"Cruise Oregon: It's not just a vacation, it's an adventure!"




Cruise Oregon August Newsletter

Welcome home everyone! 

  The 17th Cruise Oregon is now under our belts, and after reading your post cards it looks like you all had a great time. The committee met last night and started discussing where next year's cruise will be going. More on that in the coming months.

 Proceeds from this year's cruise will be distributed like this:

Kiwanis Christmas Baskets - Teen Gifts  $2,031.85

Sandy Action Center ( Food Bank) - $1,200.00

Mt. Hood Hospice - $1,000.00

  Kerry asked me to let you all know that he is hanging in there and still working on recovering from the heart attack he had while on Cruise Oregon. He is doing a lot of doctoring, and will be starting cardio rehab soon. He is improving daily, but it will be a while before he is up to his usual exuberant self. He would like to thank you all again for all the prayers, cards, and well wishes. It has meant the world to him.

 We will not be having a meeting in September, so I will update you all again in October.




Cruise Oregon/Kerry Update

Hello Cruise Oregon Participants…

After returning home on Sunday from Cruise Oregon, Carl and Diane Milne on Monday morning headed to Kennewick to bring Kerry’s car home and Diane was the relief for Alice’s daughter who had been there staying with Alice and doing the driving back and forth from the hospital to the Clover Island Inn.  Kerry was released from the hospital in Kennewick on Wednesday July 25th.  After one last nights stay in Kennewick, they headed back to Portland on Thursday morning.  Kerry is now home and very happy to be in his own bed.

Kerry has an appointment with his doctor on Monday and will meet up with a cardiologist to see what the next step is.  For now, he is extremely tired.  He is very appreciative of everyone’s thoughts and prayers.  He just asks that you all continue NOT to call, text or any visits, he needs to rest and stay quiet (which is hard for him to do).

He was very touched by the card that most signed…be sure to continue to keep Kerry in your prayers for continued healing.

On a side note…when Roy and Cindy Sabin were going through the buckets of the soaps and shampoos, they came across a bag that was mistakenly put in there, it had gifts and treats from shopping in Cashmere??? So if by chance you are missing a bag, let me know so we can get it to the right person!

Be on the lookout for a “Special Edition” Cruise Oregon Newsletter in a couple of weeks…



Karen Strand

Cruise Oregon Director




Cruise Oregon "Searchin' for Sasquatch" June Newsletter 



Goody bags are all stuffed, last minute details are firmed up, and we are ready to head out on our adventure! Only a little over two weeks to go!

In this last newsletter before the cruise, I thought I would give a quick recap of the towns and events you will be experiencing. By now, you should have heard from your group leaders, so if there are any questions, please feel free to reach out to them.

Friday, July 13 - Informal Meet and Greet at Schroeder Speed and Customs in Troutdale from 5:30-7:30 PM. Any questions, contact Karen the cruise director at cruisedirector@cruiseoregon.com

Saturday, July 14 - Start out at Champion Collision in Sandy to check in, receive your goody bag, have breakfast and attend the first driver's meeting. Please remember that we are having a canned food drive at registration to support the Sandy Action Center.At 10 AM, hit the road for The Dalles. Take your time and enjoy the sights, as you probably can't check in until 3 PM. That night, from 5-9 PM, you be able to tour the WAAAM Museum in Hood River and have dinner there. Newbies will be welcomed that night.

Sunday, July 15 - There will be a Show n Shine with a local club at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Museum, from 11-2. After that, you are free to explore the area.

Monday, July 16 - Driving to Kennewick, Washington. We will be viewing a private collection along the way hosted by the Snake River Street Rods Be sure to check your BOOK for the times and locations. Dinner that night will be at the hotel and it will be Hawaiian dress up night.

Tuesday, July 17 - Free day to explore the area. That night, if you signed up for it, you will board the river boat at the hotel so be sure to be back by 5:30 PM

Wednesday, July 18 - Say goodbye to Kennewick and travel up to Wenatchee.  We are invited to view a private collection by the president of the the Wenatchee Valley Cruisers Car Club.  Be sure to follow the printed directions in your goody bag. That night we will gather at Hot Rodzz Espresso by the Pybus Public Market for a Show n Shine and dinner.

Thursday, July 19 - No travel planned. You can go to Leavenworth, a Bavarian themed town, Cashmere, and see their memorial to 911 and antique shops, or whatever your heart desires. That night we will play Bingo at the hotel, starting at 7:30.

Friday, July 20 - Travel to Tacoma over Washington's North Cascade Highway. This is a really beautiful drive. That night there will be an informal Show n Shine at the Pick Quick Drive In. There are a couple casinos near by, if you want to drop a buck or two.

Saturday, July 21 - Explore the Tacoma area. There are several excellent museums listed in the BOOK or find something new on your own! The last night dinner and festivities will be at the LeMay Collections at Marymount starting at 5 PM.

