2014-20

We moved on to Tillamook, Oregon where we visited the famous cheese factory and took a steam engine train ride up the Oregon coast.  We also visited 3 capes in the area and had a very good lunch at a pub on the beach.

We hiked to Munson Falls near Tillamook

We hiked to Munson Falls near Tillamook

One of three bays near Tillamook

One of three bays near Tillamook

View from Pelican Pub, where we had lunch

View from Pelican Pub, where we had lunch

Three arches

Three arches

Octopus Tree.  It is unknown why it is misshapen.

Octopus Tree. It is unknown why it is misshapen.

Oregon coast as seen from Hwy 101.

Oregon coast as seen from Hwy 101.

Lumber is still big business up here.

Lumber is still big business up here.

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Train Ride

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Train Ride

More rugged Oregon Coast.

More rugged Oregon Coast.

We saw whales! Honest! Small white spots near large white caps.

We saw whales! Honest! Small white spots near large white caps.

More beautiful coastline

More beautiful coastline

Oregon's sandy beaches

Oregon’s sandy beaches

Whale watching area near Yquina Lighthouse...Yes, they were there.

Whale watching area near Yquina Lighthouse…Yes, they were there.

2014-19

After leaving Ocean Shores, we had to stay overnight in Aberdeen so I could get a front-end alignment done on the motorhome.  We had a couple hours to kill so using the ‘attractions’ setting on Sandra’s GPS we saw a James Stewart Memorial.  Since he was one of my all-time favorite actors, we decided to check it out.  It had nothing to do with the beloved actor but it was a great hiking trail through a lovely park that was dedicated to a founding father of Aberdeen named James Stewart.

Large old growth trees with gnarly root balls.

Large old growth trees with gnarly root balls.

Strange root system

Strange root system

Path through James Stewart Park.

Path through James Stewart Park.

More of the same.

More of the same.

After arriving in Long Beach, we journeyed out to Point Disappointment.  That is where Lewis and Clark finally reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.

Lighthouse at Point Disappointment

Lighthouse at Point Disappointment

Lewis and Clark's first view of the Pacific Ocean.

Lewis and Clark’s first view of the Pacific Ocean.

We also attempted to watch some of the International Kite Festival but there wasn’t enough wind for the flyers to do much.

Some kite flyers on the beach.

Some kite flyers on the beach.

About 25 of the WIN group watching the kites.

About 25 of the WIN group watching the kites.

Sandra and I spent a day checking out Astoria and Seaside in Oregon.  The 4.2 mile bridge across the mouth of the Columbia River is the world’s longest continuous span.  We checked out the riverfront and dock area of Astoria and I climbed the 164 steps to the top of the Astoria Column.  In Seaside, we walked their boardwalk and checked out the ‘carnival-type’ shops along the esplanade.  We found a good place for lunch, had a beer on the pier and rode the trolley.

Bridge, viewed from Oregon

Bridge, viewed from Oregon

View from the top of the Astoria Column

View from the top of the Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria bridge as seen from the Washington side.

Astoria bridge as seen from the Washington side.

2014-18

We have had a great time in Ocean Shores in spite of the fact we had 2 rainy and gray days.  We’ve seen lots of birds and bikes on the beaches and some kites, too.  We visited a winery in Westport and will be heading to Long Beach tomorrow.

Birds on the beach

Birds on the beach

Bikes on the beach

Bikes on the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man-made rock jetty at Protection Island

Man-made rock jetty at Protection Island

Large driftwood pieces.

Large driftwood pieces.

 

 

 

Cement sculptures and painted back drop scene at the winery.

Cement sculptures and painted back drop scene at the winery.

Ceramic 'totem'.

Ceramic ‘totem’.

Guitar made of large driftwood.

Guitar made of large driftwood.

2014-17

Ocean Shores is just that.  Miles and miles of shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.  We have been exploring some of the different beaches and even driving along the coast on the sand for a couple miles, much to Sandra’s dismay.

Miles of Ocean Shores.

Miles of Ocean Shores.

We were able to find a couple of quaint little towns with interesting things to see.  In an area called Sea Brook, we saw some brightly colored housing and a city hall building that looked like an old church with a bell tower.  We also visited a pottery painting studio named ‘Imagine That!”  The new owner, Shelly Meadows, was a nice gal who showed us around.

Brightly painted pottery.

Brightly painted pottery.

Sea Brook housing and city hall.

Sea Brook housing and city hall.

Shelly Meadows paints pottery at "Imagine That' in Seabrook.

Shelly Meadows paints pottery at “Imagine That’ in Seabrook.

We also found a wood carving outfit that does a lot of work with a chainsaw.  Power tools were also being used to smooth out the edges of a variety of pieces.

Ornately carved dragon bench.

Ornately carved dragon bench.

 

Sasquatch wood carving.

Sasquatch wood carving.

Some of our group is taking advantage of the ‘all you can eat’ crab legs feast at the casino.  They also have a $3 breakfast, much to everyone’s delight.  We have plans to visit a winery this week and some more beaches.

2014-16

Another fantastic week in the Pacific Northwest!  We are in Forks, Wa., the home of the Twilight” movie series.  Everything in this little town refers to Cullen or Bella or Twilight.  Just a few miles out of town in the Hoh Rain Forest.  We enjoyed walking through the old growth forest.

Sandra, Myself and Dee Turner standing with a tree that has a 12' diameter.

