Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The last week of June

The last week of June has found us spending time in Sutherlin and Florence, OR.

We hiked along the Umpqua River and into the hills to see waterfalls.
Wandered around Historic Oakland where we met a sweet elderly man that invited us into his shop to hear his wonderful antique Heloise.  A German automated musical 1 man band type player piano with many other instruments.

We also went to the Winchester Fish Ladder where we saw huge salmon and steelhead through a viewing window below the water level of the river.

We drove along route 101 with views of the Pacific.  We ate sea food as we watched barges in the Port of Florence and strolled Old Town and poked in the shops there.

And today we spent a short time looking around the Oregon Dunes Nat'l Rec Area.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Klamath Beach, CA

Walking from the road to the beach we passed this ceremonial area.
There is a small sign that asks for respect.  We were impressed and
pleased that everyone had respected it and it was not tagged or
vandalized in any way.

There are large colorful wild flowers everywhere.

The Sister rock greets you as you step onto the sand.
And some of the locals were out too.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Northern California, The Redwoods & The Pacific Ocean


The beauty of North California was an unexpected pleasure.  The coast is breathtaking.

The beach sand is dark gray here.  Very different but beautiful.

There were 3 Elk in this meadow, but this was the best picture.

Stellars Jay came to visit and ate crackers out of my hand!


Driving through the Redwood Nat'l Forest.

We still like to do a few of the touristy things once in a while. After all, how often can you drive thru a tree?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

San Francisco

 We parked our Motor home at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds in Antioch, CA on Thursday.  Not much of a campground. Just a dirt parking lot with hook ups. Today the power went out and will most likely remain out until tomorrow, after we leave.  Lucky for us that we have a generator.  Jim & Linda don't have a generator but we have a lead hooked up to them so they could turn on their Hughes Net.  So we are online for now.

We spent yesterday in San Francisco.  We rode the cable cars, ate lunch at Fisherman's Wharf  where we say the sea lions, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.  Then we went to Chinatown.


     Then as we were riding the cable car we came upon a bike ride to protest the use of fossil fuels.  Everyone on the cable car was hooting and taking pictures!  The bikers were more than happy to pose for our cameras!