Sunday, July 21 - Say goodbye to your new and old friends and head on home after another fabulous week of fun!

Happy Cruising Everyone - see you soon!


  Cruise Oregon "Searchin' for Sasquatch" May Newsletter   


We ended up with sixty registered for Cruise Oregon 2018, we have 23 Route 26 Cruiser Car Club Members and we have 6 “newbies”. 

Your committee has been hard at work, making sure we have fun week planned for everyone, we are still firming up a few details on a couple of stops and have just added seeing a shop and private collection in Kennewick Washington. 

By now you should have received your Special Edition Cruise Oregon Newsletter and Pre-Pay Form, if by chance you have not, PLEASE reply and let me know so I can get them to you.  Thank you to those who have  already returned your filled out Pre-Pay Form along with your monies, just a reminder that they are due by May 31st

A reminder that we are having a canned food drive at registration on Saturday morning July 14th 8 – 10 am at Champion Collision in Sandy.  We will have collection barrels only at registration.  Also don’t forget to pack those Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and coconut bras for our Hawaiian themed night on Monday July 16th at the Clover Island Inn, prizes for best dressed!

About the middle of June you should receive either by email or snail mail a letter from your group leader reaching out to you to introduce themselves, these will be the ones who can answer any questions you may have or help you out if needed.  It’s going to be a great week, remember “It’s not just a vacation, it’s an adventure”.

We will be stuffing the goodie bags in June and then seeing everyone either at our informal meet and greet on Friday July 13th at Schroeder’s Speed and Customs in Troutdale located at 912 NW Corporate Drive or Registration on Saturday morning July 14th at Champion Collision in Sandy located at 16639 SE Champion Way or down the road.


Karen Strand

Cruise Oregon Director




Cruise Oregon "Searchin' for Sasquatch" April Newsletter


Time's a ticking! You have about 11 more days to get your registration in for this years cruise. Registration closes on April 30th. If you have already registered, the first part of May you will receive in the mail your pre-pay/sign up sheet for some of the events, as well as a Cruise Oregon Newsletter. Your pre-pay form needs to be returned May 31st.

As of now, we have 58 cars signed up for the cruise, with 6 newbies, and 22 Route 26 Cruisers members.


On Sunday, we will be visiting the Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles. We are working out the details for a Show 'N Shine there. You can read more about the center here:


The folks at the Hot Rodzz Espresso in Wenatchee are very excited to have us visit and are going all out for us. If you are on Facebook, you can look them up and see pictures of the latest cruise they held there.

All meals have been firmed up, events and visits planned, and we are about ready to go!

Spring appears to have finally arrived, so get out there and get those cars ready to go.




Cruise Oregon "Searchin' for Sasquatch" March Newsletter



Time's a flyin' and Spring is finally here. We are having some nicer days, and getting the cars out once in a while let them get their Vitamin D.

Planning continues for this year's Cruise Oregon. You have a little over a month left to sign up, if you haven't already. Registration closes on April 30. If you have already registered, and have not made your room reservations, please do that soon too, as the group rates are released on May 1st.

We now have 53 signed up, with 5 newbies, and 22 Route 26 Cruisers.

There's only one activity I have to tell you about this month - in Kennewick, on Tuesday night, we will be offering a scenic boat cruise down the Columbia River. The boat will be picking us up at our hotel, and will be serving hors d'oeuvres, with a no host bar. You can check it out here:


Still working on some other things, so will update you next month!





Cruise Oregon "Searchin' for Sasquatch" February Newsletter


Hi Everyone!

We are a week late with this newsletter, as we had to cancel our meeting last week due to snow. After a VERY mild, warm Winter, who would have thought we would have snow the end of February?

Things are coming along with the planning, and starting to come together. We have 49 registered for the cruise, with 5 newbies, and 21 Route 26 Cruisers members. Remember, registration closes the end of April, so if you still haven't gotten your form in yet, why don't you do that now?

We will again have those wonderful, huge, breakfast burritos available at registration on Saturday morning in Sandy. They were a big hit last year!

On Monday night in Kennewick, we will be having a luau dinner at our hotel, overlooking the Columbia River. This will also be our dress up night, so break out those Hawaiian outfits, and coconut bras! Grass skirts are optional.

In Wenatchee, we will be able to visit a private home with lots of memorabilia, antiques and die cast cars. That night, we will have a BBQ dinner at Hot Rodzz Espresso, which is right next door to the public market.

Our free day in Wenatchee can be spent either exploring Leavenworth, or Cashmere, Washington, which has tons of antique stores.

Still working on some other stuff, so hope to have more for you next month.

Take care -


 Cruise Oregon "Searchin' for Sasquatch" January newsletter



Happy New Year! Registration forms went out in early December for this year's cruise, and so far we have 38 cars registered, with 2 newbies and 20 Route 26 Cruiser's.

