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Avenue of the Giants    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Redcrest CA

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Dave and Elaine at a giant redwood log

Someday I want to have the time to try to tell a photographic story of the giant redwood tress in northern California. A short visit such as the one we had just cannot do it, and mostly because I have not yet been able to gain the  perspective from which to tell that story. These trees, and the setting where they live, are overwhelming at first (or second or third, etc) meeting that I find it hard to grasp what my mind senses and feels and to get a handle on how my body feels in their presence. And make no doubt about it - they have a great presence. Photographically they are challenging because they are so tall that you cannot get back far enough to take on all in. Perhaps if the grew alone you might, but there are so many of them and so close together you just don't get the chance.

Stow, do not tow    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Redcrest CA

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Their car is neatly stowed in their RV, above two motorcycles, and two bikes

All of us with motorhomes, and some with fifth wheel trailers, have to decide how to bring along a smaller vehicle to get around once our motorhome is parked. You don't want to drive a big rig to the grocery store or sightseeing! The choices are usually towing four down, as we do, towing on a tow dolly, or towing on a trailer. Craig and Ina Dietrich, of Ottawa, Ontario, came up with a different solution. They built from scratch a fifth wheel trailer designed using ideas from NASCAR car haulers! Their trailer has four slideouts, two bedrooms, and the other usual rooms, PLUS it carries a car, two motorcycles, two bikes, two adults, two kids, and two cats! And it is a pretty nice looking rig to boot!

A rainy, windy, winding drive down US 101    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 - Redcrest CA

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The awesome rocks and waves on the Oregon coast

A rainy, windy day along the Pacific coast in Oregon and northern California. We were on US 101 for almost all of the way between Port Orford OR and Redcrest CA. This road varies from a four-lane divided freeway to a narrow, winding two-lane road. We climbed some steep hills and went down the other sides at 6-7% grades. And all this time the wind was blowing and gusting, and trying to push us off the road, or at least into the other lane. We had periods with no rain, periods with heavy rain, and just about everything in between. I was almost constantly changing the settings on the windshield wipers from off to intermittent to on to fast on. And while on intermittent I had to constantly adjust the wiping rate. It sure kept me awake and on the ball!

Port Orford OR - how west you can go    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Port Orford OR

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The Heads at Port Orford extend into the Pacific Ocean

Port Orford OR is the westernmost incorporated place in the United States. While you can go further west to some unincorporated places on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, Port Orford can claim that distinction. It was named by Captain George Vancouver in honor of his friend George, the Earl of Orford. The first European settlers arrived in 1851, but the area had been settled long before by the Tututni peoples. Those first European settlers were met with attacks by the local people and had to leave and come back with large reinforcements in order to establish a presence on this land. From the start, Port Orford has served as an important shipping point for this part of the Oregon coast. Remember that when first settled Oregon was not  yet a state, but a Territory.

Cape Blanco lighthouse    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Cape Blanco OR

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The Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Imagine hauling pails of oil weighing about 20-25 pounds up a flight of stairs inside a 59-foot high lighthouse several times a day? That was only part of the duties of the lighthouse keepers at the Cape Blanco Light during the first decades of its existence. The light source was an oil lamp with five wicks and it was at first fueled with "pig oil", liquefied lard. The oil lamp consumed about ½ gallon of fuel per hour, so in twelve hours that meant hauling some 6-8 gallons up the stairs, 2½ gallons at a time. Later the fuel source was mineral oil, then kerosene, neither of which lessened the work load. The lighthouse crew consisted of two men out of a group of three to be on duty at all times when the light was operating. One was stationed at the top, the other did the up and down.

"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back"    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Port Orford OR

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Lifeboat 36498 was stationed at Port Orford

"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back" was sort of a tagline for the  men who served in the U.S. Life-Saving Service, formed in 1871. Their job was to respond to ships in distress and to first save people on board, and secondly, if possible, to salvage cargo. The station at Port Orford was opened in 1934 and was in operation until 1970. The Life-Saving Service later merged with the U.S. Coast Guard. The station at Port Orford handled three shipwrecks—in 1936, 1937, and 1941—without any loss of life. The Lifeboat Station was decommissioned in 1970 and then used by Oregon State University for marine research on, among other studies, fish genetics and the effects of salt and fresh water on salmon. Oregon State Parks acquired the station in 1976.