2014-23

Well, that’s it!  I am back in Yuma.  After Sandra and I arrived, I got her on the Amtrak train headed for Deming, NM where she will be back in her own rig.  I had a great time and I got to see a lot of country.  The Pacific Northwest is certainly one of the most beautiful parts of this country.  I went to lunch with a group of ladies from the Foothills Singles Club and went out for dinner and drinks last evening with the gang.  It’s nice to see my old friends and meet the new ones.  I won’t be posting any more until next summer.  I’ll be spending the winter deciding where my next adventure will be.  If any of you get to Yuma, please look me up.

2014-22

We have spent a week at a WIN Rally in Junction City, Or.  It has been non=stop activities and lots of free meals and entertainment.  First we visited an old sawmill that is still in operation.  They only cut wood that is already sold for certain projects.  They don’t cut the gazillion 2 X 4’s that go to Home Depot and places like that.  Since they do it the old fashion way, they don’t use computerized equipment.

Large ban saw blade.

Large ban saw blade.

Moving the logs into place to enter the mill.

Moving the logs into place to enter the mill.

Slicing...after stripping the bark.

Slicing…after stripping the bark.

Milling as seen from above.

Milling as seen from above.

The second trip we took was the Dunes National Recreation Area.  We were loaded into 2 large dune buggies and given a tour of the area.

While trying to take a picture of the buggy behind us, I caught this interesting light.

While trying to take a picture of the buggy behind us, I caught this interesting light.

One of the buggies topping the rise.

One of the buggies topping the rise.

Everyone got out of the buggy to play in the huge sandbox.

Everyone got out of the buggy to play in the huge sandbox.

Next we went to a Carousel Museum in Albany.  The entire community is working to create a replica of an old carousel.

Completed carving for the carousel.

Completed carving for the carousel.

Carousel animal with primer.

Carousel animal with primer.

Painted carousel animal

Painted carousel animal

 

Portion of the carousel mechanism.

Portion of the carousel mechanism.

We have taken a bus tour to see the covered bridges in Cottage Grove, Or.  We also stopped at 2 wineries.  You haven’t lived until you’ve ridden back to town wit a bunch of senior citizens who have been at a winery.

Shari Donovan posing in front of a covered bridge

Shari Donovan posing in front of a covered bridge

Our guide, Lexi, in a period costume.

Our guide, Lexi, in a period costume.

Louvered windows inside one of the bridges.

Louvered windows inside one of the bridges.

Another bridge

Another bridge

Covered Railroad bridge with Iron sculpture in front of it.

Covered Railroad bridge with Iron sculpture in front of it.

Sandra, Shari and Linda at the winery.

Sandra, Shari and Linda at the winery.

 

 

2014-21

We are finishing up a great week in Waldport, Or.  We went to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Coast Aquarium.  We also stopped for lunch in a most unique pub and brewery.

Brewing vats at our lunch spot

Brewing vats at our lunch spot

Jellyfish at the aquarium

Jellyfish at the aquarium

Miniature jellyfish

Miniature jellyfish

Auks (small penguins)

Auks (small penguins)

Puffin

Puffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We traveled south from Waldport to Sandra’s old stomping ground around Yahatz, Or.  We visited the sea lion caves and some of the dramatic coastline around Cape Perpetua.

Famous Sea Lion Cave

Famous Sea Lion Cave

View of the lighthouse from inside the cave

View of the lighthouse from inside the cave

Sea Lions sunning on the rocks

Sea Lions sunning on the rocks

Devil's Churn near Cape Perpetua

Devil’s Churn near Cape Perpetua

Oregon Coast at Yahatz

Oregon Coast at Yahatz

We leave soon for a 9-day Rally at Junction City, then we will be meandering back to Yuma.