I'm going to give a short recap again, with some updates.

- Friday evening, July 13, we will have an informal 'meet and greet' with a meal at Schroeder's Speed and Customs. in Troutdale.

- Saturday morning, July 14, we will again have those wonderful burritos for breakfast before we hit the road to The Dalles. That evening, we will tour the WAAAM Museum in Hood river and have a catered dinner there. You can read more about it here:


- Sunday, July 15, is a free day in the Hood River/The Dalles area. We are looking into getting together with another car club.

- Monday, July 16, we will hit the road to Kennewick, Washington.

- Tuesday, July 17, Free day to explore the area, with a boat cruise on the Columbia River with appetizers.

- Wednesday, July 18, Back on the road to Wenatchee, Washington. We are still working on things to do there.

- Thursday, July 19, Free day to visit Leavenworth ( A Bavarian town) or explore the area.

- Friday, July 20, On the road over the scenic mountains to Tacoma, Washington. Possibly meeting with another club.

- Saturday, July 21, Is a free day with the last night dinner and festivities at LeMay Marymount museum. You can read more about it here:


- Sunday, July 22, say our goodbyes and head on home.

If you have not sent in your registration form yet, why not get that done now?

Until next month,



Cruise Oregon "Searchin' for Sasquatch" December newsletter


       By now, you should have received your registration forms in the mail. If you have not, you can download one from the link above or send an email to Karen Strand at cruisedirector@cruiseoregon.com.


    Your Cruise Oregon committee is taking December off, but we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


    See you in January!





Cruise Oregon "Searchin' for Sasquatch" November newsletter




  Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and your Cruise Oregon committee would like to wish you a great time with family and friends.


   Our meeting this month was discussing more about activities for the week. Don't forget to mark your calendars for July 14-22, 2018. Four stops, with two night's in each town. Should be a nice relaxing cruise, with lots of time to explore.


   We will be hosted by Schroeder's Speed and Custom in Troutdale for our Friday night meet and greet on July 13, 2018.


   Registration forms will be mailed out the first week of December so watch your mailboxes! You are also able to download the registration form here so if you need more copies you are welcome to print them.  Use the link just below the image at the top of this page.  Registration closes on April 30, 2018.  


  Happy Thanksgiving!







 Hi Everyone!


Another month gone and we are fully into the Fall season. Halloween is just around the corner, and the weather is getting colder. Have you put your rides to bed for the Winter yet, or are you still cruising?


As I said last month, we read your comment cards and many of you said you really enjoy the two night stays. So our 2018 cruise will be all 2 night stays which will give you plenty of time to explore the area. Total mileage is 705 miles. We have firmed up the towns, so I can now share where we will be going:


  July 14 - Sandy to The Dalles, Oregon

  July 15 - Free day to explore all that our beautiful Columbia River Gorge has to offer.

  July 16 - On to Kennewick, Washington

  July 17 - Free day in the tri-city area

  July 18 - Drive to Wenatchee, Washington

  July 19 - Free day to explore the area and go to Leavenworth

  July 20 - Drive to Tacoma, Washington

  July 21 - Free day in the Tacoma area

  July 22 - Head on home


As always, we are working on things to see in the various areas, events, and looking into possible get-togethers with car clubs. As we get more information, I will be sharing this with you.


We also picked our mascot and catch phrase for 2018. Our mascot will be the Sasquatch (Bigfoot), and Cruise Oregon will be called "Searchin' for Sasquatch"


Have a wonderful Halloween, and I'll 'see' ya in November!







Hi Everyone!


    Wow! The seasons are changing rapidly, and Fall is in the air! Why is it that summer seems to go faster and faster every year? 

     How about that Cruise Oregon this year? I'm not sure I have EVER seen such consistent, beautiful weather on the Oregon Coast and a great time was had by all. It was so nice to see you all again after taking a year off! Some pictures from the cruise are now on the website, if you would like to go take a look.


     I'm happy to report that we raised $4,367.80 for our charities on the cruise. That money will be dispersed as follows:

     $3,000 will go to purchasing teen gifts for the Kiwani's Christmas Basket program. Our club does the shopping for that.

    $1,000 will go to Mt. Hood Hospice

    $1,225.43 will go to the Sandy Action Center Food Bank

    $250 will go to Siuslaw Middle and High School Bands and Athletic Dept. in Memory of Roy Donaghey (Red's Artworks.) Roy has done all our artwork, T-Shirts and such, for us from the beginning, and he passed away suddenly in July.


     As some of you know, the 2018 cruise will be to the state of Washington, and we started the planning last night. Save the dates: July 14-22, 2018. We read all your comment cards, discussed some of your suggestions, and are working hard to make that happen. As soon as we have our route and hotels secured, I will share with you where we will be going.


   Have a great Halloween everyone!



Cruise Oregon 2017 Photos!