Last pics from Oregon

I enjoyed the drive through California (well, the northern part, at least), but didn’t take any pictures. I was too busy driving. But here are the last few pics from the Oregon coast.

And, yes, those are my feet in the water. It just seemed appropriate that if I was gonna drive the coast highway, I should at least dip my toes in the water.

Turns out, it was just as cold as it looked.

11 thoughts on “Last pics from Oregon”

  1. Awesome pics Brad. The PNW looks like beautiful country. I’ll have to get my lazy ass off the east coast and make it out there some day. Haven’t been farther west than Memphis.

  2. Sadly no. I get 4 weeks vacay a year, Unfortunately job responsibility dictates that I’m only allowed to take a week at a time, so driving out that far from the east coast is pretty much out of the question. I could take a flight and then rent a car I guess, but you miss a lot of beautiful country that way and end up wasting about two days in airports.

    One day I’d love to hit the northern tier states, the plains, see the Great Lakes, the Rockies, Yellowstone, the PNW, drive down the west coast and then back through the southwest, Texas and the Gulf states on the way home. You know, things to do before you die. Hopefully I’ll have a motor home by then when I do it.

  3. I’ve been lucky enough to drive through most parts of the country. Of course, I just drive. I don’t do any of that cultural crap.

  4. Yea, me neither, not much anyway. Ever been to the Shenandoah Valley? God’s country all the way, of course a lot of folks say that about areas they live in or near. I especially love the area around New Market, Va. It’s absolutely grand. There are places not far from there where you can pull off of 11 and 340 and take a dip in the Shenandoah river, go tubing or kayaking. That river is usually on the cold side due to so many springs and mountain streams feeding it, so a dip in it this time of year is especially enjoyable.

    Anyway Brad, take care, say hi to the Hosties for me. Need to start whittling down the Sunday honey-do list.

  5. I was born in Virginia Beach. Haven’t been back in far too long. One of these days, I gotta make a tour of all the good Civil War battlefields.

  6. Yea, the battlefield thing is a must do. I live about five minutes from Cold Harbor and I can just about hit Seven Pines with a rock from my house. After I moved into my current home I searched the woods behind it with a metal detector and found some New York buttons several minnie balls and a few projectiles. A friend of mine who was with me found an Enfield rifle. All of the wood was rotted away, but the metal parts and the barrel were surprisingly in pretty good shape for being way over 100 years old.

    My dad used to be the grounds manager at a golf course about a mile up the road and back in the early nineties before he officially retired.
    They were doing some bulldozing work in the back building up berms because basically the course is surrounded by the Chickahominy swamp and is prone to flooding at times. During the project they uncovered the skeletal remains of a Confederate soldier still in his uniform. The Daughters of the Confederacy received his body some time later and gave him a proper burial although I’m not sure if they ever found out who he really was.

  7. Blazer, you are likely to find anything in that country. You probably remember the story about the cannon ball falling out if a tree at Jimmy Dean’s farm and nearly killing one of the “help.” She would have been the last casualty of the war of northern aggression if she had been injured or killed.

    Brad, things have changed enormously in just the past 36 years since I got out of the Navy(’74). Some of the stuff I can’t even place anymore even though I’ve been back numerous times to the Norfolk area. It has changed so much. Many of the battlefields are endanger from encroachment. Those in Tennessee are in the least danger. In the DC area, the most danger. See what you can, while you can. Shiloh in Tennessee, and Vicksburg in Mississippi are both excellent stops on the way east, and still offer the ability to visualize what went on. It’s getting harder to do so at the Northern VA sites.

    I could have told you the water on the OR coast is cold. You can play in it for a short time, but that’s about it. Our favorite areas were in the Newport neighborhood, and we went over to the Yachats area a few times. We would normally go to the Newport area via US 20, then south on US 101 and cut east to Springfield/Eugene area to go home. It was nice day trip in the summer. US 101 through Oregon is one of the nicest drives you can make. Too bad living there has become a conservative’s nightmare. That’s what happens when you let SoCalifornians in as refugees from the mess they made of home. They go somewhere else, miss the mess they made, then foul their new nest.

    1. Quartermaster , I do remember that. There was also a guy down near Petersburg a few years ago who found an unexploded cannonball and attempted to drill into it in his garage to take out the fuse mechanism. He blew himself and his garage to holy hell and he died.

      The Civil War evidently is the gift that keeps on giving even 140 years later.

  8. Oh, I knew the water would be cold. I grew up in Washington. It’s ALWAYS cold. But it wasn’t so bad I couldn’t dip my toes in it.

    That stretch of the 101 is nice. In fact, I made a special point of driving home that way. I didn’t get to see any more of Newport than what I glimpsed through the window at 35mph, but I did like what I saw. In fact, I’ve recommended it as a vacation destination for some of my friends.

  9. I managed to dig up the story about the guy who was killed by the Civil War cannonball. I had it wrong somewhat, it didn’t explode while he was working on it in his garage, it was in his driveway when it went off.

    http://tinyurl.com/5bk9y2

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