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alexander.bowman

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Today we visit Portland, the largest city in the region of south (at the moment) The city is a major port town, in fact thats how it was founded. Over the years it slowly grew out from the peninsula and into the surrounding farmland, Its down town is very dense as well as its north coast area. Most of its power comes from offshore wind turbines near the northern half of the city. It has a larger railway station and a large industrial base.

Today we will journey around the city to see sight, and stay for the night.

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Here we are going through a industrial zone just after entering the city.

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We continue on and see this nice park, which is called The Flags park.

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A rougher area.

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Here we begin to drive along the beach front.

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We stop here to look at the beach.

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Oh! but what's this it seams to be the turbines.

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We should take a closer look.

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And still going along the beach, here is the tri tower beach condo's.

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The Portland bay lighthouse.

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Okay turning back now, we head down Dunsmuir Ave, some other time we will head farther north.

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Here we are again, but now we will go south.

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Down south Dunsmuir Ave, by the old school.

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Here is the port of Portland.

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It is now time to turn down Main road which will lead us to Downtown.

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The station.

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We travel by condo's and office towers.

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The road splits up here right at Summers square, named after the city founder and great explorer, it is a nice place to stop for a bit.

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Summers Square.

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Ah this will be our hotel for our stay here.

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At the end of the peninsula there is Portland city park.

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Just a aerial view.

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Walking around a bit we find this old historic building with a nice cafe in it.

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The lovely waterfront is a nice place to spend the day.

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More of City park.

Thats all for today, next time we visit the rest of town.

alexander.bowman

As of last entry we traveled to historic Lavender valley farm, today (and the next day and the next) we travel to Portland. But first we must stop of at Portland Pass: Portland Pass is a old mining town that dates back to the 18 hundreds, but around 1940 the mines shut down so from then on the town relied on only logging. Today however the town has a booming tourist economy. The town has many old buildings and it has a new resort hotel up on a hill nearby. Now we will have a look at it.

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On our way to the town we turn onto highway 15

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Here is some logging we pass by.

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Here is the newish resort hotel, with a path winding near it. We are staying here for the night!

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At this road we now turn onto main St which is the one with the median.

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We now stop at the bank

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The local main St park, this a were number 1 mine used to start.

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Here is a few shots of downtown.

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Here is the end of Main Street, time to turn around I guess.

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After leaving town, we start the climb to the real Portland pass.

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We stop at the top of the pass.

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Now we are heading by Granite Bluff.

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We pass by dear road in Dear Valley.

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We now turn off highway 15 onto the Trent Portland freeway.

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We go under the Geoburg highway road which signifies entry into the Portland Valley.

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And finally some farms.

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We have now entered East Portland, here is its small commercial core. We turn into it at the exit.

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Ah at last we reach the hotel.

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And here is some malls along with the train station.

And now!

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That can wait till next entry. :D

alexander.bowman

Today we finally Visit Trent, Trent is a larger city which was established as a farming village, however there is now no farms at all in this area. Trent is at the start of the Western railway, and the Western freeway, it has a good sized downtown with a few historical buildings. In 1980 a large dam was built to supply water and power to Trent and its surrounding area, it is in Broadview. We will stay in Trent two nights and then continue on to Chase.

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This is the high wealth area which we see as we enter Trent.

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Because our friend is taking us on a tour we can see more stuff. here is a historical building called the Wooward Cafe

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This is a lovely old building in downtown.

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Okay here is the hotel.

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In the morning we have breakfast here, and then get some money out of the TD bank.

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This is the tallest building in Trent.

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The Trent regional education area.

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Here is the Trent regional rail station, high speed Super rail trains come from here.

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Overview of downtown Trent.

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And we arrive at the Best Western hotel.

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This is the Trent road and Western freeway interchange which we see in the morning.

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Later on we take rest here and watch a train go by.

Now We arrive in chase, Chase was established in 1898 and grew rapidly when the railway was put in, it is now a national historic downtown.

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Here is the interchange where we turn off the highway and head into Chase.

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This is historic downtown. our friend insisted we went here, and I'm glad about that now.

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The Chase regional hall

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Can you guess our destination?

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Yes here is the book store.

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One of the many historic houses.

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After leaving Chase we stop here at Lavender valley historic farm.

