Monday, October 23, 2006

Trees of Mystery, Klamath, Ca

We visited the Trees of Mystery in Klamath. Cost was $13.50 per person. They also have a sky tram and an Indian Museum. We enjoyed seeing all the trees and the wood carvings that told the story of Paul Bunyon. The Indian Museum was also great.

Trees of Mystery Indian Museum

Bear Claw Necklace

Trade Beads

Various types of hats worn by Indians
 Posted by Picasa

Trees of Mystery

This is called the Family tree because there are 12 trees growing from one trunk. Quite a sight to see.

Elephant Tree Posted by Picasa

Trees of Mystery, Klamath, ca

Paul Bunyon and Babe greet the visitors to the Trees of Mystery.

This is the garden area.

This is called the family tree as it has 12 trees growing off of only one trunk. Quite something to see. Posted by Picasa

Sea Lions at at Crescent City

Taking a rest after lunch.

Ah, that sun sure does feel great. Posted by Picasa

Fern Canyon

Gary trying to decide which way to go in order to keep from getting his feet wet. Posted by Picasa

Fern Canyon

The trail into Fern Canyon. Lots of water this time of the year. You will get your feet wet crossing the water. Sure is cold.

Went looking for the elk. This is all we found. How many can you see? Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 20, 2006

Klamath River RV Campground

We are camped at Klamath, Ca for a few days. This is our new view out of our windshield.

We are the third motorhome from the right.

View of Cressent City, Ca. Posted by Picasa

Elk Preserve, Reedsport, Oregon

You can see how the colors are changing in this part of Oregon

They have an elk preserve outside of Reedsport, Oregon. These two bulls were just lieing around enjoying the warmth of the sun.

There were two gagle of geese at the Elk preserve. A coyote began to chase the first gagle. When he did so, this gagle snapped to attention. Posted by Picasa

Sea Lion Cave

 Posted by Picasa

Outside Florence, Oregon

Hecta Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses. You can only view it from afar. I took this picture from the Sea Lion Cave.

It was a beautiful day so the sea lions were out of the cave having a great time in the water.

 Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tillamook, oREGON

While in Tillamook we visited the Naval Air Museum and the Tillamook Creamery. The Naval air museum is housed in the largest wood building in Oregon. The building was built to house blimps that were used to cruise over the Pacific in search of enemy subs. The creamery tour was okay. We enjoyed tasting the cheese, cheese curds are wonderful, and of course the ice cream. Gary had strawberry but I thought I would try something different, so I had white licorice. Really tasted great. Posted by Picasa

Evergreen Air Museum

We really enjoy visiting air Museums. This air museum is located in McMinnville, Oregon. It is the home of the Spruce Goose. We arrived in time to take a guided tour. We have discovered that taking the guided tour is well worth the time. We really liked the way that they displayed the planes in this museum. The information boards for the planes were the best we have seen in all of our air museum visits. The cost for the museum was $12 each. They also have a very nice snack bar.

Evergreen Air Museum

Spruce Goose.
This is the type of plane that was used to down the plane that Yamamoto was in.

Senator John McCain flew this type of plane during the Viet Nam War. Posted by Picasa

Fresh crab for dinner

Gary went crabbing at Seaside, Oregon and caught these two. Made a wonderful dinner. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Pacific City, Oregon

We are currently camped at the Thousand Trails camp in Pacific City, Oregon. Great campground except that I cannot get out with my Datastorm. WiFi is available, but it is so much easier to download the pictures to webshots from the comfort of our rig. We have visited two great air museums. I will be posting pictures when I am able to get out with my datastorm. We will also be going into Tillamook to visit the factory. Everyone tells us that we need to get some of their ice cream. It is amazing to see all the fishermen. In some places I swear that they are elbow to elbow on shore not to mention the numerous boats that can be seen. The salmon are running. Gary will be trying his luck one day next week.

Monday, October 02, 2006

1900s shipwreck

This ship never made the complete trip up the Columbia River. The owners did not salvage it as it was close to the time when they were converting sailing ships to steamers. The crew got safely off the ship. We visited this along the beach at Fort Stevens, Warrenton, Oregon. Posted by Picasa

Fort Clatsop National Park

Fort Clatsop National Park is located near Astoria, Washington. We were able to view two short films about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The replica of the fort was burnt last year and they are in the process of rebuilding it. They are using the plans from the original fort. They have a few displays inside the Visitor Center. I took a few more pictures that can be found on the travel photo link. Gary and I really enjoy walking the the footsteps of history.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Fort Clatsop, Oregon

Hats worn by Indians who lived on Oregon Coast.

Fort Clatsop corner posts of rooms

Inside replica of Fort Clatsop.

This is the type of canoe that Lewis and Clark's Corp of Discovery built to travel up the Columbia River. Posted by Picasa

Fort Stevens, Washington

We visited Fort Stevens in Warrenton, Washington. Fort Stevens was first established during the Civil War to add protections in case England tried to enter the war on the side of the Confederates. Various changes took place at the fort during the later years. During WWII a Japanese sub fired upon the fort from 12 miles out on the Columbia River. The Commander at Fort Stevens did not fire back as he did not want to give away his position and besides, his guns could only fire 9 miles. After the war, the pilot of the plane who was aboard the sub at the time of its firing upon the fort, told the Americans that the Japanese fired hoping that the explosions would cause and American ship to respond so it could be sunk, The Japanese did not know that there were guns protecting the Columbia River. The batteries were covered with mounds of dirt and could not be seen from the river. The army had 3 batteries that protected the Columbia River. Fort Stevens also laid mines in the Columbia River to keep out large battleships. After WWII, the fort was decommissioned and the guns that were left were dismantled. One of the 10" guns was literaly broken into pieces that could be carried by one man as the battery and gun had been covered with cement and the stairs leading out of it were only wide enough for one man.

Fort Stevens, Oregon

Mines like this were used to mine the Columbia River during WWII. They were tested at Fort Stevens before being placed in the River.

One of the 3 batteries at Fort Stevens, Washington.

This is a replica of a 8" gun being built at Fort Stevens, Washington. If you notice the top of the concrete you can see that it is beveled. The gun was hidden below the wall and it would be raised up to fire at enemy ships if the need were to arise. The batteries were not able to be seen from the River. The ammo was stored below in the battery. Posted by Picasa