Las Vegas, Baby!

July 10th. Having packed up last night we are ready to roll this morning.  Oh wait.  The Chiweenie Brothers, those 2Dogs who Travel, are demanding their breakfast this morning.  they are usually pretty patient as long as they get to hike a leg first thing, but this morning they act like they are starving. Surely I didn’t forget to feed them their dinner … Hmmm.  Well, you guys eat. I’ll wait for McDs coffee.  

We leave Villanueva behind us, catch Hwy 3 near the church, turn right and then it’s I-25 N to Las Vegas. Las Vegas, New Mexico, about 30 miles away. It’s a gorgeous drive.  The higher elevations in this state are still lush and green.  Juniper and a few small pines dot the landscape.

Travel days mean McDonalds coffee and sometimes a McMuffin if the next town on the map has a McDs.  Las Vegas is a nice size historical town so McDonald’s coffee it is.  With three cream please.  

I’ve done a bit of research and Las Vegas is not only a historical town, a lot of the old homes are not only still standing but are being lived in.  I love old architecture, and I relish driving through old town, sipping my coffee and photographing the old homes and other buildings.

 

Below, the Las Vegas Carnegie Library

Read about Carnegie Libraries HERE .

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Read more about Las Vegas history HERE .

Thank you for stopping by 2DogsTravel.  The Chiweenie Brothers and I appreciate your interest in our blog.  Hugs, Shawna

 

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

While camped at Edson Creek we take advantage of  having some time on our hands and head to Cape Blanco, across Hwy 101 from where we are.  The road is narrow, rough in places and sometimes it’s a tight fit to get by someone.

It’s partly cloudy with a light breeze. That is until we get to the lighthouse.  The wind is screaming in fits and starts out on the cape and it’s dang cold. The poor host has his winter gear on and it’s a good thing since he has to be out in this all day. I park, leaving The Chiweenie Brothers in the van,  and walk back to take lighthouse photos.

The host asks me where are the dogs, and that throws me for a minute …  He explains that he looks forward to petting and making over any dogs that come along and he noticed the boys in the van as we pulled up and asks what “brand” they are. I explain they are chiweenies, dachshund/chihuahua cross, and not inclined to be out in anything less than 60 degrees OR in a cold wind.  He nods his head in understanding, disappointment clearly showing in his eyes, but they light up when someone pulls up with a golden lab in the back seat.  He gets his dog fix after all!

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It’s cold but the view is magnificent. DSC_0048 (1)

As breathtaking as the scene is I don’t linger. I am soon back at the van and heading back down the narrow rutted road. Not a good idea to pull a trailer all the way up to the lighthouse.  There’s a campground a bit down the road, but I know nothing about it, other than they had the “full” sign on display.

I stop to take photos of Hughes House which is closing as I pull in, but I get some nice shots of the old house.  Read more about Hughes House HERE .

DSC_0070 (1)Huges House, Cape Blanco OR

We also park a bit farther down the road back toward Hwy 101 and take the short trail to the old pioneer cemetery.  It’s a mowed, short trail where at the end we find a few gravesites. An informational sign says all the remains have been removed, but fails to say why.

Cape Blanco Pioneer Cemetery, aka Hughes Family Cemetery, is located on the road into Cape Blanco State Park. The graveyard was built around the local church (Mary, Star of the Sea), and contained various members of the Hughes family and their mostly Irish immigrant neighbors.

Thanks for coming along!  Hugs, Shawna

 

Shore Acres and Cape Arago Lighthouse

Once we leave Sunset Bay we head south to Shore Acres State Park.  This park used to be the summer home of lumber Baron Louis J Simpson who built a magnificent home on the rocks of the shore overlooking the ocean with a gorgeous flower garden complete with a Japanese inspired pond.  The gardener’s quarters and the restored gardens are all that is left of this magnificent estate.

During the winter holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s metal sculptures depicting ocean-related themes and creatures and are brought in and festooned with over 300,000 lights. I’ve visited here before during this time and it is absolutely gorgeous. And very crowded, but worth it!

The Simpsons’ view from their cliff top home. Read more about this Oregon State Park and its benefactor’s HERE 

Cape Arago  lighthouse from afar.   Somehow, some way I missed the road to get to this lighthouse.  Dang! A good excuse to go back!!!  DSC_0045Read more about it HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs, Shawna

CURRENT READ:   The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy

Heceta Head Lighthouse

August 16 — After spending almost a couple of weeks in and around Waldport, OR we once again travel south. My quest to photograph the lighthouses of the Oregon coast will be one lighthouse closer to accomplishment after our stop at Heceta Head.

