Boiler Bay. Depoe Bay. Rocky Creek Viewpoint

August 4, 2018 . We leave Lincoln City behind and continue south. Destination: Boiler Bay.  It’s a beautiful day with a bit of a breeze and the sun playing hide and seek. I thoroughly enjoy the ride even though traffic is heavy; It’s summer and this is Highway 101 …

We pull into the wayside at Boiler Bay and Sandy is right behind us.  I snap the leashes onto the boys’ harnesses and saunter over to the fence at the edge of the parking lot gazing out over the bay, eyes casting about for whales. Nothing.

Sandy shows me the inside of her new Mercedes cargo van. She shares that she came over from an appointment in Portland where she had the inside outfitted to truly make it a home on wheels.  It’s beautiful!!!

We go back to the overlook and chat as we keep an eye on the water so we don’t miss a whale sighting.  Sandy got her master’s degree in age and aging at the age of 60! She is retired now, but likes to keep busy volunteering to help in disaster type situations around the country.  She’s originally from  the east coast, but currently from Austin, Texas where she took care of her mother until her passing.

Someone shouts that they  have spotted a whale, and sure enough a young gray is seen in the water.

After seeing this young whale surface again and again over the course of about a half hour, Sandy leaves for her camp at KOA in preparation for her trip to Lake Tahoe in the morning. I drive back north to Lincoln City for another night at the Chinook Winds Casino.

The next morning the boys and I take in Depoe Bay on our way to Newport.

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This young lady is tracking radio-tagged marbled murrelets for the University of Oregon.

DSC_0047Young Lady working for University of Oregon Tracking Marbled Murrlets  A plaque here on the rock wall honors two men who lost their lives trying to save others.

As our coastal meander continues we take a side road to Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint.  I love this rock house perched on the cliff overlooking the ocean,  and the old bridge over the Creek.

Our day continues . . .

 

The Oregon Coast! Fort Stevens, Fort Clatsop, and Astoria

July 25th.  WE’RE HERE! The Oregon Coast at Seaside!!  AHHH, the cool air feels wonderful! We meet up with a fellow van dweller, Sue. Sue is a born city gal, the daughter of circus performers, who ended up in Oregon around 2004 and stayed. She taught me a few things about van dwelling in the town environment. Being FB friends for a couple of years through a van group, it’s so nice to finally meet face-to-face. Both her sons are currently in Sweden and she is planning her second trip there for visit after her trip to the east coast. She is also throwing a trip to Thailand somewhere there in the mix.  The boys and I spend a lovely day along the boardwalk—The Prom—with Sue, meeting  more interesting people.

We meet two gals from Virginia who BIKED their way to the Pacific Ocean. Seaside, one of their last stops before they are on a plane home. Another gal and her boyfriend, vanners also, are enjoying the ocean beaches. She, a Canadian with an Australian accent (lived quite a while there and was a firefighter) but currently from Virginia is out here on the west coast with her boyfriend, an artist.

Sue heads north, the boys and I hang at the beach.

Next morning we head to Fort Stevens to spend the day.  This is a huge state park and it’s very busy.  We spend time walking along the shore where the wreck of the Peter Iredale rests on the beach, its bottom half entombed in the sand .

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Read about the sailing ship HERE 

DSC_0044 (1)       The fog does, finally, lift. Wreck of the Peter Iredale, Ft. Stevens northwest Oregon Coast

Once we head out of Fort Stevens I stumble—by pure chance– upon a dog park in Warrenton, and of course we stop.  The boys enjoy some off-leash time, and I enjoy chatting with the locals. In the same area as the dog park is a hiking trail along the Columbia River.

There are homes along this trail, and I spot a particularly pretty yard.  I get a small pang of regret as I gaze at the beautiful flowers.

DSC_0034 (1)Somebodys Garden along carruthers Trail on the Columbia River It doesn’t last long though, as I realize I have no weeding, watering, or dead-heading to do.  I can enjoy without all the work. 🙂

July 26th, after another night of “boondocking” in the city I locate a laundromat and do a load of wash, then head to Fort Clatsop where they have a wonderful replication of the old fort. Read about Fort Clatsop HERE

A cleverly disguised trash can within the park.  DSC_0013 (2)

What I love most about every state park we’ve been in so far–AND most rest areas–are the hiking trails.  A dose of education and some exercise; a great combination.

Not wanting to miss getting to see the first permanent United States settlement on the Pacific Coast, I point Freedom’s nose to the north and we head to Astoria. Read more  HERE .

Whoa.  I LOVE the old buildings here, but the streets are narrow and the traffic is horrific. I grab a shot of Flavel House, even though there isn’t enough room to get the whole of the beautiful old building in the shot. DSC_0018 (1)  In the parking where we are parked is this building, ye old pokey, now a film museum.DSC_0019 (2)Astoria OR

read about Flavel House HERE.     I attempt to find “The Column” but fail.  Hunger pains win out over getting to the column, and I regret not seeing it, but it just gives me a reason to come back someday.

Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs!  Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Shawna

Interesting People

I have met some interesting and fascinating people on this adventure.

Jim Donahue.

Jim D closeup Jim is a retired construction worker from New England. He left the northeast in his Ford van last summer and set out to see the US.  He has walked the entire Appalachian Trail from it’s beginning in Georgia to it’s ending in his home state of Maine.

He survived and thrived after a devastating brain aneurysm that should have killed him, and became a self-taught, accomplished photographer with a unique perspective taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

Jeannette Johnson.

DSC_0018    Jeannette travels the country in her small SUV pulling a darling teardrop trailer her adorable traveling companion, Snickers, along for the ride. We didn’t get to talk much as she was off on another adventure once she had a vehicle repair done, but I did learn that Jeannette is an avid hiker. She didn’t get into hiking until she was 60 years of age, and has been going strong for the past 10 years.  Keep on keeping on, Jeannette!  You are an inspiration

Mary Vought 

Mary, a retired lab technician from California, travels when she can in her little Prius.  She is the master packer, getting all this stuff in her small environmentally friendly vehicle.  This just blows me away!  Miss our campfire chats, Mary

Peggy        I didn’t get a photo of Peggy, darn it. Well, I did acquire a photo, but her comment left me with the distinct impression she wouldn’t have approved of it’s publication …

Talk about interesting people. Peggy, a hair dresser by trade, worked in that capacity for about 20 years, hair dresser to the stars. She worked for movie studios who came to San Francisco to shoot movie and TV pilots, and has done the hair of major stars. She has some interesting stories and observations!

She also worked for the Closet Factory learning to design not only closets, but offices, and garages. She went on the learn kitchen design and did work for referral clients and a couple of contractors.

Peggy ended up buying a barber shop working that for about 7 years before turning it into a family salon. She sold that but still works there a couple of days a week. She is also into eBay, and taking care of her aging mother. Peggy says she sounds more like a woman with ADD than someone interesting, but I totally disagree.  This woman is a go-getter, and I love her fun sense of humor.

Peggy travels when she can in her 1999 white Chevy Express van that she customized herself, of course, with her dog Dusty Rose (Roads!  haha).  Cheers to a woman of wine and fire!

Thanks for stopping by 2DogsTravel.  Who are the interesting people you’ve met along life’s journey?  Hugs, Shawna

Hugs, Shawna