Monday, October 6, 2014

2014 Oregon (continuation from Utah), Crater Lake, Clear Lake, waterfalls, Coast

After our busy, but wonderful week in Utah ( ), we were off to Oregon for another 2 weeks.  This was a trip to show some friends as much of Oregon as we could in the 10 days they were with us.  Although day 1 for them was a travel day to Las Vegas where they met up with us.  Having lived in Oregon as a kid and vacationed there for over 40 years as an adult, I put together a pretty extensive itinerary for them: Kennedy School Restaurant; Voodoo doughnuts; Columbia River Gorge; Mt. Hood; Cascade Lakes byway; Crater Lake; row boating on Clear Lake; Silver Falls; Oregon Gardens; Frank Loyd Wright's Gordon House; Ugo's in Dallas (my nephews pizza place); 2 days on the coast (lots of whales!); Garibaldi scenic train ride; Tillamook Cheese Factory; Rogue Brewery; Portland Rose Garden; Portland Japanese Garden---then our company went home and we spent 5 more nights on the coast in Lincoln City.

Aug. 30, 2014 --- to Portland:
After spending the night in Vegas with our friends, we all headed off to breakfast (found a Co Co's which we were excited to try since they use to be near our house in St. Louis years ago and we enjoyed them then), then we were off to the car rental facility.  If you've never been to the Vegas car rental facility, it's probably like nothing you've ever seen before!  It's like a mall, complete with escalators to different levels and  a huge garage.  Turn in of the vehicle went pretty well, although the Budget guy didn't seem to like it when we didn't stop way in the back and instead pulled up to make a new line. But we were soon on our way to the shuttle bus (full size buses here) and off to the airport.  We had a 2:55pm flight and made it there in plenty of time.  Our flight on SW to PDX was on time and in about 3 hours we were in Portland.  We sent Ken off to get the car while John, Coni, and I waited for our luggage.  About the time our luggage showed up Ken also showed up at the luggage carrousels with keys to our light green Subaru Forrester mid sized SUV for the next 2 weeks.  I got a particularly excellent deal on that rental!  After checking rentals for months and months, a couple days before our flight the Subaru SUV came available for $90/week base rate through Dollar.  I jumped on it!  Cancelled our full size reservation for a Ford Fusion for $475 for the 2 weeks (a Fusion is now considered a full size car!).  Signed Ken up for Dollar's express rental program.   When he checked in, they told him we had gotten their 10 minute mistake.  I had checked the rate about an hour after I booked it and it was back up to the $750/week rate that it usually was, but they honored the $90 rate.  We were even surprised that it averaged 30 miles per gallon for the whole 2 weeks and we drove it over 2600 miles---up and down lots of mountains, too!
I had gotten most of our accommodation reservations, but there were 2 nights that didn't work into the timeshares we had, so Coni offered to book us hotels for those 2 nights.  They also graciously paid for all the gas for our car the first 9 days.  Since it was almost dark by the time we got there, I figured we'd spend the first night in Portland.  Coni got us a suite at the PDX Embassy so we headed there to check in.
Then we headed out for dinner.  I knew there was a McMenamin's Restaurant nearby--Kennedy School.  The John D. Kennedy Elementary School is a former elementary school that has been converted to a hotel, movie theater and dining establishment
the movie theater
 one of the classroom chalkboards decorated with the movies being shown in it's theater.
 snack bar by the movie theater

 the Boiler Room Bar
 Love this EIEIO picture.
  McMenamins is a chain of 65 brewpubs, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs. The chain is located mostly in the Portland area, but has many other locations in  Oregon and Washington. According to the Brewers Association, McMenamins is one of the top 50 largest craft breweries in the United States.
 some of their menu
 We sat outside in the courtyard
 waiting for our dinner
 tasty burger
 tasty fish and chips
 the Cafeteria
 What would a trip to Portland be without checking out Voo Doo Doughnuts?!  So we went there for dessert.  It's known for its unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor, and iconic pink boxes featuring the company logo of voodoo priests. Where else would you wait  in a long outdoor line in the middle of the night for doughnuts?
 Love their stained glass windows.
and their Cash only sign.
 and their doughnuts!

Their iconic pink boxes with the voodoo priests.
 their menu board
Thought their vigil board was a nice way to remember the newly departed, too. 
 Back at our home for the night.  This is from the rail by our upper level room overlooking where we had our free breakfast the next morning.
 Part of the deal Coni got was to include a card that was to let us get items free from the vending machines on our floor and the floor above ours.  Unfortunately, our cards wouldn't work.  But we kept seeing kids with grocery bags full of the vending machine items running up and down the hall.  We even went and got new cards, but they didn't work, either.  John was fake kicking it here out of fake frustration.
 We also had problems parking when we got back from dinner.  They had 3 weddings going on and all the parking spots were full.  After some complaints, they did remove the $10 parking fee.  Coni and John even had to have housekeeping bring them their tv remote and bedding for the fold out couch.  We found out the fridge was unplugged (the next morning) and the hot water by the bar didn't work.    Ken and I were given the bedroom---felt sort of guilty.

Aug. 31, 2014 --- Columbia River Gorge; Mt. Hood; Bend:
 Next morning we were up bright and early.  After our very good free breakfast, we were off.  Our accommodations for the 31st were near Bend, so we made a day out of getting there.  First we drove the scenic Columbia River Gorge byway, then up to Mt. Hood, and finally on to Eagle Crest near Bend.
  The Historic Columbia River Highway is an approximately 75-mile-long road between Troutdale and the Dalles and was built between 1913 and 1922.  The 24 westernmost miles starting in Troutdale provide access to dozens of hiking trails, Crown Point Vista House, and numerous waterfalls. This section forms a loop with the Mount Hood Scenic Byway which we traveled to get up to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood.  In 2000 it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service as "an outstanding example of modern highway development".
Even though we only drove the 24 westernmost miles of this highway, it took us a few hours with stops at several of the falls and a couple hikes.
even the weeds in Oregon look interesting!
 View towards The Vista House from Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint.  The original tract for the park was a gift of 3.71 acres in 1962 by the Portland Women's Forum to the state. This had been the old Chanticleer Inn property with a magnificent view of the Columbia River Gorge.  Much more magnificent on a clear day!
 It happened to be pretty cloudy that day, so the distant views weren't as pretty as they could have been.
 Next stop was The Vista House.  It was built in 1917 as place for travelers to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the magnificent Columbia River Gorge.  It is also a memorial to Oregon pioneers. It was formally dedicated on May 5th, 1918.
The octagonal stone structure sits 733 feet above the Columbia River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Vista House was closed for almost 5 years while an extensive restoration was completed, and was reopened to the public in the summer of 2005. 
 In all the years we've been coming to Oregon, we had never been inside Vista House, it was always closed when we were by here.  The last time we were here, it had scaffolding all around it, before that it was open very limited hours.  It was really neat being able to go inside it and check out the little coffee shop, museum and gift shop.
 The fundraising goal of over $4 million was completed in 2003 by joint efforts of Oregon State Parks Trust, The Friends of Vista House, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  It's free to tour, but they do have a donation box.  Nice to see that's it's enjoyed by so many foreigners, too.
After wandering around here awhile, we continued on our way to our first waterfall stop--Latourell Falls.  The falls plunge 224 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt - some of the best formations in the Pacific Northwest.  Latourell is unique among the best-known Columbia Gorge waterfalls, in  that it drops straight down from an overhanging basalt cliff. Most of those falls tumble to some degree.
 We took a short hike to the bottom of the falls and marveled at the river it created.
 bottom of Latourell Falls.
 Loved the colorful foliage all around, too.
Would have been nice if we had more time to check out more of these falls.
 We did do the walk to Bridal Falls.  I was still suffering my calf muscle tears from Utah and my sore knee with torn cartilage (which was repaired a week after I got home).  But I used the hiking stick I bought in Utah and hobbled to and from the falls.  It was worth it.  Like I said in the Utah blog---I was going to see the parks if I had to crawl.
 river along the way.  Although short, this is a steep little trail full of switchbacks and rocks.
Beautiful Bridal Falls.
Next stop was Wakeenah Falls.  Wahkeena Creek falls this way and that, now a plunge, now a horsetail, now a cascade.
 Perfect opportunity to "drag" the shutter again.