Next time we head to Portland pass, and maybe the outskirts of Portland.

alexander.bowman

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Well first of today we will stop at the tiny settlement of Warner Springs (pop 16) were we meet a friend who will take us on

the tour of the Lower South district. The suburb of Broadview was established in 1966 when Trent was quickly expanding to become a larger city of about 40,000 people.

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Here is an over view of Warner springs with highway 5 going around it. Everybody here works in Broadview or Terra.

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Here is our friends house.

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Here we arrive in Broadview and turn of Highway 5 onto Bushery ave. (not the 4 lane road) and we head towards downtown Broadveiw.

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Wow! its a 4 lane road, we have not seen one of those in South yet. it is in the industrial area of north Broadview.

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Here is Downtown Broadview along Bushery ave. It does have some slightly historical buildings.

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Its a freeway! at the Bushery AVE interchange with highway 5 (now the Trent Portland freeway)

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Here is were we have been.

Now we head to the Mount Bushery suburb area just to the east of Broadview.

The Suburb area of Mount Bushery has many sprawling malls and medium wealth and high wealth area's. However as it is a suburb there is not much else to say.

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Here we are shortly after entering Mount Bushery. There is a Walmart.

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Our friend is taking us on a tour, here is some residential area's

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Many of which are being turned high wealth.

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We now head down West road, which is six lanes, were do you think it leads? We might have to find out.

alexander.bowman

Okay so here is a small teaser of the coming entries.

We will head to the city of Trent and other places.

But first here is a image of were we have been, and the entry image is were we are going.

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This is Slegg lake.

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And downtown Trent.......

Thanks for commenting.

(The next entry will have larger images)

alexander.bowman

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The village of last brook is just over the pass for Blanco, and is at the crossroads of: highway 5, highway 15 and highway 3.

It is a small industrial town with most of its workers working at either the Terra dam (entry image) or at the small industries. The downtown barely exists and takes up only one block, it is growing however. Just south is the small industrial park called Terra which has no residential at all, the Terra dam was built in 1978 to supply water and power to the greater Cedar valley, and parts of Welington. Today we are driving down highway 5, but it might not be a bad idea to stop in Last brook just to get a coffee.

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here we turn of highway 5 onto highway 3 in Last brook.

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here is the intersection of 'Main St', highway 3, and highway 15 we turn down main st. Oh by the way that is the only light in town.

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this is downtown Last brook, and well, we might have trouble finding a place to get coffee.

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here is the industrial park in Terra, nothing to see here. Other then highway 3A.

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and here we are heading south to Trent.

I am sorry, I tried and tried to make the images bigger, but failed. Can you suggest how to make them bigger? thanks

alexander.bowman

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The Town of Blanco was established in 1899 as a simple way point for travelers up and down the coast. It grew rapidly into a town of over 1000, and now houses around 3000 as it slowed down greatly around 1930. The historic downtown is the towns main showcase, that and the harbor, and the fact that it calls itself the 'gateway to Cape Blanco' here we plan to stay for the night in the 'Main road hotel'.

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Here just after entering the town we reach the start of downtown.

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Here on the corner of Main and 4th is the Main road hotel were we will stay.

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The next morning, the shops are open around 9:00. And we head to the local coffee shop.

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Woh! it looks like the town has some Atlantic style buildings as well, we will get some items for the next drive here, I think we are going to Last brook then.

alexander.bowman

In the far north of the nation of Southland, which is in the region of south, lies Cape Blanco, the farthest north point in Southland. Cape Blanco was discovered in 1717 by the great explorer Sir francis Welington, he also got a city named after him (Welington). The area around the Cape in well treed, however the cape its self is completely treeless because of the high winds in the area. The Cape Blanco light house was established in 1898 to keep ships from the dangerous rocks of the coast, it also helps guide ships into the town of Blanco's harbor. In 1982 the area became a national park and the Blanco highway was extended to go into the park as a scenic drive, and a smaller road was built to the light house. This is were our journey starts.

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Here is the Cape Blanco light house, which is at the very end of the cape. Here we take a tour of the light house and then begin our drive to the historic town of Blanco.

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We now turn onto Blanco scenic highway.

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The highway is very twisty, so the speed limit is only 30.

And now we are getting quite close to Blanco.

alexander.bowman

Teaser

Okay, So I have another new CJ here, I call it south as that is the name a my region that I will be showing. This CJ will include farming area's, Great cities, Small cities, Towns, Villages and simple forest. here are some examples.

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The City of Trent, and the village a Ark Canion. more stuff to come

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