Bruce The Nomad

OREGON - Part Two
This travel log covers some of our activities in Oregon. Months of May through July are covered HERE.

Molly and I began the summer as a Camp Volunteer in Oregon at the Schwarz Campground. Schwarz Campground was created and is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. This agency created the dam and Lake Dorena as a flood control project. We are about 5 miles SE of Cottage Grove, which is about 25 miles south the Eugene, both located just off of Interstate 5. The job entailed doing some hosting and a number of minor maintenance tasks. Picking up litter, painting signs, blowing leaves from the site pads and roads, etc. Nothing too hard. We met some great people and had a good time.

On August 1 we headed north and visited friends in Salem. Our first stop was to my high school buddy Larry and his wife Barbara. Then went over to see Herb and Norma and had a great dinner. Norma has been a sous chef, and she sure can cook. We then headed to Portland to help my friend michelle with a couple of projects.

After two weeks of work and play, I have completed the remodel of two bathrooms at Michelle's. The 1st floor half bath required removal and replacement with a new vanity and sink. Pretty simple except that I had to modify the cabinet to fit the flooring. The 2nd floor main bath consisted of removing all fixtures, laying a ceramic tile floor and new vanity with tile top and glass bowl sink. The wall configuration required modifying the vanity to fit. A new paint job and towel racks finished the project. Photos are included.

I had a great meal at "Riccardo's Restorante" in Lake Oswego. I first met the owners, Riccardo and Georgette Spacarelli, when I moved here around 1983. My meal was veal picatta and prepared exquisitely. I had a bottle of Vernaccia San Gimannio from Fancini vineyards. I remember tasting this wine when Sandy and I enjoyed time in Italy with our friends, Alice and Neal from West Virginia. We really loved the little village of San Gimannio in the Tuscan area of central Italy.

We left Portland and headed to the Oregon coast. Along the way we stopped at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Mcminnville. The famous Howard Hughes creation the Hughes Flying Boat, H-4, HK-1 "Spruce Goose" is on display. The are replicas of the Wright Bros plane and many other aircraft including an Evergreen Aviation 747 atop a soon to be open display building. This no Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in DC, nor the Wright-Patterson Airforce Museum on Ohio, but it is interesting.

We continued our travel toward the coast. We headed south from Lincoln City along the Pacific Coast Highway stopping occasionally to see the views and take photos. Our first stop was at the Beverly Beach State Park. This is only the 2nd time camping here. The other time was in '75 as I was going back to Davis, CA from Bellingham, WA. This is a very nice facility.

Here a couple of shots of the completed main bathroom. Here are pics of the front of Riccardo's and of Riccardo himself as he is making me a cappuccino.
These photos are of the shoreline from Lincoln City down to Beverly Beach, where we spent the night, and continued the next day beyond Seal Rock. One could spend a weeks stopping and walking along these beaches.
These photos are of two of the museum building at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.
Here a few of shots of the Hot Rod Grill in Florence, OR. Yep, that's me sitting in a 1949 Ford convertible dining spot. The interior decor is as cool as the exterior. Just my kind of place. Here are pics of the beach at the Wax Myrtle Campground. The one of the stream is a restricted area just for the "Snowy Plover" as its nesting spot during the summer. The rest of the many acres of sand dunes are for ATVs. The final photo is of a 1953 Freightliner bus converted by the owner into a really cool motorhome. He's also got a cool little dune buggy (look close and it is visible next to the bus).


We took in more sights the next day and as we were heading into Florence, on the way to this campground, I spotted the "Hot Rod Grill". I decided this was a good place for a late lunch of Burger, fries and chocolate Coke. Photos are included. We then settled in the Wax Myrtle Campground located in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area. The is a USDA Forest Service facility located south of Florence, OR. This is also a nice place to camp. There are nice trails and the ocean is a mere 1 1/2 mile stroll one way. We will be here for a few days and then continue in Oregon and into California, weather permitting. This is our third day here and it has gotten overcast and cold.

Bye for now. I will send more info and photos as we continue to travel south into California and visit family and friends along the way. I will make a visit with my daughters in Sept/October as I head back to Tucson.

Bruce and Molly


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