By far the largest and most popular falls on the route is Multnomah Falls.  It's easily assessable and pretty much where I-84 and the Columbia River Gorge Highway meet.
 Plummeting 620 feet, in two different sections, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States.
We hiked several hundred feet up the paved trail to reach Benson Bridge, which spans the falls at the first tier's base.
 along the walk to the bridge (and beyond).
 mossy trees.
Standing on the bridge you have a perfect view of the top tier's full 542-foot height 
 The last waterfall we stopped at was Horsetail Falls
It plunges 176 feet and is very close to the road.

I didn't remember that we would be so close to Bonneville Dam and Hatchery when we were done with the waterfalls.  So we took a short detour to check out the fish ladders since the salmon were running. 
 We've spent quite a bit of time here before, but since we were in a bit of a time crunch, we just showed our friends the fish ladder and the viewing windows.
 A Public Works Administration project of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, portions of Bonneville Lock and Dam Project were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Then we continued on the  Mount Hood Scenic Byway.
 Lots and lots of orchards there.  I believe most of them are Bartlett Pears.
 First views of Mt. Hood as we were heading around the east side of it.
 On around the the south/west side of the mountain we accidentally ended up first in the little town of Government Camp.  I don't recall ever going there, but it looked like it would be a neat place to spend some time.
 Heading up to Timberline Lodge.
It looked pretty barren from the road, but there were lots of "wild" flowers by the Lodge.
 Considered an architectural wonder, it’s still being used for its original intent—a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy.  The lodge was constructed between 1936 and 1938 as a  WPA project during the Great Depression. Workers used large timbers and local stone, and placed intricately carved decorative elements throughout the building.

 The main lobby features three fireplaces at the base of a 90 foot chimney.
 They did have a buffet set up when we got there, but it was about to close, so we passed on it.
 Instead we went upstairs and had some lunch there. 
 View from the upper restaurant while we waited to be seated.
 We've never been to Mt. Hood in winter, but of the many times we've been here in the summer, this is the least amount of snow I've ever seen on it! 
 I remember being here one time when they had snow all the way to the Lodge and a pathway dug along the back of it.  Here's that picture from the summer of 1999.
 another view from our window.  Loved watching the clouds moving through.
Our lunch.  I got chili and berry crumb pie. 
Ken got tuna salad (or was it chicken?).
Appetizer of Oregon cheeses and filberts or hazelnuts.
 a couple more pictures from our table.
zoomed in.
wandering around the Lodge some more.  
 Love this bench!
 One last look at Mt. Hood as we were heading to the car.
Then we headed to the high desert area where Eagle Crest Resort is.  The landscape sure changed alot!

looking towards the west where the Cascades are.
I believe this is near Smith Rock State Park just outside of Redmond.  I had hoped we'd make it there, too, but didn't have time.
Lots of farms in the high country--even with alpacas.  
After several changes in reservations over the preceding months, I managed to get us 3 nights in a 2 bedroom condo in the Eagle Ridge section of Eagle Crest Resort.  It was nice having our villa like condo with parking right in front of our unit.

 the golf course outside our back door.
the kitchen dining room area
living room with gas fireplace, Murphy bed to the left.
 master bedroom. 
2nd bedroom with the 2 twin beds put together.  Nice feature with Worldmark that housekeeping will put the beds together if you request it in advance.
A quick run to the grocery store for a Styrofoam cooler, lunch meats, drinks, and about $100 worth of snacks.  Then back to the condo to settle in for 3 nights. 

Sept. 1, 2014 (Labor Day) --- lava tube; Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway:
 We managed to miss the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway and end up at the Lava tube before we realized it.  So we decided to wander through the lava tube.  Ken says we've been to this one before, I sure don't remember it looking like that.  Maybe it was my knee talking, but a million steps and huge boulders and it being very dark didn't seem like fun to me!  Plus we had to pay for that pleasure!   When we got to where it was hard to see the entrance anymore, we decided we'd all seen enough of a lava tube.
  Then we turned around and headed back towards Bend and Garmin finally found the byway for us.  It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 90's.  It was also Labor Day, so it was much busier then we've ever seen it before.  Usually we see quite a bit of snow in the mountains by the lakes, but like at Mt. Hood, there wasn't much snow here, either.
About 16 miles from Bend, we arrived at the foot of Mount Bachelor, 9,065 foot tall and part of the Cascade Range. In winter, Mount Bachelor is a premier ski resort. Its summit chairlift is open year-round, but someone in our party was afraid of heights. :)
This 66-mile historic highway was selected by Scenic America as one of the nation’s ten most important byways. It became a National Scenic Byway in 1998 because of its outstanding scenic,
natural and recreational qualities.
The byway follows a path of water through a volcanic landscape accentuated by 14 alpine lakes. 
  I believe this is Sparks Lake.  The United States Forest Service maintains a boat launch at Sparks Lake. The site has a parking area, a lake trail, and camping at locations accessible by boat.

Back on the road.

 Devils Lake was formed by a lava flow that lies as a mass of jumbled volcanic rock at the lake’s east end. It is a shallow lake with an average depth of just over three feet and a maximum depth of 10 feet.
Lava fields by Devil's Lake with our ride in the foreground.
I believe this is by Elk Lake.  It's one of the most popular recreation areas in the Cascade Lakes Byway.    The United States Forest Service manages campgrounds, boat launches, and picnic sites at different locations around the lake.
We found it a great place to have our picnic lunch and watch all the activity on the lake--swimmers, stand up paddle boarders, sail boaters, and just people watch.  Although it was in the 90's air temperature-wise, I'm sure the water was only 60 at the most.  Yes, there were hardy people playing in the water.
 Did a little bird watching, too, although I have no idea what kind of bird this is.
 After lunch, we continued on.  I believe this is Little Lava Lake.
 Generally considered the source of the Deshutes River, the lake covers 138 acres and averages 8' deep.
Lava Lake, Little Lava Lake, and other nearby lakes formed after lava flows from Mount Bachelor altered drainage patterns in the area.
I believe this is the volcanic peak Broken Top in the distance.
I believe this is the volcanic peak South Sister in the distance.
One sign pointed to Cow Meadow, so we decided to go check out the "meadow".   Turns out this is actually a camp ground.  But it is situated where Snow Creek and the Deschutes River flow into the Crane Prairie Reservoir.
It also turned out to be an outstanding area to watch Kokanee salmon running up stream!  There were hundreds of them!
 Hard to tell, but this red spot in the river is a Kokanee salmon.
Back on the Cascade Lakes Highway, we followed the Deshutes River for awhile.
Even found a resort on Cultus Lake.  The lake is natural and is 211 feet at its deepest point and about 2 miles long. 
 The area around Cultus Lake is known for its large Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and western white pine, sometimes rising to 120 feet tall.
 After spending all day going through this 66 miles of one beautiful lake after another, we were ready to find some food.  Ended up at Bend Brewery.  So we had to try their beers!
 And their steak.
 Everything was great!
 On our way out, we saw this peddle bar.  Tried to talk the guys into doing it, but they refused.  I think they thought we might fall off.
 On our way to our resort we got to see the sun set.