It’s a gorgeous day, mostly sunny with no wind, and the Chiweenie Brothers and I enjoy the short hike it takes to get to the lighthouse.  The lightkeeper’s big house for him and his family is down the hill from the lighthouse A grand house it is, beautifully restored and kept up.

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I encourage you to Google information on this lighthouse as it has some interesting history.

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In addition to the big house down the hill, there are living quarters attached to Heceta Head Lighthouse also.  Space was tight and made it impossible to get everything in the photo.

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Building attached to the lighthouse

DSC_0025 (3)Chiweenie Brothers at Haceta LighthouseA trail up the hill leads to a nice view of the top of the lighthouse.

Anyone care to guess what this is?

Concrete mounting blocks at Haceta Head Lighthouse

A view of the beach below the lighthouse at the parking area.  DSC_0033 (2)

Thanks for stopping by!  The Boys and I love having you along for the ride!  Hugs, Shawna

From Richland WA to Beautiful Hwy 244 in the Blue Mountains of Oregon

June 30th. From our camp at Scooteney Reservoir we head out, late morning, our goal the dog park in Richland WA where the boys get a good romp. Oh my, the traffic!

Next morning we head out, cross over into Oregon, doing the Wally thing yet again in Hermiston and then Pendleton. I find the headstone of an uncle, Guy O. (for Olinger I am thinking) Ritcheson in the old cemetery on the way out of town.

From Pendleton I point Freedom’s nose south along Hwy 395, stopping long enough in Pilot Rock to fuel up and purchase a block of ice. Onward we travel to a little town called Ukiah where I take Hwy 244 into the Blue Mountains of the Umatilla National Forest finding a wonderful little boondock, a hunter’s camp, not too far in.

 

We spend five days here, trying and succeeding in staying away from the holiday traffic and noise, but instead of down time it was a very busy time: Cleaning and waxing the green beast, doing a mini makeover inside, updating the list of things I want to remove when we get back to Cali, updating what I want to ADD to our van home when we get back, setting up the shower and reveling in the warm spray. I also go through the box on the hitch tray. I do some reading, and take mini walks with the boys. We are right by the highway in a small federal piece of land next to privately owned land with our only neighbors the cows next door.
It may seem like we are on a perpetual vacation, but there’s always some chore or another that needs to be done, and this simpler life—well, most everyday chores that are done around a sticks and bricks takes 2-3 times as long to do living this way. 🙂 
On July 8th we head for La Grande OR, and I notice along the way many places to camp. Not necessarily boondocks, although there are those, but many actual campgrounds. I would definitely come this way again. It’s a beautiful relaxing drive with very minimal traffic.

Some of the beautiful old buildings along 395 and 244

Just a few miles from La Grande, off I-84, I stop and the Arched Bridge, a beautiful piece of bridge design, and fix lunch.

DSC_0035Arch Bridge off I-84 near La Grande OR

 

 

Anaconda, Montana

June 15th. From Butte we take Hwy 1, the scenic route, toward the town of Anaconda which comes up in short order.  We get “the rest of the story” about copper mining when we discover The Stack, a park in Anaconda dedicated to the miners who worked the mines in Butte and the workers who ran the smelter here in Anaconda refining the copper.

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The copper smelter

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Anaconda has some beautiful old brick buildings. I thoroughly enjoy driving through this town stopping where I can whether it be an actual parking spot I snag or just stopping in the middle of the street if no one is coming to grab a photo.

We continue the scenic loop drive on Highway 1. The campground I am looking for along this highway is closed for repairs. My guess would be because of flooding.

Several miles up the road I discover a forest service road on the right, and I take it in hopes of finding a camp.  While I don’t find a camp, I do find these lovely carpets of lupine.

Moving on we eventually end our tour of Hwy 1,  and glide into the little town of Drummond.  Thankfully they have a small park with about 12 camp sites.  I pay the $10 fee and get parked. A walk for the Chiweenie Brothers and we can finally rest our weary heads. It is once again raining.

CAMP AMENITIES
Water: Yes                        Garbage: Yes
Bathrooms: Vault toilet 

Electricity: Available for $25 per night and you have to make a phone call to have some one unlock the box

Tables: Yes                         Shower: No
Fire Pit: Yes                        BBQ: No
# of Sites: 12 or so.            Fee:  $10 for a tent site. $25 if you want electricity 

Other: Right by the river, has a day use area for fisherman, and you are allowed to use the baseball diamond if you want.  It’s also next to the rodeo grounds. Nothing going on while I am here, but might be a problem getting a site at certain times.