen cinema multiplex seating maximum of 600 located in the heart of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Theyve been showing films here since 2000 with movie selections in the morning to late night. It was a later development of Potsdamer Platz to draw in entertainment, nightlife, and tourism into the area. Located off the U-/S Bahn Postdamer Platz and along the Bus M41, M48, M85, and 200 routes. Great movie selections and several snack bars, including offerings of beer and wine to go with your show. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Cinema Potsdamer Platz ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24973); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) - March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.
Cinema Potsdamer Platz ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24973); Berlin, Germany (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=98) – March 27, 2007. LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/.

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Bochum, Germany

Bochum, Germany
www.bochum.de
During the 9th century Charlemagne set up a royal court here because it was the junction of two important trade routes. Bochum sits on the low rolling hills of the Bochum land ridge between the Ruhr and Emscher rivers. An industrialized German city within the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany hosting a population of approximately 362,000 residents making it the 16th largest city in Germany. It is neighbored by Herne, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Witten, Hattingen, Essen, and Gelsenkirchen. Bochum is known for its geology of sedimentary rocks such as carbon and chalk which led to much quarrying here for these minerals. The Ruhr River, the Oelbach river, the Gerther Mulenbach, Harpener Bach, Langendreer Bach, Lottenbach, Horsterholzer Bach, Knoselbach, Marbach, and the Emscher rivers and tributaries flow through here. South of the city is the weitmarer Holz woods, a mixed forest of beeches and oaks, with occasional sprucing of holly. Bochum resides in a temperate climate.

Bochum is pronounced Bo Xum. It was frst mentioned in literature during the 1041 C.E. document of the archbishops in Cologne as Cofbuckheim. It wasnt until 1321 C.E. that it received its town charter by Count engelbert II von der Marck as Bochum. The city didnt receive popularity until the 19th century when coal mining and steel production became major industries located in the region. In 1850 C.E. there were only approximately 4500 residents and this grew to 100,000 in 1904. The region also saw a major population increase by immigrants from Poland.

The Kristallnacht Jewish citizens of Bochum were attacked in November of 1938 by rioting and the burning down of their synagogue. Jews were deported to Nazi concentration camps and their homes destroyed. During this time Bochum became a major location for the production of weapons for the war. This made it a major target. It was heavily bombed from May to June in 1943. In November 1944, a major steel plant holding more than 10,000 high-explosive and 130,000 incendiary bombs was targeted and bombed setting off a chain of destruction destroying all surrounding neighborhoods to ash. During the Oil Campaign, Bochum was the target by 150 air raids with over another 1300 bombs dropped on the city. By the end of the war, over 38% of the city had been demolished leaving over 70,000 residents homeless and over 4,000 dead. By April 1945, the Allied ground advance reached Bochum and encountered desultory resistance, but was captured by April 10th and thereby occupied by the British.

After the war, Bochum became a major cultural center for the Ruhr region, and became home in 1965 to Ruhr University, the first modern university to be founded in Germany since World War II. The city began transitioning from heavy industry, mining, and steel production to the service industry. Coal mines closed from 1960-1980. The auto production plant Opel Astra stopped vehicle production in 2016. The city Wattenscheid was integrated into Bochum in 1975. The Jewish community of Bochum, Herne und Hattigen opened a new synagogue in 2007. Nokia closed down its production plant in 2008 causing the loss of thousands of jobs. Research in Motion, the Canadian high-tech company opened a research facility shortly after Nokias closure. Bombs from the war have continuously been discovered in the region to this day, leading to some major evacuations and explosions.

Bochum has had a surge of immigrants and foreign residents since the war, with 2014 populations showing over 9100 from Turkey, over 3400 from Poland, over 1800 from Italy, over 1200 from Greece, over 1200 from Romania, over 1100 from Syria, over 900 from Russia, over 900 from China, over 880 from the Ukraine, and over 800 from Bosnia/Herzegovina.