Sept. 2, 2014 --- Crater Lake:
Today we made another long day trip.   They really wanted to see Crater Lake, and so did I, so today was the day to go there.  It was another beautiful day---low 90's and sunny.  We jumped on the highway and went the nearly 100 miles to Crater Lake.
I love this road sign.
 About 9 months of the year this northern entrance is closed due to snow.  Winter weather starts to close the Rim Drive in October or November. 
  During the winter, the north entrance is only open to skiers and snowmobiles.
Since this is another National Park, Ken was able to use his Senior Parks Pass here, too.  So far this Utah/Oregon trip that pass has saved us about $100.   After going through the north gate,  still couldn't see the lake, but knew it wasn't far from here.
Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.
 We headed straight to the Lodge to check on the boat ride.  We had done this ride before, and I would have loved to go again, but with my pulled calf muscle and torn meniscus, I was afraid to try.  But we encouraged John and Coni to do it.  They were able to get seats on the 1pm boat for the 2 hour trip around the lake.  The only legal access to the shore of Crater Lake is the Cleetwood Cove hike.  This is a strenuous and steep switchback trail with a steep 11% grade. The trail descends to a rocky shoreline at Cleetwood Cove where they caught the tour boat.  The hike down to the cove should not be attempted by anyone with heart, breathing, or walking problems----that pretty much eliminated Ken and me.
 With about 3 hours before the boat ride, we did a little sightseeing.  First from the porch of the Lodge. 
 I'd never been there when the lake was so calm, although it did get much windier in the afternoon. 
 Love being able to get the reflection of the caldera in the water.
The historic Crater Lake Lodge  was originally opened in 1915 and went through extensive renovations in 1995.  The average winter snowfall at Crater Lake is 533 inches.  As a result, the lodge structure is required to carry an extremely heavy snow load for up to eight months every year.
 We also checked out the inside of the Lodge. 
 Some original materials were salvaged for reuse during the renovation, but most of the original building had deteriorated to the point it could not be saved or reused. However, the Great Hall was carefully dismantled and rebuilt.
The renovation was completed in the fall of 1994 at a cost of $15 million.  The lodge is open from late-May to mid-October.
 Chairs overlooking the lake from the patio of the Lodge.  Would love to have stayed here, but reservations are not easy to get.
We still had about an hour before they needed to head down the trail to the boats, so we decided to have a picnic lunch.  It was the 2nd of our many great picnic lunches on the go.  
While John and Coni were on their boat ride, Ken and I drove the caldera rim.  At least to the point where it was closed for roadwork just past this viewpoint of Phantum Ship.  Then we turned around and drove back to the Lodge stopping at several viewpoints until it was time to go back and pick them up.
 A chipmuch greeting us.
 Even have a few hoodoos!
 At 1,943 feet, the lake is the deepest in the United States, and the seventh or ninth deepest in the world, depending on whether average or maximum depth is measured
  We had about 4 hours to run around and we still didn't get to all the pull offs.
It is estimated that about 720 years was required to fill the lake to its present depth of 1,943'.
 Some hydrothermal activity remains along the lake floor, suggesting that at some time in the future Mazama may erupt once again.
The Cascade mountain range from the rim road.
 Another view from the rim road of the Cascades.
 A Clark's Nutcracker, I think?
 Another Clark's Nutcracker.
 There's a really nice paved walkway from the Lodge along the rim for about .5 miles.
 Along the paved walkway.
There's even a path down to a covered view point with great unobstructed panoramic views of the lake.  
 Note the white spot in the water below.  It is one of the boats used by the Volcano Boat tours.  They are open bench seat boats that hold a fair amount of people.   John and Coni said it was very hot on board the boat today. 
Crater Lake appears very blue.  Because of the clarity and depth of the water,  almost all the light rays get absorbed except for the blue rays.
 Just a few more pictures of Crater Lake.

close up of the caldera wall.  I think this is the area called the Backbone.
 close up of the water around part of Wizard Island.
 Ken and me
 Coni and John.
 After a day at Crater Lake, we had a nice ride back to Bend where we found another brewery for dinner---Riverbend Brewery.  The brew and dinner were great again. 
 It was nice being able to go back to our villa and not have to check in and unpack again.  Even were able to get some laundry washed.

Sept. 3, 2014 -- Dee Wright Observatory; Clear Lake:
Check out day!  Those 3 nights went fast.  Now we were to make our way into the Willamette Valley.  That is where I lived many years ago and vacationed at my folks' house for many of my adult vacations.   We would often ride up to Clear Lake, so it was nice having a chance to do that again.  So we packed up, checked out of our condo, and headed west---taking our time getting to the valley.
First, we headed to Dee Wright Observatory.  We just chanced upon this place many years ago on one of our trips to Clear Lake.   It was such a surprise!  You'll be riding around in the forest, then all of a sudden it changes to all lava. 
There is a half-mile long Lava River Interpretive Trail  which begins at the observatory, and takes visitors on a 30-minute walk through lava beds. The trail is paved and easy to follow. Interpretive panels, located along the trail highlight the geology of the area.
 The observatory is an open shelter built with lava stone found at the construction site. The viewing windows are cut to specifically highlight the neighboring mountains.  The observatory was built during the Great Depression by a Civilian Conservation Corps crew at Camp Belknap near Clear Lake. 
 These "lava tube" viewing holes allow visitors to easily identify the different Cascade peaks---like Sisters below.
 the 65-square-mile lava flow came from this mountain, Little Belknap Crater.
 There is also a 36 inch diameter, bronze "peak finder" on the observatory’s roof to help visitors locate nearby geologic features as well as the surrounding mountain peaks.
 From here we continued along the McKenzie – Santiam Pass Scenic Byway.  It is an 82 miles loop from the town of Sisters, through the forest, over the lava field, along the McKenzie River, past Clear Lake, then back up to Sisters. 
Just another view of the lava field.
 A short distance farther and we were in the forest again.
 We even came upon another little lake that we had never been to before.

