Saturday, August 23, 2014

Just Cruising Along

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Last fall, before Joe's mom died, we made arrangements to take her on  a dinner cruise for her 99th birthday. But she spent her birthday with Jesus. There are no refunds for the cruise, but instead we  were given a gift card for the full amount, that didn't expire. So last month we made reservations for the 20th of August on the Sternwheeler in Cascade Locks, in the Columbia Gorge . We stayed at The Port of Cascade Locks Campground. Our friend Ruth joined us for the cruise. Our windswept hairdo's was exactly that! The wind blew the whole time we were there, but if it hadn't it would have been uncomfortably hot for me.

There are 10 sites with partial hook ups and five with no hook ups. The view is incredibly beautiful. There are some draw backs to camping here.  The train trestle you have to go under is only 12ft. Did I say train?  Yes I did and  those trains come and go about every 1/2 hour all day and all night. And it sounds like they are coming right down the RV park driveway!!!! 

For us it was really OK because we love trains.  We also were able to watch tribal members from the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes fish right below us. Some used poles, others nets. They are allowed to sell their catch right from their boat. Now that's fresh!

This is the sternwheeler The Columbia. We took the Landmark Gorge Cruise a 51/2 hour cruise from Cascade locks, through the Bonneville Locks to Multnomah falls and back. 

We boarded at 9:30 AM and were immediately seated at our table and told our continental breakfast was ready for us.

The sternwheeler accommodates up to 160 passengers for a sit-down event and up to 450 passengers maximum. The morning we went, there was a tour group consisting of 77 people. The vessel has two floors and they were both full. The third floor is an open deck where we were free to roam 
I think this guy thought he could catch a ride on the waves from the sternwheel paddles all the way to Multnomah Falls.

Mr. G enjoying the ride

As I said earlier, the wind blew quite a bit and the paddles sent up quite a spray to the those near it.

Here we are entering the Bonneville Locks. It was a very interesting procedure.

See the dark water line at the top?  That's where we started.

And see how low it dropped us before the gates opened?

This is just a shot of one half of one of the dining rooms. Our table was clear to the back on the right hand side. (I'm in the white sweater and teal colored Capri's) Included in the cruise was a huge continental breakfast at 9:30, a luncheon buffet at noon with two hot dishes, all kinds of fruits, vegetables, breads, cheese and crackers, and at 2:00 they served desert. Cookies, cheese cakes, fruit delicacies, Coffee and tea were included, Soda was $3.00 but was refillable all day. Other drinks were put on a tab and given to the guest at the end of the cruise.

Views along the way

Our Captain giving more historical information

This sea lion was just huge! Captain says he feasts on the salmon.

These are Tribal fishing platforms. The salmon are running and the catches plentiful

They live in various forms of huts, and tents.

Look closely to the left of the platform, a little more comfortable way of camping...a trailer.

How about a TP?  The real thing.

We are almost back to the port. Just past the bridge on the right hand side.

Friday afternoon, we took in opening day of our State Fair.

Joe and I enjoy watching the horse shows

2019 this building will be a hundred years old.

During the time we were there, these miniature horses pulling their riders on a carts were being judged. We didn't get there until about 3:00pm and left for home by 10:00 because Joe had the Sandbaggers Horseshoe tournament this weekend.

Joe and his friend Russ comparing notes at days end. Joe took first in his division and Russ (whose percentage is higher than Joe's) took second in his division. Congratulations you two. Good Job!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Difference A Few Hours Can Make

We went to the Cove again today about noon and could hardly see past the end of the parking lot.

We got a lot of laughs watching the larger brown dog. It looked like he was digging for clams. He would dig, then run around in a circle then dig again... we watched him do this for a good half hour.

Look closely below the grey and you can see blue. We started seeing this about 2:00PM

By  three, Joe was out of the car and sitting in one of our camp chairs, enjoying the sun with a little breeze.

I wonder if this guy thinks he's the police or one of the other public workers.

I also was wondering if these guys come out here every day to get their supper.........

We didn't stay there for the sunset, but the sun glistening on the water was also beautiful.

Views of Seaside

Transportation varies in Seaside

Caption taken from the Internet

The Turnaround at Seaside, Oregon, is designed as the official end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. In 1990, a bronze statue of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Seaman,  was installed facing the ocean at the west end of Broadway at the Turnaround on the center of the Prom. The monument commemorates the 18 month, 4,000 journey from Saint Louis to the Oregon Coast ( by sculptorStanley Wanlass).

Beautiful weather on the coast brings out crowds of people.

Our favorite place to enjoy the ocean is at the Cove at the South end of Seaside

Surfers and  kite flying 

lots of seagulls just waiting to be fed. (unlike the ducks and geese, they do not like cracked corn) 
Ocean fishing

Love this multi colored boulder. I would think it's color comes from different minerals? 

And across from the boulder, beautiful tall grass

Where we have called "home" for the last four days. It was very convenient, close to the horseshoe pits, pickleball courts, pool tables and the indoor swimming pool.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back at the Beach

We are at Thousand Trails Seaside Resort this weekend. I looked out the window this morning and saw this young man on top of the RV his brother was tossing up the items that needed to go in the carrier and dad was supervising. They were packing up and moving out. The spot was filled less than an hour after they left.
Last night was ooey gooey s'more night around the fire pit.

There are very nice areas here for tent camping.

This is an indoor swimming pool and spa

And this is where Joe plays pickleball every morning at 9:00AM

We knew our friend Carolyn Hopkins was here this weekend and we knew she would be wanting to pitch shoes with Joe. She is the one who got him started pitching horseshoes ten years ago.

 She was also his pool partner. They will be doing that in the morning and at one will pitch shoes with other members who are in the park. So today they went over to the pits for a little practicing. 

And if any of you wonder what I do while Joe is playing pickleball and pitching shoes? Well sometimes I go watch him but he bought me a ukulele for my birthday and I am teaching myself how to play it.
I love the carving on it.  I also am learning to knit, I read, I go for walks around the park  and enjoy working on my laptop.