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White Salmon River, Washington

White Salmon River

The White Salmon River is a tourist and kayaker hot spot within the Mount Adams Wilderness in Klickitat and Skamania counties of Washington State. It is spring and snow melt felt off of Mount Adams in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest beginning at an elevation of 5,381 ft emptying into the Columbia River at 79 feet above sea level. Parts of it has been designated as Wild and Scenic Columbia River wilderness in 1986. It runs approximately 44.3 miles in length. The River is used for whitewater rafting and kayaking year round with launch locations most commonly set in at the State Park in BZ Corner, although the higher rapids further upstream are more popular for its high class rapids. In 2011 the Condit Dam along the river was intentionally breached during the decommissioning of the Dam by PacifiCorp allowing it to flow unimpeded. Its GPS coordinates are recorded as 4611?10?N12135?05?W for the spring source, and 4543?43?N12131?16?W for its mouth near Underwood, Washington. Tributaries that feed into the White Salmon river are Trout Lake, Buck Creek, Mill Creek, Dry Creek, Gilmer Creek, and Rattlesnake Creek.

References:
Google 2014 Google Earth
U.S. Geological Survey n.d. Geographic Names Information System: White Salmon River.
Wikipedia n.d White Salmon River. The Free Encyclopedia. Website referenced 1/13/15 at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Salmon_River

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Husum, Washington

1/20/16: Husum, Washington (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25039). Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge:  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17903 -   Photos from  February 2016 . (c) 2016 - photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Eadaoin Bineid / Leaf McGowan and/or Etain DeDanann of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).

1/20/16: Husum, Washington (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25039). Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17903 – Photos from February 2016 . (c) 2016 – photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Eadaoin Bineid / Leaf McGowan and/or Etain DeDanann of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).

Husum, Washington

Located along the White Salmon River, this little village community is based on tourism specifically kayaking and water sports. It is most famous for its 10′ vertical drop waterfall used by rafts and kayaks as a class V waterfall known as “Husum Falls” under the bridge in the center of the village. The village has some whitewater rafting outfitters, restaurants, school, and a post office. The village is at 45-47-57-N-121-29-13-W in Klickitat County, Washington properly served within White Salmon as an unincorporated community, In between White Salmon and BZ Corner. Area code 509 with a postal zip code of 98623.

The village is along the old wagon route that connected the Sandborn road to the town of Hussum, originally named as the weldon-hyndman road by the petition of the builders. Elwin Weldon and Henry Hyndman, prior to construction of this wagon road. The people of the Sandborn area used sleds to haul their products the 3 miles to and from husum. The pioneers expected “the building of this road to result in the development of a big section of the county.

1/20/16: Husum, Washington (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25039). Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge:  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17903 -   Photos from  February 2016 . (c) 2016 - photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Eadaoin Bineid / Leaf McGowan and/or Etain DeDanann of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).

1/20/16: Husum, Washington (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25039). Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17903 – Photos from February 2016 . (c) 2016 – photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Eadaoin Bineid / Leaf McGowan and/or Etain DeDanann of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).

References:

A2ZGorge.info n.d. Husum and BZ Corner. Website referenced www.a2zgorge.info on 1/14/16.
U.S. Geological Survey n.d. Geographic Names Information System: Husum.
Wikipedia n.d Husum, Washington. The Free Encyclopedia. Website referenced 1/13/15.

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Bingen, Washington

Bingen, Washington
A small industrialized town along the Columbia River, Bingen is a center for fruit processing, farming, and industries based along the river. It is just down slope from White Salmon. Located in Klickitat County Washington, in some ways its hard to distinguish from White Salmon. Its population was 712 according to the 2010 census. The town was founded in 1892 by P.J. Suksdorf after Bingen am Rheine in Germany. The town was incorporated in 1924. The town covers approximately .7 square miles of with .62 is land, and .08 is water, being located at 4542?55?N12128?00?W(45.715311, -121.466790) on the rivers edge. Racially the city is 72.2% white, .3% African American, 1.3% Native American, .3% Asian, .1% Pacific Islander, 19% other, and 6.9% mixed with 28.1% of the races being Hispanic according to the 2010 census. Median age is 35.2 years old, with 53.8% male, 46.2% female.