 We continued on the McKenzie pass to the McKenzie River where we walked to 2 more waterfalls.  Coming from the lava fields, we first came to the McKenzie River by Koosah FAlls.
  Koosah Falls is the second of the three major waterfalls of the McKenzie River. Spreading out over a wide undercut basalt ledge, the river thunders 64 feet into a huge pool with several small springs feeding into the river adjacent.
 Top of Koosah Falls.
 The roaring McKenzie River.
 We walked the half mile or so trail from Koosah to  Sahalie Falls.
 Along the way we had great views of the McKenzie River
 More of the McKenzie.  Hard to believe this river starts a few short miles away at Clear Lake.  The river sustains a very significant volume all year long thanks to the large drainage area to the northeast over the plains of lava flows. Water doesn't linger on the surface and seeps underground, forming one of the larger aquifers in Oregon, then it all emerges in springs around Clear Lake. The result is one of the most consistent rivers in the northwest. 
 Sahalie Falls is the first and tallest of three major waterfalls along the McKenzie River. This sheer plunge is 73 feet.
A type of jay bidding us farewell from Sahalie Falls.
 Next stop, Clear Lake.  It has a  maximum depth of 200 feet and average water temperature of 43 degrees year-round.
It definitely lives up to it's name!
 We rented a row boat for the day for $30 (no motor boats allowed) and took our picnic to the middle of the lake!
We've often talked about renting one of the cabins here at the lake, but never got around to it.  But we've often rented boats here and have often eaten lunch here at the lodge.  But being after Labor Day, the diner was closed during the week.  
It was another beautiful day in the 70s or 80s.  

Our picnic included 2 bottles of wine.  I don't know if the guys got any of it, but Coni and I sure enjoyed it.  We also had crackers and cheese and sausage to go with it.  
 Good thing the guys didn't expect us to help with the rowing.
 Loved that we got to see some of the fall colors, too.

Obviously I love the beauty of Clear Lake!
 Another good view of the clarity of the water.

 Some of the water foul here.
 A fisherman here.  We even saw him catch something.  We use to love coming here right after it was stocked.  You could actually see the fish playing with your bait.

After rowing around the lake for about 3 hours, we decided to head on down the road.  And down we went! 
 This is another lake we've fished in the past --- Detroit Lake.  We passed it on our way down.
We made it to Salem about 7 and checked into our hotel for the night --- a 2 bedroom suite at the Residence Inn also picked up by Coni and John.  Nice place.

All checked in, we then headed out for dinner.  Time to get some Ugo's Pizza in Dallas---my "home" town and my brother's former pizza restaurant (now owned by his son-in-law).  Called my sister and brother and they and their families joined us.  Nice dinner and nice visit.  Then back to the hotel and we even used the jacuzzi and pool.

 Sept. 4, 2014 --- Silver Falls; Oregon Gardens; Gordon House; Depoe Bay Worldmark:
Just a day in the Willamette Valley really doesn't do it justice, but that's all we could afford to do.  Thought of checking out some wineries, but we do have them back here in Mo. so thought we'd check out more of what we don't have back home---like more waterfalls!  So after packing up and getting our free breakfast from Residence Inn, we jumped back in the car and headed about 10 miles to Silver Falls State Park.
  It is the largest state park in Oregon with an area of more than 9,000 acres, and it includes more than 24 miles of walking trails.  Its 8.7-mile Canyon Trail/Trail of Ten Falls runs along the banks of Silver Creek and by ten waterfalls, from which the park received its name.  The park's most visited waterfall is South Falls, a 177-foot cascade.  This is one of the 4 falls with a walkway behind the falls.
Coni and John behind the falls.
 the South Falls in it's entirety.
 Back by the parking lot for South Falls is the the historic South Falls Lodge which was completed in the late 1930s by the CCC.  In 1983 it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Ken enjoying Silver Falls while we were out hiking the falls.
 love their signage.
 On our way to the Lower North Falls (I think).
 another walk-behind falls.

Unsuccessfully looking for a 4 leaf clover.
Coni and John leading the way.
 the crystal clear Silver Creek.
 The Upper North Falls.  This was a rather flat walk, so we made Ken come, too.

The Willamette Valley is known for it's farmlands.  They grow lots of grass for seed, leading producer of Christmas trees, have lots of vinyards, and grow huge fields of flowers for seeds and bulbs.  I love riding around up by Silver Falls and Silverton in the Spring when the flower farms are blooming!   This looks like it is a recently harvested grass farm.
Near Silverton is the Oregon Garden which also has a Frank Loyd Wright  house---the Gordon House.  It is the only building in Oregon designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 
 Admission to the house is $15@ and is by tour only. 
 Our docent told the story of how the Gordons commissioned Mr. Wright to design their new home, the near destruction of the home in 2000 and the rescue, dismantling, moving and reconstruction of the house in Historic Silverton next door to The Oregon Garden.
 Part of the tour includes a short video here in what was the windowless master bedroom.  Apparently Mrs. Gordon liked it really dark when she was sleeping.
 some of the details outside.
 upstairs in one of the other 2 bedrooms.  It led out to a really nice patio. 
 Looking onto the back of the house from the patio attached to the above bedroom.
 Love the way the floor to ceiling glass brings the outside inside.
 the small but adequate kitchen.
the living room from near the stairs to the 2nd level.
 We're all members of the Missouri Botanical Gardens back home and love to use it's reciprocal membership whenever possible.  The Oregon Gardens is a reciprocal garden so we saved the $11@ entrance fee for there and toured the garden, first by tram, then by foot.
 It was definitely colorful.
 Many places had great views over the valley, too.
They even have a hotel here now.

looking up towards the hotel.
 enjoying the interesting clouds.
Having been a scout and leader for so long, Ken got a big kick out of this guy.
 Last time we were here they just had the 2 larger pot people.
 The childrens garden had lots of topiaries.
 We thought this covered culvert in the childrens garden was cute, too.
more topiaries.
more colorful flowers.
I was surprised to see palm trees.  Apparently they can survive in Oregon.  I wonder why they aren't used more in landscaping here?!  We joked that Ken and I should move to Oregon and sell palm trees.
decorations in another part of the garden.
All the beautiful plants in the garden and John was intrigued with the grass.
 even saw a rainbow in the garden.
 Looks like they were setting up for a wedding.

 I was really surprised to see irises in Sept.
When we were done in the garden, we gave them a tour of the big town of Dallas, where I lived as a child and lots of my family still lives.  We even had dinner there at Murphy's Grill.   Then it was time to head to the coast.  I was able to pick up 1 night at the Worldmark in Depoe Bay, but we didn't get there until about 9pm.  I had hoped to go to their heated outdoor pools and/or jacuzzis, but the closed at 10 and by the time we got checked in, there wouldn't be much time.  So we settled for a little relaxing in the 2 bedroom condo before hitting the sack.
our 2 twins made into one bed.
The one odd thing about this configuration is the master bedroom has double doors into the living room and (not seen here) a window with blinds looking into the living room. 

