Friday, August 30, 2013

~~Port Angeles, Washington~~

Port Angeles, Washington, a GORGEOUS town, busies itself with tourism, logging, deep port transportation, the Olympic National Forest and more...much, much more!



The ferries are amazing water highways!





While doing a trek up to the Park, we spotted this baby.  How could you get mad at that?





And sometimes, when you ask yourself..."Hey, I wonder what is down that road?," you can discover things that others...less adventurous...may never see.  But that's okay...I'll share!



~~Ediz Hook, Port Angeles Coast Guard Post~~



....and this guy seems like he is feeling a bit lonely at present....



....Oh....did I even mention the amazing food in Port Angeles?



~~Olympic National Park~~

Just a few pictures of the rainforest.  It was interesting, but a bit underwhelming.  I expected dampness, the cacaws of strange birds, the noises of rare animals and an occasional monkey flying about the mossy trees....











You know...happiness is all about expectation management...and always remember that!




Tuesday, August 27, 2013

~~Astoria, Oregon~~

Astoria, a deep water port city, is situated on the south shore at the mouth the of the mighty Columbia River. The Astoria-Megler bridge stretches 4.2 miles across the river!









Patterned after the Trajan Column in Rome, the Astoria Column (125' feet tall) is the world's only large piece of memorial architecture made of reinforced concrete with a pictorial frieze in sgraffito technique. 



The column artwork illustrates the discovery of the Columbia River by Captain Robert Gray in 1792, the establishment of American claims to the Northwest Territory, the winning of the West and the arrival of the Great Northern Railway. 


And nearby is another gorgeous lighthouse, the North Head Lighthouse.



Established in 1898, North Head Lighthouse was erected where Cape Disappointment was meant to be. Because Cape Disappointment was mistakenly placed three miles south, shipwrecks were still occurring in the area around where North Head Lighthouse now stands.

And here is the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse....




~~Yaquina Bay, Oregon~~

Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon is small, yet mighty with charm and local flavor!

Its historic bridge may be one of the most recognizable on Highway 101.




The Yaquina Bay Light House, built in 1871, uniquely, has the living quarters attached to the beacon structure.



....and just down the road is the Heceta Light House....



Everything fishing, crabbing, boating and eating in the harbor!








~~Kitchy, but who Kares?~~

Leggett, CA-- Home of the famous drive-through Chandelier tree







Thursday, August 22, 2013

~~Tillamook~~

If you are a cheese lover and have not tried Tillamook cheese...well...you're really not that much of a cheese lover!  So go get some!

Tillamook Cheese Factory, located in...get this...Tillamook, Oregon, has been perfecting its craft for well over 100 years.  The cows in the damp coastal pastures of Oregon are intensely happy cows, partly the reason for such amazing outputs of cheese, I'm certain.



Low blood sugar led me straight to the sampling room....



~~Squeeky Curds (called this because every bite creates a squeek in your mouth!), Sharp Cheddar, Jack and Habanaro Pepper~~

Only then could I focus on what really counts...the history of Tillamook...NOT!







And here is the Tillamook "ride"....



Enjoy reading all about the history of this cheesy family here: www.tillamook.com


Thursday, August 15, 2013

~~Wombats~~

Okay...there once was a pioneer coat made of wombat fur.  What the phuck is a wombat?  A wombat is a huge rodent that lives...well...who the phuck knows?

Anyway, here is the wombat...



And here is the wombat coat....



And here is the wombat pooping....



Yes...the wombat poops square turds.... so there.



~~R.I.P., Seabiscuit~~

Ridgewood Ranch, situated in rural Mendocino County, CA, is best known for being the final resting place of the racehorse Seabiscuit.


Seabiscuit (1933-1947) was a champion Thoroughbred in the US.  A small horse, Seabiscuit became an unlikely champion and symbol of hope during the Great Depression. He was named for his father, as "Hardtack" or "Sea Biscuit," a name for a hard cracker eaten by sailors.




Wednesday, August 14, 2013

~~Museums...bleh~~

You know I hate museums....



....so I decided to be one!


~~Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, CA~~

Noyo Harbor, tucked into the forested hills at the south end of Fort Bragg, CA, is a fun little find. You may even (not) remember seeing Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn sailing out of this harbor at the end of the movie Overboard.  

Silver's on the Wharf allows for wonderful views of the fishermen and charters coming to and from...


And then there is the famous Carine's Italian Fish Grotto. In 1918 The Carines' grandfather came to this village from Sicily. In 1947 Dominic Carine opened the restaurant to serve breakfast to the harbor's fisherman. The grand-daughter, now an elderly "Mama Carine" still serves and entertains guests personally. 


The spicy seafood stew, Cioppino, was the BEST!



An after dinner stroll along the dock provided sounds and sights you'd never see anywhere!