References:

Majors, Harry M. 1975 Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co.
U.S. Census Bureau 2010 American Fact Finder, Population Estimates
U.S. Geological Survey n.d. Geographic Names Information System: Bingen.
Wikipedia n.d Bingen, Washington. The Free Encyclopedia. Website referenced 1/13/15 at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bingen,_Washington

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The Matrix, Bochum, Germany

The Matrix ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24867); Bochum:  http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24863. 23 March 2007: LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Dusseldorf: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=400
The Matrix ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24867); Bochum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24863. 23 March 2007

The Matrix
Hauptstrae 200, 44892 Bochum, Germany
Phone:+49 234 6106800
http://www.matrix-bochum.de/matrix/index.php

One of my most favorite clubs in the world, with three rooms of varied music and concerts – its one of the wonders of Germany’s infamous nightlife spots. Favored by me for its Goth, Industrial, Techno, 80’s, and Tribal nights – its a must-visit anytime I’m in the area. It is located in the Langendreer district of Bochumand one of the areas largest nightclubs. It is also a major concert venue for the area. Built in an old 1806 era brewery building, it was first used as a discotheque in November 1978 alled Rockpalast. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

The Matrix ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24867); Bochum:  http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24863. 23 March 2007: LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Dusseldorf: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=400
The Matrix ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24867); Bochum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24863. 23 March 2007: LoTR Quest: Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring and Key: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15665. Spring/Summer 2007: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2007-2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Dusseldorf: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=400

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The Dalles, Oregon

The Dalles, Oregon

Along the Columbia River by the dam is “The Dalles”, a small town with just over 13,600 residents (2010). It is the largest city on the Oregon side of the Columbia River outside of Portland. It originally began as a major Native American trade center beginning approximately 10,000 years ago and as thus, is a major location for some of Columbia River’s most important archaeological discoveries. It was here in 1805 that Lewis and Clark camped and recorded the area as “Quenett” after the Indian name for Mill Creek where they camped. The name of the city “The Dalles” comes from the French word “dalle” meaning “sluice” or “flagstone” after the column shaped basalt rocks that over the ages was carved by the river. It also related to “rapids” as used by French-Canadian employes of the Northwest Company referring to the rapids on the Columbia River at this point, as well as Celilo Falls. It was also nicknamed Little Dalles or Short Narrows. The Historic Columbia River Highway, one of Oregon’s famous scenic byways ends its route here.

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Lord Mayor’s the Well (Swords, Ireland)

Sord Chomcille Well - St. Colmcille Well - holy well by bar/grill http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24179; 4 January 2014. Clongriffin to Swords. Chronicles 3: Walking with the Ancestors -  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15579. Winter 2013/2014: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Swords: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24171. Dublin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2754. Malahide: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24123. Clongriffin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24119.
Lord Mayor’s the Well Bar and Grill

Lord Mayors The Well Bar and Grill
Dublin road, Swords, Ireland
+353 1 840 9455
http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24735

A great bar, caf, and grill off of Dublin road, in Swords, Ireland. It is located close-by St. Chomcilles well, after which it and the city is named. The food is gorgeous and delicious, great drinks, and a sense of style when delivered to your table. A bit pricey, but worth its weight. The selection is atypical pub fare, but fabulous for pub grub with generous portions. Has a great upper outdoor seating area. Family friendly and typical Irish pub experience. Every now and then we hear there are local musicians playing traditional music and gigs, and a variety of instrumentation offered to soothe the soul, spirit, and ears. There is an off-license attached to the pub, that weve heard has some unbeatable prices for booze. Good craic!

Sord Chomcille Well - St. Colmcille Well - holy well by bar/grill http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24179; 4 January 2014. Clongriffin to Swords. Chronicles 3: Walking with the Ancestors -  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15579. Winter 2013/2014: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Swords: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24171. Dublin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2754. Malahide: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24123. Clongriffin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24119.
Sord Chomcille Well – St. Colmcille Well – holy well by bar/grill
http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24179; 4 January 2014. Clongriffin to Swords. Chronicles 3: Walking with the Ancestors – http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15579. Winter 2013/2014: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Swords: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24171. Dublin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2754. Malahide: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24123. Clongriffin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24119.