Sept. 5, 2014 --- heading south along the coast:
You can't go to Oregon without checking out the coast!  Fortunately I was able to pick up an RCI exchange into a 2 bedroom condo in Lincoln for the next week.  Finally, able to unpack and spread out for a bit!  But first---we packed our bags, checked out of Depoe Bay Worldmark, and headed south.
 Some time ago, a law was passed in Oregon declaring the whole 363 mile coastline to be public land.  Because of that, it's called "The People's Coast".  You can't travel it in one day and do it any justice.  Even in 2 days we couldn't cover much, so we stuck to about a 45 mile range both North and South from Lincoln City. 
This is one of the first pull offs south of Depoe Bay on Hwy 101, Boiler Bay.  A small freighter sank here in 1910 and if the conditions are right, it can still be seen today.  We've stopped here many times and have never seen the freighter, but it's a beautiful spot.
 We even hiked a bit along the pull off.  I had told our company to bring warm clothes from the coast.  Surprisingly, it was in the 90s on the coast this day --- hotter then I've ever seen it on the Oregon coast!  Coni really isn't flashing anyone, she's just taking her coat off.
 Another view from our walk.
Trees will grow anywhere in Oregon!
 Here is Rocky Creek Bridge (built in 1927) on the Otter Crest Loop scenic drive
 Cape Foulweather is another beautiful spot.  There's even a gift shop here with floor to ceiling window from viewing the coast in controlled temperatures.  Captain James Cook named this spot in 1778 on a particularly foul weather day. 
 Whales were everywhere this trip!  We're use to seeing them spouting out a ways, but this trip, they were hanging near the cliffs of the shoreline.
 This was looking south from Cape Foulweather.
 On down to the Devil's Punchbowl.  Looking north.
 The Devil's Punchbowl.
 Surfers on the south side beach from the Devil's Punchbowl.  Note they're still wearing full wet suits!  The Oregon coast water is always cold (50's year around).
 Then we headed to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.  It's a fee park, but one that accepted Ken's Old Age Pass---Yea, saved another $10.   We stopped into the gift shop/visitor's center first.  We got a kick out of the door handles.
 This 93' tall lighthouse was built in 1873 and is the tallest one in Oregon.  It's still a working lighthouse, too.
 We were there on a day they were giving lighthouse tours.  We've only been here once before when they were doing that, so we took the tour again.  This Ranger was pretending to be the daughter of the lighthouse keeper from the late 1800's. 
 Looking down the stairs as we were going up.
 View from high in the lighthouse. 
 This is another area of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.  It's suppose to be an area of tide pools with pathways around them.   It was closed off to vehicle traffic, so we didn't go down there.  Doesn't look like there were any tidepools at this time anyway.

Now it was early afternoon and we were ready for lunch---here we come Rogue Brewery!  One of the larger and older micro breweries.  Rogue Ales was founded in Ashland, Oregon in 1988 by three Nike, Inc. executives.  The company relocated to Newport in 1989 and opened its flagship brew pub on the town's waterfront
Should have done it!!!!
 A few of their items in the gift shop.
We got 2 "flights" (what we call them, I forget what they called them).   In my quest for finding the best beer this trip, I discovered I seem to like IPAs best.
 Rogue Brewery has great food, too.
 And if you're lucky enough to get a table by a window, there are great views of the marina, too.
 View of the vats as we made our way out of the restaurant.
 Being the beginning of Sept., they were prepping pumpkins for the ever so popular pumpkin beers of Oct. 
After lunch, we went a little farther south---to Seal Rock.  The name "Seal Rock" appears to refer to the one large rock, about 20 feet above water, that was formerly where hundreds of seals and sea lions would rest.
 I would love to spend more time here some day and wander around the tide pools and monoliths.
Seal Rock was the end of the Corvallis and Yaquina Bay Wagon Road, which was the first road to reach the Oregon Coast from the Willamette Valley.
Since we had to be back to Lincoln City to check into our condo (get to stay in this one for a whole week!), we turned around here and headed back the way we came.  Along the way, we decided to check out the lighthouse in Newport---.Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (yes, very original with Yaquina Head Lighthouse just a couple miles away!)
 The property was given to the state by the U. S. Lighthouse Service in 1934 and 1971. It is a spruce and pine forested bluff containing a historic lighthouse, later used as a lifeboat station. The lighthouse has been restored and is open to the public. The park originally was developed for day use in 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The old lighthouse at the harbor entrance was erected in 1871 but was discontinued in 1874 in favor of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse several miles to the north.
It is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing.
 Living room.
 built ins in the kitchen.
the kitchen
 a picture made out of human hair.
 this cottage cheese maker reminds me of the shape of the bins Tillamook cheese use to be made in  years ago when we use to be able to watch them make the cheese by hand.
One of the bedrooms.
 another bedroom
view from the upstairs window.
 another bedroom
4th bedroom.
 Before heading on, I had to stop and take the obligatory picture of the outstanding view of Newport Bridge.  I've probably taken this shot a hundred times and each time it's different---clouds, fog, flowers in the foreground, reflections in the water, ..., and I love them all .
 Then we headed down to Newport bay front for a quick drive by.  Love the way they painted up the buildings.

 some of the many boats
 This is fish guts dropping into a vat then put in and hauled away by semi.  I don't know what kind of fish they were processing, but Newport is a fishing town.
A short distance from Newport is Chitwood covered bridge.  Coni had mentioned she had never seen one before, so we knew of 2 to show her.  This was the first one.  The other one was by Drift Creek which we went by another day.
 She even got a big kick out of walking over the bridge.
 Back on 101 driving north through Depoe Bay, another little fishing town.
Since we were suppose to be at the Sandpiper Resort by 7 to check in, we pretty much headed straight there from the covered bridge.  I was a little apprehensive about staying at the Sandpiper Resort initially (not much in the way of reviews and a really small "resort"), but when a 2 bedroom unit turned up in RCI for the exact time we needed, it seemed a no-brainer to book it.  Getting anything on the Oregon coast when the weather is still good isn't easy, let alone a 2 bedroom unit.  Much to our surprise, this place was really nice!  Looks like they just renovated our unit and it was large, clean and very comfortable.  We agree we would love to stay here again!

 Love the 3 piece picture on the wall.  Pretty sure it's a picture along the Oregon coast.  We did have some trouble with the tv the next day, but it got fixed.  We would watch a channel and it would suddenly go out--saying something like "you don't subscribe to this channel".  So we'd change to another channel until it went out and popped up the same message.  Eventually even the Home Shopping Network went out so we notified the front desk and they fixed it while we were gone one day.
master bath shower
 the Master suite even had this room with this huge jacuzzi in it.  We never used it, but found it a nice option since the "resort" is really small and doesn't have a pool or outside jacuzzi.
 master bedroom.
 Also thought it a little odd that the vanity was across from the bed.  The jacuzzi was to the right of the doorway with the bathroom next to it.
The small resort only had 3- 2 bedroom units (3 level condo complex).  Ours was on the ground level.  But we still had great views from our patio.
More of the beach from our patio.

We bragged about Mo's Restaurant and took John and Coni there tonight.  We all enjoyed our food, but with the temps getting up in the 90s on the coast today, it was quite warm in the restaurant.  Most of the restaurants on the coast don't have ac because they never needed it before today.
the seafood and their chowder was as great as ever!
 Even got to go out on the pier and watch a beautiful sunset.  I thought we might see a green flash since there were no clouds at the horizon, but it didn't happen.  I was use to the sun setting really quickly when it got to the horizon in Hawaii, but here it lingered for quite awhile.  Someone nearby said it sets faster closer to the equator. 
Back of Mo's from the pier.
The Siletz Bay by Mo's.  
one last picture of sunset through the pier.
Then it was back to our room at the Sandpiper.  Even enjoyed the view from our patio at night.  We would definitely stay here again. Yes, there were lights lighting up the surf just to our right.

