Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sight Seeing

Lincoln City, Oregon               High 61 Low 56

Yesterday we left Sisters, Oregon and drove to the south end of Lincoln City. We are staying at Chinook Bend RV Resort on the Siletz River about 3 miles from the Ocean. We have stayed here twice in the past and while calling it a “Resort” is kind of stretching it, but with 30 amp full hook ups it is OK. The owner that checked us in remembered us and the staff are very accommodating. The other times we have been here must have been later in the year, because the Park is the fullest we have seen it. We were told it was because Portland is so hot that lots of people are coming to the coast to enjoy the cooler weather.

It is about 30 degrees cooler than in Sisters which made for good sleeping. We haven’t had to run the Air Conditioning or heater, so we are happy.

Today we drove south on Highway 101 to Depoe Bay and then to Newport. Another difference we noticed this trip is way more traffic through the three towns we drove through.

Cindy was able to get some pictures from one of the turnouts along the Highway. There was a seagull standing on a post that let us get quite close before Penny growled at it and it flew away.

There were sea lions swimming in the Ocean below us but I only got glimpses of their tails and we weren't able to get pictures.

While we were in Newport we tried to go to the fabric stores we remembered from last time except now only one is still in business. The sales person told us that they were the only fabric shop in Newport. Cindy got the row by row pattern from this store and found another pattern she like that was only $2.

This is the nicest Row-by-Row pattern we have found on this trip.
We tried to take Penny to the beach so she could play for a while, but we couldn’t find a parking space, so we might have to go earlier tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The 2018 Sisters Quilt Show is Now in the History Books

Sisters, Oregon                          High 94 Low 62

We drove through Downtown Sisters and while the shops still were doing the Quilt Walk, not a single quilt could be seen on the outside. We even went by the Quilt Store and again, not a single quilt to be seen but here are a few more pictures from Saturday.

It was too warm for any kind of walk yesterday afternoon so we decided to take a ride to McKenzie Pass to see the back side of the three Sisters volcanoes and see some more lava fields. The elevation there is 5325 feet, which is almost 2000 feet higher than Sisters.

The road was very narrow in some places where the road had been cut through the lava beds.

When we got to the top there is an observatory built out of the lava rocks from which we could see several of the extinct volcanoes and also see miles of lava fields. From the center part of the observatory there were sight holes looking at two of the three sisters volcanoes. When I tried to get a picture through them, all I got was a picture of the hole and description of what I was looking at.

Part of the road was cut through this kind of lava.

These are the two of the Three Sister Volcanoes that can be see through the sight holes.

The parking lot from the observatory.

The road has two big signs that say no vehicles over 35 feet combined allowed. Yet on our way down we saw a large class A motorhome with a toad going up to the top. Maybe the sun was in his eyes as he went past the signs. A few places we went through couldn’t have been over 12 feet wide and we sure hoped we didn’t meet anyone going the other direction.

Today we are leaving for Lincoln City where the high all week is only going to be 62 degrees, which will be some relief from the heat we have been in.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters, Oregon               High 95 Low 64

Today is expected to be very warm. Because of that and the fact that the last two nights have been so warm boondocking at the Sisters Creekside RV Park, we decided to move this morning………..almost 100 yards to a site that someone left yesterday that had full hook-ups. So far we have been a lot more comfortable than the last two days. We did run our generator so we could have air conditioning, but it wasn’t the same as having full hook-ups.

Yesterday we walked to see the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Which is the largest outdoor quilt show in the world, with what is estimated to have over 10,000 visitors and in excess of 1300 quilts on display.

This bridge Covers the small steam that separates the RV Park from down-town.

The show began on a sunny day in July 1975 when the local quilt shop owner hung 12 quilts on the outside of her quilt shop. Other ladies brought their quilts to add to the display and the show began to grow from that humble start.

Yes, Penny was with us!

New to the show this year was the quilt show walk kickoff where businesses that sponsor the event hang quilts in their shop. I talked about the walk off on the last post. That portion of the show begins a week earlier than the actual show.

The event has about $200,000 in expenses to produce the show. Visitors to the show provide a boost to the economy. A recent study found that attendees spend in excess of $1.7 million during their stay.

When we started our walk, some of the quilts were still being hung and as the day went on, more and more people could be seen walking, what we found out after our walk that it was about a five mile walk. By the end of the day walking in 90+ degrees, we were pretty tired, but it was well worth our visit. All the shops had quilts hanging on them, even the ones that had nothing to do with quilting.

This is the local Quilt Store, and of course it had the most quilts.

One store we walked past had Cinderella's chariot.

Street Entertainer.

This group were mostly the same pattern in different colors.

Lots and lots of people.

If you have any interest in quilting, this show in almost a must see. But if you do come, we stayed in the Creekside RV Park because it was within walking distance of all the festivities, I would recommend full hook-ups. Some of the roads through down-town are closed and as a result Parking is hard to find. This was another reason we stayed in the Park we did. Another plus is free wi-fi, probably the fastest we have seen.

The show is always the second Saturday in July.

This is painted on a Downtown Park rest room!

A different view of the Quilt Store.

The loose mountains were bound.

Thanks for visiting.