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Hood River, Oregon

Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015.

Hood River, Oregon
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A magnificent port city where the Hood River meets the Columbia River, “Hood River” is named after the river that flows through the city. A small city with just under 7,200 inhabitants (2010 census: 7167) it is a central point of tourism along the Columbia River and the Gorge. Hood River, the City is located approximately 30 miles north of Mount Hood – the tallest peak in all of Oregon. Across the Columbia River is White Salmon and Bingen, Washington. South of the city is Hood River Valley where some of the Gorge’s most famous apples, cherries, and pears are grown.

White Euro-American settlement in the area began in the 19th century, with the post office becoming established on September 30, 1858 and the city becoming incorporated in 1895. In 1908, Hood River became part of Hood River County after establishing its own county parting from Wasco County.

The city takes up approximately 3.35 square miles along the Columbia River, just west of the Hood River. The city resides in the transition zone between the wet temperate rainforest of the west and the dry shrub-steppe desert of the east granting the city a moderate climate with rainy winters and warm summers, and less rainfall than most of eastern Oregon averaging around 30 inches a year. Just 20 miles west in Cascade Locks, the annual precipitation is approximately 75 inches and 20 miles east, in the Dalles less than 15 inches a year. Temperatures are slightly cooler here than most nearby cities because of the air drainage off of Mt. Hood. Hood River area is known for the consistent high winds that channel down the Columbia River Gorge making it a very popular windsurfing location. Hood River has fast become one of the world’s most famous locations for windsurfing and kiteboarding. It is also a prime location for kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking in the U.S. featured in Sunset, Outside, Backpacker, Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times travel section as the “coolest small town” or the “fifth best ski-town in America”.

Hood River’s economy relies on agriculture, tourism, and sports recreation although the tech industry such as aerospace engineering with Google, Insitu and Hood Technologies being the largest employers in the region. In addition to cider and wine production, apple and pear orchards, the area is known for its cherries. The area is very popular for winery and cider tours, and the “Fruit Loop” because of the large Hood River based “The Fruit Company”. Hood River is known for its wineries and distilleries, especially Sail Brewing Company, one of Oregon’s most famous microbreweries. It is also home to Dakine the sports and clothing equipment manufacturer, Turtle Island Foods – the vegetarian food manufacturer who produces Tofurky. Hood River is also home to many arts and cultural gatherings. Each year in April, the Hood River Valley Blossom Festival is held and in October the Hood River Valley Harvest Festival. Each August, the annual Gorge Games takes place with competitions in 10 sports such as windsurfing, kiteboarding, outrigger canoeing, and rock climbing. Hood River is home to a protected harbor called “The Hook” where it is popular to teach windsurfing. There is also a Waterfront Park with public pool, Skate Park, biking trails, and ball fields. Numerous other smaller parks exist as well. There are also two 18-hole golf courses.

Hood River is also home to the Columbia Gorge Hotel (National Register place), History Museum of Hood River County, International Museum of Carousel Art, Western Antique Aero plane & Automobile Museum, and over 2 dozen other National Register of Historic Places.

Racially, Hood River is approximately 63% white, 24% Hispanic, 1.6% Asian/Pacific Islander, .5% African American, .6% Native American, 3% Mixed, and 7.4% from other races according to the 2010 census.

Hood River/Columbia River marina. Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River/Columbia River marina. Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.

Hood River, Oregon (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683). 01/22/16: Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17903 -   Photos from  January 22, 2016 . (c) 2016 - photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley /   Leaf McGowan   of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).
Hood River, Oregon (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683). 01/22/16: Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17903 – Photos from January 22, 2016 . (c) 2016 – photo by Photographers Thomas Baurley / Leaf McGowan of Technogypsie Productions Photography: (www.technogypsie.com/photography/).
Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.

Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.

    “Hood River {from Steamboats to Sailboards} Gale-Force winds bedeviled explorers and emigrants alike in the Columbia River Gorge. Journals from the 1800s depict travel as treacherous through the singular passage in the Cascade Range where 60 mile per hour gusts are common. By the 1880s, steamboats and a new railroad linked Hood River with communities to the east and west. Spectacular scenery and a dryer climate made this blustery place a popular escape from the dampness and drizzle of western Oregon. When the Historic Columbia River Highway reached Hood River in 1916, Portlanders flocked to this hamlet in their Model T’s. Today the same conditions that created dry, breezy appeal at the turn of the century offer perfect conditions for windsurfing. Many visitors now come to Hood River just to glimpse “board heads” engaged in this colorful sport – Mountaineering became popular in the West during the 1890s and Hood River allowed the best access to Mt. Hood. Cloud Cap Inn, Oregon’s oldest mountain resort was constructed at the 6000 foot level of the mountain’s North Slope in 1889. The Inn was a favorite summer destination for hikers, and mountain climbers. Today it is a base for mountain rescue operations. Excursions “round the mountain” from Hood River were a must when the Mt. Hood Loop Road opened in 1925. Lumber baron Simon Benson built the Columbia Gorge Hotel right) on a cliff overlooking the river in 1921 for $500,000. The hotel catered to upscale clientele serving dainty lunches and salmon dinners. In the center of town, the Hood River Hotel provided accommodations for commercial travelers. Windsurfing once an obscure avocation for the brave or foolhardy, is today a multi-million-dollar industry in the Columbia River Gorge. ” ~ information sign, Hood River beach by the bridge, Hood River, Oregon.

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Starbucks (Swords/Airside Park, Ireland)

Starbucks:  http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24741. 4 January 2014. Clongriffin to Swords. Chronicles 3: Walking with the Ancestors -  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15579. Winter 2013/2014: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Swords: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24171. Dublin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2754. Malahide: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24123. Clongriffin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24119.
Starbucks: Swords, Ireland. 4 January 2014.

Starbucks – Swords/Airside
Airside Retail Park, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland

+353 1 840 8516
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One of my favorite little Starbucks just outside of Swords area of the north Dublin county section of Ireland in the Airside Retail Park. A small glass paneled decorative Starbucks outpost attached to a strip mall with TGI Fridays and InTouch beauty treatments. Friendly service and great Wi-Fi. It was a great stop off after a long day’s hunting of folklore and sacred sites in the area. I had to instruct them how to make a Chai Creme Frappuccino as its less common in Europe than in the Americas. Clean, great yet limited seating, and busy coffee shack. Rated 3.5 stars out of 5.

To read more about the Starbucks Corporation for history, links, and resources visit here: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2345.

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Farm Restaurant (Dublin, Ireland) – Dawson street

Farm Restaurant - January 2, 2014 - a day out in Dublin. Chronicles 3: Walking with the Ancestors -  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15579. Winter 2013/2014: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Dublin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2754.
Farm Restaurant: January 2, 2014 – a day out in Dublin.

FARM Restaurant
3 Dawson Street, Dublin, Ireland 2
+353 1 671 8654
http://thefarmfood.ie/
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Weve always been curious when passing this artsy little hole in the wall that is much larger than appears from street-side. Walking into an art filled upscale restaurant with decent service, mild ambiance, and a busy flow. The shepherds pie, with some kind of potato ball, and broccoli was delicious, as was the chicken breast with the same. Artistic scribbles of sauce decorate the plate. The pudding and cookie dessert was tasty and the experience fulfilling. Kid friendly.