Sept. 6, 2014 --- heading north to Tillamook and Garibaldi train ride:
Today we took our guests north to see what the Oregon coast has to offer that way.  Usually when we visited the coast, we headed south because 101 stays pretty much right along the coast most of the way.  Heading north on 101 goes inland a good part of the way.  But there are a few loops off of 101 that do head to the coast.  But first---breakfast at the quirky Lil' Sambo's.  It's been a favorite place of ours every since the kids were little.
 Love the jungle theme.  The food is good and cheap, too.  No, it's not part of the Lil' Sambo's chain of yesteryear.
Heading north.  Today the temperature was more like what we expected for the coast---maybe 60.  Quite a change from the last couple days.  But with the cooler weather came the cool looking rolling clouds.

Near Tillamook we came upon lots of cows.
How's that for your high school's team name!  The fierce and mighty Cheesemakers!
We noticed a lot of the buildings in Tillamook had big square Hex signs hanging on the sides of them.  Coni said they originated in Germany.  They are to protect against witches and demons. The Pennsylvania Dutch put them on their barns. Especially if the barn was red because the demons like those best.  Now they are mostly folk art.
 We've been fans of Tillamook Cheese for about 40 years now.  It's the 44th largest dairy processor in North America.  The brand is strongest in the West but sells in all 50 states. It routinely wins awards from the American Cheese Society and other groups.
 In 1949, partnering with four independent plants, the Tillamook Cheese Factory north of Tillamook was built.  It didn't look anything like this, though.  Back then the cheese was made by hand.
We use to like coming here and watching the cheese being made by hand in huge long vats.  Last time we were here, they still had 1 long vat being done by hand to show the process.  We were a little disappointed to see it's all mechanized now.  At least they did have a bunch of signs up explaining the process and their history.  
 At the end of the self tour, there's a tasting table.  That part of the tour we still enjoyed!

Had to get pictures of Ken in the Tillamook Baby Loaf van.
And Coni and John.
 Now on to Three Capes Scenic loop.  Ended up turning on the southern loop.
But that was heading back towards Lincoln City, so we turned around and went back.
 We really didn't see much from the scenic loop today with all the clouds, plus the road was closed part way through, so we headed on to Garibaldi.  Love how they even decorate their trains (and we saw some buses, too) painted like cows.
 I had read about the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.  It sounded like it might be fun and we were there the last day it ran regularly for the summer.  They have an extensive equipment roster that includes numerous historic steam and diesel locomotives along with a growing fleet of passenger cars, and freight cars.  All of the equipment and track is operated and maintained by the all volunteer crew of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.  Here's the car we started in.
Here's their totally open car.
 They also have an open car with a roof, which is where we sat on the trip back.
Again, the weather wasn't the greatest, so not much color here, but it was still fun.  
Nice little house along the tracks.
A lake by the tracks.
 Our ride was between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach.  The train ride was about 1.5 hours with a half hour stop in Rockaway Beach, for a total of about 8 miles rt.  The fare was $18/adult. 
Coming into the town of Rockaway Beach.
From the beach at Rockaway Beach---the only beach Coni and John actually set foot on this trip.

 Oiling the wheels?
The town of Rockaway.  We were amazed at how many people waved and stopped their cars to take pictures of the train or even took pictures while driving by.  
John taking a picture of the engineer.
 Me taking a picture of the engineer.  He drove the train back to Garibaldi backwards.
 more scenery
the rocks again.

battle of the paparazzi.
 coming back into Garibaldi.
Back at the car, we started our journey back towards Lincoln City.  Checking out more sights along the way.
 Finally found a picnic table at Clay Meyers State Natural Area at Whalen Island.  I loved our buffet picnics! 
One last stop---in Pacific City for some ice cream.  I remember when we use to bring the kids here when they were little and it was all beach and dunes, no stores or restaurants.   This was the parking lot of the relatively new Pelican Brewery.  I hear it's very good, too, but we had just eaten, so we went across the street to a little strip mall and got some Tillamook icecream from a little store there.
Time to get back to the condo and let Coni and John pack up.  Tomorrow they head up to Portland to spend the night before a very early flight on the next day.  When they were packed and ready to go,  we played a couple games of cribbage---which always gets more interesting with a beer or 2.

Sept. 7, 2014 --- Portland Rose Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, good bye to our friends:
Hard to believe 10 days have passed already (starting in Las Vegas).  After another breakfast at Lil' Sambo's, we were off.
 They didn't have to be at the airport until about 4am the next day, but we all decided they would probably prefer to spend the night near the airport instead of heading up there in the middle of the night.  Our first stop---Drift Creek Covered Bridge.  Originally it was somewhere else and was going to be destroyed, so a couple on the other side of this creek bought the bridge, took it apart, then rebuilt it by their home. 
 So it is a functioning bridge, although driving over it now is driving on private property.
 Then we drove through Dallas again and on up to Falls City.  Couldn't get a good picture of the falls, but the river above the falls is neat, too.
Then we headed up to Portland.  This is from the viewpoint off I-205 overlooking the Willamette Falls.
 I don't know if this is ingenious, or stupid---or, like Portland, just weird---as were the skateboarders on the highway!
 I made them all go up to the free International Rose Test Gardens in Washington Park.    The garden has 4.5 acres and has several tiers.
 I knew Coni would enjoy it.  Figured the boys could use the walk.  The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather.  For the 2nd week of Sept., they looked great!
 New rose cultivars are continually sent to the garden from many parts of the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes.
 It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland's nickname of the City of Roses.
In 1917 a group of Portland nurserymen came up with the idea for an American rose test garden. Portland had an enthusiastic group of volunteers and 20 miles of rose bordered streets, largely from the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition.
The garden served as a safe haven for hybrid roses grown in Europe during World War I. Rose lovers feared that these unique plants could be destroyed as a result of the war.
 Foreign hybridists sent roses for test from many countries and the garden was an immediate success.
 Hard to believe some of the flowers are even roses!
There's even an amphitheater in the garden that hosts many events throughout the year, mostly  classical music concerts and a few plays.
  Today, Portland is the only North American city that can issue its awards to roses of merit throughout the world.
 The roses are tended to by one year-round gardener—two during the summer—and many volunteers.
 Eventually we made our way to this exit and headed UP to the Japanese Garden.
There was a shuttle that went up to the Portland Japanese Garden, but it didn't come fast enough so we walked---up and up and up.  Washington Park has a few hills!  Finally got up to the entrance and found out there's a $9.50@person fee (slightly less for the old guy Ken).  No reciprocal garden membership here, so we paid the fee and walked around the garden.
The garden was dedicated and design began in 1963, though the garden didn't opened to the public until 1967.
 The 5.5 acre Portland Japanese Garden is composed of five distinct garden styles: The Strolling Pond Garden; The Natural Garden; The Sand and Stone Garden; The Flat Garden; and The Tea Garden.
 Three of the essential elements used to create the garden are stone, the "bones" of the landscape; water, the life-giving force; and plants, the tapestry of the four seasons.
 Secondary elements include pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges.
 As a Japanese garden, the desired effect is a sense of peace, harmony, tranquility and the feeling of being a part of nature.
 Japanese gardens are asymmetrical in design and reflect nature in idealized form.
 In a study conducted in 2004 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening, this garden was ranked a very close second place out of 300 public Japanese gardens outside of Japan for highest quality.
 The tranquil rake patterns are often present in Japanese rock gardens.
Raked white sand represents water and vividly contrasts with the lawn, moss, evergreens, and azaleas in the Flat Garden.

