Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Not One of Our Better Days and We Were Watched Over

Tillamook, Oregon    High 64 Low 57

Today was a drizzly day all day.

We left Lincoln City at about 9:00 this morning.

We had driven a whole 50 miles and decided to stop at a rest stop. The turn around was a little tight and I thought I had plenty of room (I actually did) but as we made the turn we heard a loud bang. Cindy thought I had hit one of the cars parked there, but we had actually broken both rear springs and blown a tire.

I pulled up to where we were safe and out of everyone's way. It damaged one of the fenders and my sewer hose compartment in addition to the broken springs.

We called the closest RV repair place and he told us he couldn't come out for a while with no idea of how long. 3 1/2 hours later, still no show. Someone from Tillamook that was in the rest stop suggested another company and I cancelled the first company and asked the second to come out.

I had the two tires off and had checked to see if the axle with the broken springs would allow us to drive into town but when I put weight on just one axle, I didn't think I would be able to move.

About that time the man I had cancelled showed up without and tools so I sent him on his way.

Shortly after the second man showed up with chains and a jack and wanted me to drive to his shop. When I told him I thought it would have to be worked on at the rest stop he also had no tools to tear the spring out and had to go back to his shop to get the necessary tools. Why didn't he believe me when we told him on the phone I didn't think I would be able to drive it anywhere? Maybe they thought I didn't know anything.

I went into town to buy a new tire and when I got back he had one side torn apart and he said he would have to see if any parts were available. He call back a while later and said he couldn't get parts until Friday.

So here we are parked by a sign that says No Over Night Parking until Friday. The man that takes care of the rest stop had already told us we could stay as long as necessary and not to worry about the sign.

The only good thing about all of this is that if it had to happen it was good that it didn't break on a blind curve where we couldn't get off the road instead of in a rest stop.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Lots of Sight Seeing

Lincoln City, Oregon          High 70 Low 57

Today we drove back to Newport, Oregon to see the sights.

Our first stop was Depoe Bay. They say it is the smallest harbor in the world (we got that from a sign). The area looks like it could have been volcanic sometime in the distant past because of all the lava rock going into the ocean.

Next we went to the northern lighthouse at Newport. We went through the visitor center and then drove to the lighthouse itself. We didn’t take the tour into the lighthouse itself but got lots of pictures. All the rocks around there were covered with thousands of birds. We didn’t see any sea lions and found out later that we were too late in the season to see them. I thought it was interesting that the tour guide was dressed in 1800’s costume.

Our next stop was the mandatory stop at the fabric store. Cindy did buy one pattern and got a free row by row pattern. She said that it was interesting that the same quilts we saw 3 years ago were still the ones hanging. Yes, Nancy, this quilt store is alive and well. There was another that closed.

We then drove to the water front hoping to see all the sea lions but found out we had to be there by June to see them. We did see two swimming in the bay. We also got to see two star fish in the water and some jelly fish.

The murky water makes this a little hard to see.

We got to see a crab fisherman pulling in his nets which is something we haven’t seen before. He told us that the Dungeness Crabs were the only ones he kept and they had to be of a larger size. He pulled in a lot of crabs, but most were red in color and he said they were Rock Crabs. Of all the crabs he pulled in, he only kept one. He let the young (and old) children throw the red crabs back in the ocean with a word of caution about their pincers. You had to hold them right or they would get you. I had the one I threw back try to get me. All the time I was holding it, Penny was barking at it.

While we were there this is the only one he kept.

Even when you hold them right, they try to get you.

Last time we were here, these platforms were covered with sea lions.

We stopped at the other lighthouse and then stopped at the Newport Café and had some good clam chowder. Cindy has noticed that every time we drove past the parking lot was full and wanted to try it. It made a good meal.

It rained for a while in the morning and then turned into a nice day.

Tomorrow we head north to Washington to another Park we have been in a few times. Astoria has another quilt store we will Have to visit.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

We Are Back in Oregon

Lincoln City, Oregon                 High 65 Low 59

Yesterday we drove to the Sunset Bay State RV Park near Coos Bay, Oregon. It is a nice Park but the only problem with it is that it so far off the beaten path. We were 20 miles from Bandon and 12 miles from Coos Bay. The road to Coos Bay was a lot nicer than the one we took from Bandon.

We got a few pictures at the RV Park and we took Penny to the beach. She still loves to run and roll in the sand. We had no phone or internet service at the Park, therefore the lack of a post yesterday.

Today we drove about 135 miles to the Chinook Bend RV Park near Lincoln City. Cindy and I have stayed here several times. For Linda, this was her first time in the area. We are here for 2 nights with Coast to Coast. I have to like the $5.00 per night rate (for electric). When we booked this Park, Linda got 2 nights with Coast to Coast, while I only got 1. I called the owner and he kind of remembered me and told me he could get the second night with Coast to Coast and he was as good as his word. We like this Park except the only internet is at the office but that’s better than I had last night.

This afternoon we drove through Lincoln City and on the way back stopped at a Glass making place and watched some people making glass things. They have it set up to allow tourists make their own glass objects but we declined. We don't know how much they charge but it is a lot. We looked at some of their glass objects, a glass seashell was $195.00 and one piece was over 900 dollars.

We then went to another beach to let Penny walk in the sand. The wind coming off the water was a bit cool so we didn’t stay long. Penny acted like she didn’t want to leave, but I prevailed (after all I’m a lot bigger than she is).

Tomorrow we plan on going to Newport to do some tourist things and to visit the local quilt store.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

More Redwoods

Klamath, California                High 70 Low 56

Today we went south of Klamath to see more Redwoods. There is a scenic drive about 15 miles away that goes through the redwood forests with stops along the way.

We stopped at the path to the Big Tree. It is supposed to be 1500 years old, over 23 feet in diameter, and about 275 feet tall. There was a sign by it that we kind of liked that had arrows pointing the way to other big trees.

The scenic drive ended at a visitor’s center that also had different trails through the forest. On the trail we took there are many interesting trees and broken trees. I got some pictures of elk antlers that had grown into a tree.

It has been interesting to see the redwoods again.

I have also included some of Cindy's pictures from yesterday from the Lighthouse. They are late because the internet in this Park is terrible and I have no Verizon service.

Tomorrow we head further north into Oregon where we will be staying the first night at one of the State Beach Parks. 

Thanks for visiting.