Irish owned and family operated. Conveniently located in the city center near Trinity College, Lord Mayors Mansion House, Grafton Street, The Irish Parliament, and St. Stephens Green. There are 2 other restaurants of the same family chain scattered around Dublin. Farm restaurants pride themselves in using only Irish food and ingredients as much as possible, although the menu items are diverse enough to take in worldly meals for inspiration. A large portion of the meat and vegetables served are organic, GMO free, no artificial additives, fertilizers, growth hormones or herbicides used in the raising / growing process. They present the certificates from all of their organic produce suppliers. They offer many vegetarian and gluten-free selections as well. They are open 11 am until 11 pm. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Farm Restaurant. January 2, 2014 - a day out in Dublin. Chronicles 3: Walking with the Ancestors -  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15579. Winter 2013/2014: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian - the Prince of Endurance.  Photography (c) 2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/.  To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Dublin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2754.
Farm Restaurant. January 2, 2014 – a day out in Dublin. Chronicles 3: Walking with the Ancestors – http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15579. Winter 2013/2014: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Cian – the Prince of Endurance. Photography (c) 2014, 2015: Thomas Baurley, Eadaoin Bineid, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography/. To follow the stories and tales visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/ and http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. Dublin: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2754.

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Howth, Ireland

HOWTH, Ireland
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Named by the Vikings, Howth comes from Old Norse Hofuo meaning head. It is also derived from Eadair meaning Eadars Peak. It was originally a Viking colony, pre-Dublin, as a strategic base between Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Vikings were believed to have settled here as early as 819 C.E. The High King of Ireland, Brian Boru defeated the Norse in 1014 C.E. the Vikings fled to Howth to regroup and remained in force until their final defeat in Fingal during the middle of the 11th century C.E. Howth still remained under Irish control and localized Norse forces until the Invasion of Ireland by the Anglo-Normans in 1169 C.E. Howth became isolated and fell to the Normans in 1177 C.E. because of there was no Irish or Scandinavian powers to support to save them. Armoricus Tristam was granted most of the land between the village and Sutton. Tristam took on the name of the saint whose feast day the battle was won St. Lawrence. He built his castle near the harbor.

Howth was also the infamous stomping grounds of the Pirate Grainne OMalley who in 1576 C.E. was rebuffed while attempting courtesy visit to Howth castle to see the Earl of Howth. In retaliation she abducted the Earls grandson and heir as ransom for the promise that unanticipated guests would never be turned away again. She made the Earl promise the gates of deer park would never be closed to the public again, and the gates still stand open today and supposedly there is always a place set at the table for unexpected guests.

In the early 19th century it was chosen as the location for postal service harbor arrivals. On July 1914, 900 rifles landed here by Robert Erskine Childers for the Irish volunteers and many were used against the British during the Easter Rising and subsequent Anglo-Irish War. During the 20th century the town was rebuilt adding in distinct fishing and leisure areas including a modern ice-making facility. A lifeboat house was constructed and the Irish Coastguard set up home in the port.

Howth Head is one of the more notable features of Dublin Bay with numerous peaks, the highest of which is Black Linn. There is also a famous peat bog known as the Bog of the Frogs. There are numerous hiking trails all over the area as well as numerous small fast-running streams running through the village such as Bloody Stream, Coulcour Brook, Grays Brook, Boggeen Stream, and Offington Stream.

Howth Castle and Desmesne

Howth Castle, was the home to Armoricus Tristam who built it. The Earl of Howth resided here for most of its living history. It was here that the Pirate Grainne OMalley in 1576 C.E. kidnapped the Earls grandson holding him hostage until the Earl promised to keep the gates of the deer park always open to the public and a place always to be set at the table for unexpected guests. The collapsed Dolmen known as Aideens Grave is located in the castle grounds.

Today Howth is a coastal village 8.1 miles outside of Dublin and considered a suburb of the big city. It resides on the peninsula of Howth Head, forming the northern boundary of Dublin Bay. It began as a fishing village today just primarily dense residential development and wild hillside. Howth is a popular area for birdwatching, angling, jogging, cycling, walking, hiking, and sailing. The village is home to the infamous St. Marys Church and graveyard. It is also home to Howth Castle. Howth was the filming location for The Last of the High Kings and Boy Eats Girl. Howth is accessible via auto at the end of a regional road from Dublin, by rail via the DART, and Dublin bus.

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