 The east veranda of the Garden Pavilion overlooks downtown Portland and Mount Hood, which resembles Mount Fuji.  If there's a haze in the air, like there is today, Mount Hood may not be visible.
 Strolling along.
 The lower entrance features a 100-year-old authentic temple gate, a 1976 gift of the Japanese Ancestral Society of Oregon.  This is the entrance we came up from and went back down through.
 It was getting pretty late and we were hungry, so we looked to Garmin to find us somewhere to eat.  It showed a McMenamins Tavern and Pool not far from the park.  We enjoyed Kennedy School so much, we decided to give this McMenamins a try, too. 
 It was nice, but it really wasn't converted from something else.  It had been a bar and it was just redecorated.
 A toast to our last dinner together on this trip.
Our flatbread Hawaiian Pizza.
And rueben  sandwich.
some of the decor here.
 more decor.
By the time dinner was over, it was time to drop Coni and John off at their hotel by PDX and make our way back to Lincoln City to the Sandpiper Resort.  It was a lot of fun showing off "our" Oregon.  But we weren't done enjoying it yet!

Sept. 8, 2014 --- north to Seaside for the night:
ok, so we have the Sandpiper for a week, but before I knew we would like it so much, I found us one night in Seaside at the Worldmark there for Monday, Sept. 8.  We thought about skipping it and loosing what we paid for it, but it was a pretty day so we decided to see the north coast with blue skies.   Although early morning had fog rolling in as seen here from our patio.
 Yep, breakfast at Lil' Sambo's again.  This time I got the German pancake.  Tasted pretty much like a crepe and I like crepes, so I was happy.
Heading up the the the scenic loop highway again.
 Oregon has Happy cows, too!
Pacific City.
rocky area seen from the beach at Pacific City.
We drove back into  Clay Meyers State Natural Area at Whalen Island.  It was pretty when we had the picnic there, but so much prettier with blue skies.
Another view by Clay Meyers State Natural Area at Whalen Island
And back along the coast.
 A few miles North of Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda is the Sand Lake Recreation Area. It covers 1,076 acres of open sand dunes, surrounded by forests and along side the Pacific Ocean.   Somehow we missed this whole sand dunes area with the Schneides.  We knew it was around there, just didn't come across it.
 One of the most popular activities in the Sand Lake Recreation Area is Off Highway Vehicle riding in the many miles of sand dunes.
 People come from all over the Northwest to explore and ride the dunes.  There's also a 900 acre estuary here which is a great for swimming, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing.
 Was getting a little worried with the low clouds here.
Then there would be breaks in the clouds and beautiful scenery again.

 More wild flowers along the road.
 On up to Oceanside Beach---Oregon, not California.  Lots of surfers here the other day when we drove through here with Coni and John.
Love the way the houses are built on the hill here in Oceanside.  Reminds me a bit of Cinque Terre.
 Time to have another picnic!  Our snack supply is dwindling!
Great views from our lunch table.
 even out to sea.
 Bellies full, time to head up the coast some more.
Apparently this area was harvested.
A historic bridge in Tillamook.
coming upon Garibaldi, again.
The scenic train ride rails on the other side of the pond.
 We found this tall skinny house interesting.
another beautiful view from the road.
and another.
 We went to the 3 Capes loop again and had better views today.

 then the dreaded clouds started rolling in.

rather mystical and pretty in their own way.
 I was surprised to see blackberry plants with blackberries still on them in Sept..
Thought it was interesting how the clouds hung low around Haystack Rock.

Now that's biking with a view!
 When we got close to Haystack Rock, it was actually pretty clear and the tide was out.
The interesting tourist town of Cannon Beach where Haystack Rock is.
 Next stop was Seaside where Worldmark Seaside is.
 It's very much a tourist town, too.  Lots of deco and eclectic style and even a nice boardwalk along the ocean.
Our livingroom in our 1 bedroom condo at the Seaside Worldmark.   I had sworn we had stayed here when we brought the kids here years ago.  Then it dawned on me that we weren't Worldmark owners then. 
the kitchen.
living room.
from kitchen towards living room.
We headed out in search of dinner and ended up at the grocery store.   Picked up a big sub sandwich and some soup and called it dinner.  That gave us time to hit the heated pool and jacuzzi before they closed at 10, too.  Turned out to be a fun little excursion and we didn't have to bring everything with us since we were still checked in at the Sandpiper, too.

Sept. 9, 2014  --- Seaside to Dallas:
Originally I thought our trip to Seaside would be a good place to spend the night and explore farther north all the way to Astoria the next day.  But plans changed.  My brother and his wife had just moved back to Dallas the very day we arrived in Oregon, so we told them we'd be happy to help them move their stuff out of storage and to their house.  They spent the previous week fixing things around the house and today was the day they planned to move their stuff out of their storage room.  So we headed straight south.  Although I did make a detour to check out Seaside beach and Cannon Beach with blue skies.  It was a beautiful sunny day today.
The beach in Seaside.  
 giraffe looking tree growing in Seaside.
 Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach.
 Haystack Rock again.
 and again.
odd little spikey berries growing by the beach.
 Distant views towards Cannon Beach.
another lookout with some unique wildflowers growing there.

 Close up of the neat wildflower.
Morning glories ? growing wild near the beach.
 sun shining through the fog in the trees.
 Back along 101.  Love this view while we crossed a lake.
  The distant jagged mountains remind me of Kauai.
The rocks we saw from the train a couple days ago.

passing Garibaldi.
another view looking back at Garibaldi .

The Air Museum in the Blimp Hanger in Tillamook.
One of the many Christmas tree farms in the Willamette Valley.
A buffalo farm in the Valley.
more buffalo.
 My sister's boyfriend working on the side of my brother's house. 
It was about 1 when we reached my brother's place.  4 trips to/from the storage unit with a large U-haul truck, and lots of hauling stuff in and out of the unit and putting it in their garage, brought us to about 9:30pm.  Very exhausted, we broke for dinner at Washington Street Bar and Grill.  David bought us dinner.  I thought I was being nice and ordering a regular burger, ended up being the most expensive burger and was a whole 1 pound burger---oops.  Half of it went back to the Sandpiper with us!  But first, we had one more load of goods to get out of the U Haul.  I also managed to pull another calf muscle---this time in the same leg as my bum knee.  The pulled muscle in my right leg had pretty much healed from the week before.  But now I was limping again.  We didn't get back to the Sandpiper until after midnight.  Hope our neighbors didn't hear us taking showers in the wee hours of the morning, but there was no going to sleep as cruddy as I felt.  Sure felt good to finally lay down.

