Well, we are still in Lewiston now. Not sure for how long, indefinitely maybe. At any rate I’ve decided that I will still Post occasionally as I do thing that I feel are or might be of any interest.
A couple of weeks ago we took a drive down Eagle creek to the Salmon river with the intent of doing a little gold panning. Unfortunately the river was so high there wasn’t any beach to be seen in the area. There were a lot of logs and other debris in the water which was moving very quickly. I think I enjoyed the hour and forty minute drive down the 11 mile “road” much more than Carole did. I’m thinking I might try it again in the not too distant future. I suspect Carole won’t be too interested in going with me this time. I’m also thinking we might go out to the Emerald creek Garnet area again sometime this summer.
A few days ago we tried to go out to the Craig mountain habitat management area and watch the Perseid Meteor showers. We were up till after 12:30 am and we saw about 3 meteors then gave up. I think the full moon might have been a hindrance given how light it seemed to be out all night. We still ha a good time out there and I got to pick and eat a bunch of Thimble Berries for my Breakfast.
We went to Ashland OR and looked around town a bit then had dinner at The Black Sheep Pub. It was a good time but Carole didn’t care for her Lamb Stew. Then we went on down to Yreka,CA to see the fabled Yreka Bakery, which evidently doesn’t exist any longer. We wanted a photo of the sign simply because “YrekaBakerY” is a Palindrome. In spite of it not being there we drove around a bit and talked to a lady that worked in a little book shop that was apparently down the street from where the bakery used to be. She told us that it was scheduled to become yet another business, so we took a photo of the white shop front that used to be it. Then we stumbled onto a forest service office and decided we would drive back out to the coast at Eureka,CA this would be about 250 miles through the forest with several places to camp along the way. Late in the evening Carole decided she wanted to go back to Ashland and Tour the costume shop at the Shakespeare theatre and talk to the shop manager about possible work. After that we went on into Medford to find a spot to get on the internet and have some lunch. At one point while turning around I noticed there seemed to be a bit of extra resistance on the steering wheel. Then it was fine, then several lights on the dash came on. We drove for aboiut another 5 blocks when we pulled into a Les Schwab shop to investigate what might be wrong. I noticed the pulley on the front of the crank shaft was at an angle. We then called AAA to tow us to Ken Scales Automotive. It turned out that a shear pin between the Crankshaft pulley and the Timing drive sprocket Smeared out and ruined the Timing drive sprocket. $500.00 later we decided to go back to Lewiston. So…here we are. Not sure what the future holds or how often we might be posting here now. We’ll just have to see. After we got home we did realize that God was looking out for us so that we didn’t break down out in the forest areas of northern CA where we wouldn’t have had any phone coverage and undoubtedly would have had a long walk.
Well, we are home by now but there are a few more photos to post so here is one set of them. I’ll fill you in on why we are home in Idaho later but for now suffice to say things went south but we didn’t. We did have a very good time in Newport. If you go there We strongly recommend stopping in at Nana’s Pub, near Nye Beach, very nice little place with great atmosphere. Say “hi” to Danny if you see him there (he’s one of the local patrons who was very colorful in his conversation). Enjoyed the Celtic festival a lot. Met some very nice people and it was overall a great time. We also went to the Newport Aquarium which was very cool, I am kind of a big fan of aquariums though. the Leopard Sharks were especially cool. The lighthouse was quite interesting too, again we managed to climb to the top of the tower, seemed to be a bit easier than the Astoria Column. It was about 20 or so fewer steps but I think we also are getting a little more used to climbing all these steps.
I’m getting closer to being caught up on getting photos posted. Most of these are at the Cape Mears Lighthouse. It was an interesting structure as we always expect a lighthouse to be very tall. This one is only about 30′ or so to the very tip. Apparently if a lighthouse is more than about 200′ above the water it ends up being above the marine layer and is basically useless due to the fog. This one is at about 167′ if memory serves. Unfortunately we weren’t able to go up into the top because a couple of fools decided to shoot at the lenses in 2010. Now they are working to get it “stabilized” and eventually repaired if they can find a source for replacement pieces. I guess they don’t have much demand for Fresnell lens Prisms any longer. They don’t use them now with the Electric lights.
