Summer of Oysters! Part1
02.20.2014 - 07.17.2014
Oregon House, Nicolaus & Coloma, California
We headed to Lake of the Springs campground to do some early fishing at Collin's Lake and enjoy the scenery. The drought had greatly reduced the lake level so that we fished shore areas that had been under water. The fishing was slow and disappointing but we stuck it out and were rewarded with some tasty trout.
We moved to Nicolaus to visit our friends Tammey Joy and Richie Severson and made some new friends during our stay. We toured the Sutter Buttes and drove along the levees and met up with our friends (and the Steel Workers Bike Club) on their bike trip for lunch.
San Francisco Sunset District
Our daughter Loretta and her beau Jeremy moved back from Chicago and moved into the Sunset District so we flew our son Tom down from Seattle for a quick family reunion in San Francisco. Always great to see the kids!
Cloverdale, CA to Newport, Oregon
Heading north we traveled to Cloverdale to see our friends Jimmy & Glenn and enjoyed quick visit to Mendocino Brewing for a pint of Eye of the Hawk before hitting the road again. It had been awhile since we had traveled the wine country and then the redwoods, always breathtaking. Finallly to the coast of Oregon and a quick over nighter in Coos Bay and onto Newport, Oregon. It was great to leave the warm weather behind and embrace the coastal climate.
Our friend Julie from Hoovers Bar in Newport suggested that we try out the local fishing hole at Olalla Lake and we enjoyed bringing home some tasty trout. One of our favorite towns, Newport was our home for 3 weeks and we were able to further explore the area. We checked out the state parks and light houses, enjoyed the historic Nye Beach neighborhood and further north Depot Bay and the Devil's Punchbowl. And of course we made several trips out to Yaquina Bay Oyster farms for our first taste of oysters not to mention all the spectacular seafood eats around Newport. We saw our friends Jimmy and Glen again and raised a few glasses at Rogue Brewing, and I celebrated my 49th birthday with Brad at Waves Restaurant.
Nye Beach and Devil's Punchbowl, Depot Bay
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Next we headed up to Pacific City, a lovely town that we had not been to before. We really liked the campground with it's towering pines and pristine beaches, great hiking trails and friendly critters. We found Netarts Bay oyster farm and sampled their oysters, not our favorite but good nonetheless. Brad and I celebrated our 25th year of marriage with a picnic at the beach. We look forward to coming back next year.
We spent the 4th of July weekend at Lincoln City (2nd year in a row) which was fun but boy was that little campground packed! Had some good times at Snug Harbor Bar with the locals.
Seaside & Astoria
We were happy to head north again to the touristy town of Seaside where we had the pleasure of entertaining our son Tom and his girl Ally for a couple of days. We ate, drank and laughed and took in the sights, even climbing to the top of the Astoria Column to take in the views.
Brad and I also visited Ft. Stevens State Park to see the abandoned base that had been built during the Civil War at the mouth of the Colombia River to defend against the British. Later it was attacked by a Japanese submarine making Fort Stevens the only military installation in the continental United States to come under enemy fire in World War II.
As always, it was time to travel on and we were headed to Washington and the Olympic Peninsula.....continnued