Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 30 Time to Reflect ? NOT

We hit the road Saturday morning, with travel plans to land in Seaside, OR. We left the CG around 9:30 and headed to Tillamook, OR. Our plan, stop in at the Tillamook Air Museum.  Press HERE for a link to website.

Can you can image something as large as the Dallas Cowboys new stadium? Now envision something that large, made entirely out of wood.  Or something larger then DaGirls Rv? No it is not Photoshopped.

Satellite View below of the area

We spent well over an hour viewing the hanger, exhibits, and the Guppy outside. Even I remember some of the items displayed. I am sure many of you along with my dad would remember them too.

The Guppy was a cargo plane used to transport anything from Helios to space shuttle hardware. Press HERE to a link to website


Guppy Photos

By the time we saw everything, lunchtime had arrived, so what better place to have lunch? You guessed it, the Air Museum Cafe. 

If you like burgers, then this is THE place in Tillamook to have one. Susan and I shared one (which we always do), and boy was it YUMMY. Oops no photo. Should we now start to take photos of our dinners?.................NOT.

Safe Travels and Journeys from DaGirls 
                Della                     &                      Tilly

Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28_On the Road to Somewhere_Coastal Hwy 101

We landed in Florence, OR around 12:30 on Wed. Once setup we stopped, had lunch and checked out the area. 

South Jetty RV CG is a Thousand Trails/Encore Park. Again, older and sadly in need of a major overhaul of all the sites. But, it is close and just the right price $0.00 for us. We spent the night relaxing and checking out what we wanted to see on Thursday. We both choose Old Town, Seal Cave and the Light House. 

We spent a little time walking around old town, visited a few shops and almost bought a new kite. 

I also spied a few special shots:

And yes that is the distance from Florence, OR to each other Florence.

As we left DaGirls we sadly learned that the light house was not open today. So off to the seal cave. The seal cave is a tourism place and that is ok. As we are tourist today. One thing that bother me was the counter lady kept hawking the Sea Cave saying yes there are seals inside. What she meant to say was maybe. Even when she could see the video feed from the cave showing NO SEALS. When we asked her to repeat, of course there is at least one. 

Well, we are tourist for the day and we were going to have fun. What we saw outside along the rail was still worth it even though we did not see any baby seals being born, but one can hope. We enjoy what we saw, even when we went inside the cave. 

At first we did not see anything, but we did grab a few photo ops inside. However as we were standing around and just  watching look what we spied swimming inside the cave. 

One really adventurous seal. 

From the outside of Seal Cave we did manage to see the Light House.

But we did manage to have a good road trip and a few photo ops. 

Next as we traveled back south we stop at the Cape Creek Bridge. This bridge is an arch bridge that spans Cape Creek in Lane County, Oregon, just north of Florence. The bridge carries U.S. Route 101. Opened in 1932, it was designed by noted bridge engineer Conde McCulloughand built of reinforced concrete by John K. Holt. The total length of the bridge is 619 feet (188.6 m), with a main span of 220 feet (67 m). 

The bridge resembles a Roman aqueduct, with a single parabolic arch that spans half its length. It was listed as Cape Creek Bridge No. 01113 on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, as part of the McCullough, C.B., Major Oregon Coast Highway Bridges MPS (Multiple Property Submission). 

Ok, so what is left just a few shots of the beach, grey clouds and mist.

And finally a closing shot 

Safe Travels & Journeys
from DaGirls

                              "Della            &              Tilly"

May 27_On the Road to Somewhere_Elkton

​On the way to Florence, OR, we stopped in a town called Elkton on OR Hwy 138. Elkton can be reached off of I-5 at exit 136 on OR Hwy 138 heading west.

As you are driving thru town, slow down, you don't want to miss out on the Coffee House next to a Gas Station just before the High School. Just 100 feet past on the north side is a little mexican food stand with a good sized parking lot. Or do what we did and just park on the shoulder with lights flashing.

What drew our attention was the Hot Dogs standing outside and next to the gas station. AND we had been discussing making coffee shops (unique and small) a new stopping point/hang out as we travel.

Me, DaGirls and A Hot Dog

 Susan had to get into the act

The barista we met was wonderful,

as we order our coffee and 3 buck chuck from the menu.

We both order a blended coffee drink, Susan's was upgraded to a large for free. Our drinks were topped with chocolate coffee beans - Yum. She added 4 shots of espresso to mine as it was going to be a long drive to Florence (45 miles). 

The barista started talking about the local ice cream called Umpqua, she added some of the Umpqua ice cream to our drink, which makes for a creamer blended drink, YUM, of course a Large is too large for me. Next time I need to remember to stick to a medium.

A local customer had stopped by and delivered roses to her shop. Man what smells they produced. All you ladies, the rose to the right of the center dark one will knock your socks off,  the fragrance was incredible.

Susan and I split the 3 buck chuck. Della decided to give it a try also, well almost. Listen folks it is all about the small things in life, small towns and the unexpected stops you/we make. If you are ever in Elkton, OR. Stop, take a moment, check out the coffee shop and gas station. Inside you just might see the 1971 Ford Torino inside. Wish I had taken a photo.

Safe Travels & Journeys

from DaGirls         "Della                     &                Tilly"