Sept. 10, 2014 --- South along the beach to Newport:
It was another gorgeous day on the beach, so we headed south again.  
Taking a little side road off of 101.
Pretty estuary along the way.
Fogarty Beach from 101.  We use to take the kids here when they were little and we would all climb all over this rock.  Ken thinks it got smaller, but I think that's just because of how far away from it we are here.
 driving up to Boiler Bay from 101.
 Boiler Bay.
Lots and lots of whales.
 and other critters.
 from Cape Foulweather, again.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area 
 the marina in Newport Bay.
 Another painting on a wall in Newport by the bay.
dead trees in an area along the coast that regularly floods.
  We didn't exert ourselves too much today.  Mostly driving around, then back to the condo to watch tv and chill out until time for dinner.  Then we drove inland to Spirit Mountain Casino to meet up with my sister and Chester for dinner at the buffet there.  It was another nice visit.

Sept. 11, 2014 --- South from Newport Bay:
 Today we decided to spend the day on the coast again.  This time we headed south, again, but went farther this time.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse to the far right while driving south on 101. 
About 25 miles south of Newport down to Yachats.
 Another view into the bay at Yachats.

 out to sea from the bay
 more of Yachats bay.
a flowering grass growing wild by the beach.
 One of the viewpoints near Cape Perpetua, a couple miles south of Yachats.
 Cape Perpetua Scenic Area ~ Tidepools ~ Churns ~ Spouting Horns
There was another $5/car fee for parking in the area by the Visitors Center, but Ken's Senior Pass was honored here, too.  
 We hiked down a ways to see the churn.
 More of the Devil's Churn
  Cape Perpetua was named by Captain Cook on March 7, 1778 as he searched for the Pacific entrance to a Northwest Passage. Cook named the cape Perpetua because it was sighted on St. Perpetua's Day.   This part of Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is called Cape Creek.
 One of the hikes down to Cape Creek.  Wasn't going to try it with my pulled calf muscle and bum knee.
 This area is a typical Pacific Northwest headland, forming a high steep bluff above the ocean.  At its highest point, Cape Perpetua rises to over 800 feet above sea level.
 Part of the Saint Perpetua Trail some 700' or more above sea level with very little "railing".  This is the trail to West Shelter.
View looking south from the trail  (I think I have the places marked correctly)

  Ken at West Shelter talking on his cell phone---out in the middle of nowhere.   During World War II, the West Shelter observation point was used as a coastal watch station and a large coastal defense gun was temporarily installed
The West Shelter was another CCC project and built in 1934 during the winter.  
One of the Queen Anne's Lace which grows wild all over Oregon, even high in the mountains.
 Trees along the walk.  If we had walked a little farther, we would have seen a 600 year old Giant Sitka Spruce known as the Silent Sentinel of the Siuslaw. That tree stands more than 185 feet high, and has a 40-foot circumference at its base
 another view south from a lookout mainly to capture the interesting clouds.
 The pathway down to the rocks from the viewpoint on 101.
 Looking up at West Shelter from a Cape Perpetua viewpoint on 101.
 Along the Cape Perpetua coastline there are several unique features like Devil's Churn and Cooks Chasm.  Along the Chasm there is a Spouting Horn.  Thor's Well is another neat feature on the plateau near the Spouting Horn, but I didn't get a good picture of it.
 From one viewpoint on 101 looking back at Ken at another viewpoint on the other side of Cook's Chasm.

Since we had dinner plans for 6pm at Kyllo's in Lincoln City with good friends from Portland, we figured we better head back and get ready for dinner.  So I snapped a few pictures from the car along our way back.
 Riding through Waldport.
 the Historic Alsea Bridge near Waldport.
 Palm trees on the coast!!! I'm ready to move here!!!
 On our way through Newport I thought this bar was neat looking.
 Depoe Bay, again.  The Sea Hag is where we had breakfast for a change.
 Fire department remembering 9/11/01.
It was another warm day on the coast.  We really lucked out!  We decided to sit outside overlooking the ocean at Kyllo's.  Unfortunately I didn't take a camera!  But it was a beautiful evening with great friends and a great dinner.

Sept. 12, 2014 --- Dallas and Portland:
Today was check out day.  Hard to believe we had been on the coast for a week.   Hard to believe we've been on vacation for 3 weeks!  Anyway, today we decided to hang around Dallas with my relatives for the day, then head up to a hotel by PDX for our last night.  I went to Hotwire and got a special price on the PDX Sheraton for something like $95.  So we packed up our stuff one more time and headed to Dallas.
Just a few pictures on our ride back into the valley.  Here's another clear cut.
Another farm.
And another one.
One last farm.
Had a great time visiting with my Aunt and Uncle in the afternoon.  Took flowers to my folks grave.  Got Ugo's pizza to take home to St. Louis to our son and daughter-in-law.   My sister even had a dinner party for us with my Aunt and Uncle and brother and his wife.   Great end to a great vacation.  When asked if I was ready to go home, I had to admit---not really! 
Link to my Utah blog, again:


  1. Marine artist Wyland is world famous for painting large, outdoor murals of whales and other ocean life. He painted his first 'Whaling Wall' in 1981 at Laguna Beach, California. Wyland set himself a goal of painting 100 Whaling Walls by 2011. He reached his goal in 2008 by creating his 100th Whaling Wall in Chaoyang Park,Beijing, China to celebrate the Green Olympics. The quest took 27 years, in 13 countries and four continents. The final wall in China, #100 'Hands Across the Ocean' consists of 54 panels and is one of the world's longest murals at 2,430 Feet Long x 10 Feet High. Thousands of children helped Wyland over a two week period, and the mural features habitats and wildlife of all 205 Olympic-member countries.
    The Wyland Foundation has since 2003 conducted a touring schedule to promote art, science, and conservation in more than 35 states, Mexico, and Canada, reaching more than 50 million people. In 2007, the artist, along with science educators and volunteers, held a national tour for clean water, "From Pike's Peak to the Chesapeake Bay — Every Drop Counts," to raise awareness through art and science about protecting watersheds nationwide.

    1. I wondered if they were done by Wyland, but there were so many buildings painted along the marina that I didn't think he would have done them all. We enjoy seeing one of Wyland's works on the side of a building in Kauai everytime we go to Kauai. It's really faded out over the years, though.

  2. The history of the barn quilt begins about 300 years ago with the arrival of immigrants from the Rhine region of Germany. They came for religious freedom. These groups included Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans and other Reform groups.

    Many settled in Pennsylvania, especially in Berks, Lancaster and Lehigh counties.

    Today, octagonal and hexagonal star-like patterns are seen on the Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutche) barns.

    Prior to the 1830s, most barns were unpainted because of the cost of paint. As paint became more affordable, the Pennsylvania Dutch began to paint and decorate their barns.

    Barn decorating peaked in the early 20th century. There were many artists who specialized in barn decorating. These artists combined many folk designs, including geometric patterns from quilt squares. Many of the symbols used had a special meaning such as: circle - eternity or infinity; four-pointed star - bright day; triple star - success, wealth and happiness; and star - good luck. Quilt squares have special names and meanings also.

    1. Thanks for the info Lori. I don't remember seeing all the signs when we were there in years past.

  3. I have lived in Oregon all 64 years of my life. Never have I read such a wonderful memorable travel report about "my" state. Thanks for sharing your great vacation. Next time you must include my beautiful city of Eugene/Springfield, Oregon. I loved your blog.

    Shirley Gauthier

    1. Thanks, Shirley! What a lucky person you are to get to live there all your life!!!