Sandra, Myself and Dee Turner standing with a tree that has a 12′ diameter.

 

Moss hanging from the trees.

Moss hanging from the trees.

We visited the beaches near here and got our first real glimpse of the Pacific Ocean.  The fog that rolls in almost makes the pictures look like black and white photography.

Hoh River

Hoh River

Beach at La Push

Beach at La Push

Rialta Beach with lots of huge driftwood pieces.

Rialta Beach with lots of huge driftwood pieces.

We visited the Makah Museum and went to the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States, Cape Flattery.  While at the Cape, Bob played his bagpipe for all of us.

When we stopped to get the picture of the town of Seiku, we found blackberry bushes, ripe with fruit.  We picked quite a bit of them and took them along to have with our lunch.  Nine of us went to the Sol Duc Hot Springs for a day of sun and soak.  We took our lunches and enjoyed the day.

Picturesque town of Seiku.

Picturesque town of Seiku.

Very old totems at the Makah Museum.

Very old totems at the Makah Museum.

View from Cape Flattery looking southwest.

View from Cape Flattery looking southwest.

View from Cape Flattery looking northeast.

View from Cape Flattery looking northeast.

 

 

Bob playing bagpipes for about 20 of the Win group.

Bob playing bagpipes for about 20 of the Win group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoyinf Sol Duc Hot Springs

Enjoying Sol Duc Hot Springs

Now it’s on to Ocean Shores for the next 9 days.

2014-15

Probably the most impressive part of the week in Sequim was a ferry ride to Victoria, BC and an overnight stay.  Sandra Carpenter, Shari Donovan and I took the 90 minute ferry ride and  shared a suite at the Royal Scot Hotel and took a double-decker bus tour of Victoria.  We enjoyed one lunch in a nice courtyard and another in an old English pub called the Penny Farthing.  We had a great lunch and some local ale and became re-acquainted with The Robert Service poem ‘In Praise of Alcohol”.  We spent a good part of our time at Butchart Gardens where we saw the most impressive pyrotechnics and ground show display of fireworks I have ever seen.  My pictures will not do them justice.

Beautiful very large flowers

Beautiful very large flowers

Sunken gardens

Sunken gardens

 

 

One of many fountains at Butchart Gardens

One of many fountains at Butchart Gardens

Tree in the Japanese Garden

Tree in the Japanese Garden

Sandra, Shari, Louise and Lynn just before the fireworks

Sandra, Shari, Louise and Lynn just before the fireworks

 

 

Just a portion of the 'huge' crowd for fireworks.

Just a portion of the ‘huge’ crowd for fireworks.

The show begins...

The show begins…

 

 

 

 

I know this looks like a forest fire, but it was a spectacular show of lights in the trees.

I know this looks like a forest fire, but it was a spectacular show of lights in the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very impressive!

Very impressive!

My pictures don't do it justice.

My pictures don’t do it justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statue of Queen Victoria in front of the parliament building.

Statue of Queen Victoria in front of the parliament building.

 

'Welcome to Victoria' spelled out in flowers.

‘Welcome to Victoria’ spelled out in flowers.

Houseboats in the harbor

Houseboats in the harbor

2014-14

Sandra at the Totem carving center.

Sandra at the Totem carving center.

Leaving Port Townsend, we finally got onto Hwy 101.  We will be on this highway, more or less, until we leave the WIN group near the end of September.  101 travels across the northern shore of Washington before turning south along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.  We arrived at Sequim and started one of the best weeks so far.  We visited a Native American Cultural Center and Totem carving shop.  The totems are made of western red cedar tree and the milled log they start carving can cost up to $18,000.  It also costs about $5,oo0 per foot for the carving.  We were also impressed with the planters made of hundreds of small stones.

The town of Sequim has turned an old railroad into a bike trail that goes from one end of town to the other.  On one end is a nice park with an old railroad bridge and an Audubon interpretive center.

Railroad bridge

Railroad bridge

We also visited a wild game park where we fed bears, bison, elk, llama, goats, and many other animals.  These animals are trained for use in TV and movie productions and most have contracts with Disney and other studios.   We drove through the park and were feeding them from the car windows.  We were told we could get a ‘slobber’ discount at the car wash in town.

2 carvers working on totem

2 carvers working on totem

 

Fancy artwork on totems

Fancy artwork on totems

Pots made of stone

Pots made of stone

The next day we went to the Olympic National Park where we walked among some of the ‘old growth’ forest areas.

Old growth forest in Olympic National Park

Old growth forest in Olympic National Park

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View from Hurricane Ridge

View from Hurricane Ridge

The views from Hurricane Ridge were spectacular.  We took a walking tour of Port Angeles which showed how the town had been raised to solve flooding problems.  We were able to see some of the old underground stores.

Faces, carved on a tree stump in Port Angeles

Faces, carved on a tree stump in Port Angeles

We also saw the Dungeness Spit and wildlife refuge.

View across the bay of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles on this shore Victoria, BC on the far shore.

View across the bay of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles on this shore Victoria, BC on the far shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dungeness Spit is a narrow strip of land that extends 5.5 miles to a lighthouse. (The tiny white dot just below the mountain)

Dungeness Spit is a narrow strip of land that extends 5.5 miles to a lighthouse. (The tiny white dot just below the mountain)

 

 Dungeness Spit


Dungeness Spit