Monday, July 06, 2009

On 4 June I had the awesome opportunity ride down the Willamette River from the Port of Kalama into Portland on the USS Shoup DDG86 the ship is named for General David M. Shoup (1904–1983), the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps . I arrived with my friend Miss Oregon 2008 Danijela Krstic. We took a charter bus ride from downtown Portland to the Port of Kalama. We were soon underway and enjoying a beautiful northwest morning on the river. I was told that this was the first time in many years that during the Rose Festival fleet arrival that it did not rain or it wasn't horribly cold. Danijela and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, meeting wonderful civilians, Sailors and Officers.
Mrs. Oregon boards the USS Shoup in Kalama, Wa.

Miss Oregon and Mrs. Oregon embark on
their journey down the Willamette River
History of the USS Shoup
In the Army it's a mess hall. Not sure what it is in the Navy

One of our kind tour guides

We were joined by the Seattle Sehawks Seagals on our trip
Mrs. Oregon found a fellow female military officer and
fellow vegetarian...a good thing when all they were serving
visitors was hamburgers :(
Miss Oregon and Mrs. Oregon pose with a group of Naval
JROTC Cadets
Miss Oregon enjoys the view as she sales into the Rose

The old and the new (Buildings not me) Memorial Coliseum
on the left, Rose Garden on the right

Standing watch as we arrive in Portland

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