Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oregon City, Oregon

Since leaving Long Beach Washington, several weeks ago, we have been cruising up and down the Oregon coast.  We made a fast trip south to Crescent City California to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew the tags on both the rv and the Honda.  Last year I did the renewal online and it took forever for the tags to catch up with us in New Mexico.  So since we were within striking distance to a DMV in California we decided to drive on down and get it taken care of in person.

Now we're in the Portland area where we've been doing some sightseeing.  Most of the time we've been staying at Elks lodges because they are so much cheaper for members, which we are, to stay in.  But as a treat we are now in a park, run by the city of Oregon City, on the banks of the Willamette River.  I mean we're parked on the bank of the river, what fun.  Just how do you pronounce the name of this river you ask?  I found this on the internet. The correct pronunciation of Willamette is Will-AM-it as in Will-AM-it, damit.  Hope I didn't offend anyone.

Looking up stream, that's the highway 205 bridge.

Looking downstream.  Bubba has the best view, when he's not sleeping.

Oh look upstream, the Willamette Falls.

Looking at the falls from the east.

From the west.

I know you can't read this but it's a good picture of what this area looks like now.
Mostly closed factories on both sides of the river, except the hydro electric plant still running.

This is what it looks like today.  I put these two pics together.

If you want to read more about the falls and see some fantastic pictures click here.

To get to the west side of the river you go over this neat old bridge.

I took a picture looking back at Oregon City and that's when we saw Mt. Hood
 in background and tall white thing in front.

Oregon City has two levels.  Part up on the bluff and part down below.

Mt. Hood

Oregon City was the capital of the Oregon Territory and was started by the Hudson Bay Company.
Read all about it here.

We'll be heading up the Columbia River Gorge tuesday so will be posting lots of pictures of that. 

Evie and Joy + Bubba and Missie

Oh and if you're wondering if the rv has been fixed yet, no, not yet  We're still waiting for the parts to get here from Ohio where they are being manufactured.

Sunset on the Willamette River taken from bedroom window.

Monday, September 11, 2017

More Images from the Long Beach Peninsula

Unique shingle designs.

 Diamonds and balls, I think.

This picture is from the internet.
Sawtooth, Diamond, Octagon, Ball and Spear, Honeycomb.

The Wreckage 1912.

The Chowder House, this is one flat side wall.

 Footprints in the sand.

Our first eagle.

We're leaving Washington tomorrow morning and making a mad dash to Crescent City, California to renew the tags on both the rv and the Honda.  We'll tell you about that next time.

Evie and Joy

A note about these photos.  A couple of weeks ago I upgraded my cell phone to a new iPhone 7 with its fancy camera.  These pictures were taken with the new phone.  The picture below is zoomed in 10x.  The pictures of the eagle were taken in a burst of 100 pictures, as he was flying away from us.  I chose only three to post.  But the burst is like a video, one frame at a time.  Now if I can learn to hold still.

Spider webs in the early morning dew. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cranberries and Flowers

They grow cranberries near where we're staying, here in Long Beach, Washington.

Pictures of cranberries from internet.

Close-up of cranberries starting to turn red.

Now for some flowers.

We see these blooming all around, but I don't know what they are.

Hydrangea in our yard. 

Lily blooming in the McDonald's parking lot.

Weed and bee.

Good year for pine cones.

Evie and Joy

Bubba and Missie

Monday, August 21, 2017

Where the Columbia River Meets the Pacific Ocean

The Columbia River separates the states of Washington from Oregon. By looking at the map below you can see that the town of Astoria, Oregon sits on the banks of the river but that there isn't a town on the northern banks, that's because there are mountains on the north side of the river.  See those green areas, those are state parks, one is a National Wildlife Refuge.  We are staying on that spit of land to the far west or left, just up the road from Long Beach.  There is a Costco and Fred Meyer's store in Warrenton, Oregon just west of Astoria, all on highway 101.  So we've been back and forth across the Astoria bridge several times.  The mouth of the river is 4 miles wide, at the bridge.

The dashed line in the river is the state boundaries. 

I'm showing you this so you could see just how green everything is.
But you can also see Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and
Mt Rainier National Park.  Those two are tall mountains with snow on their tops.

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse on the Washington side of the river.

On the south side of the river looking north.
Columbia River to the right Pacific Ocean to the left.

On the north looking south
This ship is on the river, see that little bit of land out there to the right of the ship?
That's where I was standing when I took the picture before this one.

This is on the north of the river.
River to the left ocean to the right.

Oregon Coast looking south.

The beautiful Astoria Bridge.
Astoria to the left and Washington to the right across the bridge.

Harbor under the bridge.

Logs loaded onto the Camila ready to go.
The next time we went by the barge was gone.
I don't know where to.

Shipwreck on beach.

Evie and Joy

This is another picture of where we're parked.
There are three other friends parked here as well.