After walking back up to the parking lot we decided to have lunch. While there a couple Squirrels decided what we had looked good to them too, we shared. it was very evident this wasn’t the first meal they shared with visitors. they didn’t move frenetically like most small rodents and they were quite plump. At first I told Carole “that one looks like it’s pregnant”, later I realized they all looked pregnant.
The bridge is one that was designed by a man named McCollough (not sure of the spelling) who designed a lot of the bridges along hi-way 101. This one has been coated with Zinc to preserve it.
We stayed at Nehalem Bay State Park for one night, it was quiet and very nice. Shortly before we retired for the night (literally about five minutes) a raccoon decided to visit. At that time we decided we should put things out of reach for the night. If only he’d been a bit more patient he probably could have had a feast that night.
I guess there is also a couple shots at Cannon Beach of the famous “Haystack Rock”.
As we got to Tillamook we got out of the car and there was the overwhelming smell of “dairy farm”. This made me think of a friend of mine in Boise who was a Dairy farmer. He told me of a time when a guy said it smelled bad at the farm and Ed said to him “It smells like money to me”. The cheese factory was an interesting self guided tour, there was a fair amount of information about the Tillamook area as well as dairy farming in general.
After a day in Tillamook we went into Portland so I could go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. We took the drive to Portland and drove around there for a while (you can read in here,were lost), before finally finding OMSI. I was VERY, VERY disappointed. It seemed that the majority of the museum was closed and then some of what was open was reserved for school tours. We did find a display of minerals that was interesting but was apparently poorly set up, it looked like a junior high school science fair display. No information about the samples except their names and possibly where they were from. All these were just printed on paper and then cut out free hand. All in all, at this point, I will discourage anyone from wasting their money at this venue. Too bad, it used to be very interesting but they seem to have decided they need to entertain more than enlighten. It did seem to be very similar to a carnival arcade.
After we got back from wasting a day in Portland we went into the Tillamook state forest, to the Diamond Mill OHV park and camped there for a couple nights. It was very remote and a gorgeous area.
This is apparently not an entrance to OMSI, not a parking lot for OMSI nor anything for the public, having to do with OMSI.
The Seaside Aquarium was a lot of fun. When you first enter there are a few seals swimming around in a tank and of course you can buy a tray of chopped up herring to feed them. We did. I’m not sure who had who trained but one of the would spin if you rotated the piece of fish and another would clap one of his (her?) flippers against his side until you tossed a piece of fish that way.
The rest of the aquarium was a bit less interactive until the touch pools which I thoroughly enjoy but Carole doesn’t seem to appreciate the same way.
After the aquarium we went out and looked around town a bit, VERY tourist oriented but well done, none the less. We went into a mexican restaurant/bar and had a few happy hour tacos and a beer. It was quite good. I don’t remember the name of the place though.
Seaside was the first place Carole went and stood in the ocean on this trip, for all of about thirty seconds because it was quite cold. She couldn’t talk me into it, though she tried. It seemed like too much work to take off my shoes and socks for the short time I’d be in the water. She did however talk me into it when we were on Longbeach. At this point, that thought makes me wonder why long beach photos are in the computer before Seaside…hmm.
Firstly, I wasn’t sure how to get to Ilwaco after leaving Cape Disappointment, but there seemed to be no wrong turn (look at the sign in the first picture if you need a reference).
It was interesting driving on the beach at Long Beach. We were told it is, in fact, a state hi-way and the speed limit is strictly enforced. There doesn’t seem to be much else in the way of rules or etiquette, except you are not allowed to drive on the clam beds. I think I’m good with that since I wouldn’t want someone driving on my bed either. Evidently this is the longest drivable beach in the world, or at least that’s what we were told. The shot of the rear tire is only to show how much sand drifted in around the tire when we stopped for about two or three minutes, if you hadn’t guessed, the wind was blowing quite a bit.
We drove along the beach for about 12 or 15 miles then went back to long beach via the paved hi-way.