Seattle, Oregon coast and California
06.25.2013 - 10.15.2013
Seattle & Oregon
We traveled to the outskirts of Seattle and stayed a few days in the Black Diamond area to see our son Tom and wished him 'Happy Birthday'. We had a nice couple of days before heading to the Oregon coast and our first stop at Lincoln City, Oregon where we celebrated the 4th of July and did some lake fishing. Our next stop was to Newport, Oregon, a favorite town of ours where we stayed for 3 weeks and were able to really take in the area and get to know some folks.
Lincoln City, Oregon
One of the friendliest towns and packed with things to do, Newport is a fun place to visit. From the beautiful views of the coast to the working harbor and the freshest seafood, we ate and drank our way around town and even visited the oyster beds and of course Rogue Brewery. We plan to return for Brad's 50th (Sept. 2014) we had such a good time and the weather was a perfect 65 and sunny!
After such pleasant weather in coastal Oregon we were not prepared for the blast furnace heat of the central valley in Cali but we had doomed ourselves by making tattoo appointments for late July with our artists there. There was nothing to be done so we whined and sweat but were glad to see old friends and make some new ones,too.
We stayed in Nicolaus, CA (30 miles north of Sacramento) on Lake Minden where the mosquitoes were fierce and numerous but the bird watching was great and the nearest bar was just a half mile away. We quickly became regulars at the 'Nicolaus Tavern' where we were welcomed into the fold and would've spent more time there except that the hours were Thurs - Sun, 3PM - close and believe me, we couldn't wait til Thursday. There wasn't much else happening in the small town but they did host an excellent Labor Day parade and we had a full day of festivities including picnics and live music ending at Nicolaus Tavern of course. Mike the owner was such a friend by this time he even gave us a ride to the rig (saved us from being eaten alive by the mosquitoes)!
We moved up to 'Ponderosa Pines' in Coloma, CA in the Sierra Nevada foothills where gold was discovered in 1848 and camped on the American River. Another favorite campground as it is a beautiful setting and the river is perfect for tubing but not this trip as fresh tattoos and rivers don't mix. Still it was fun to watch the rafters and float tubes meander down the river. We did a day hike up to the John Marshall monument (where his likeness points to the spot where he first discovered gold) and around Sutter's Mill and the historic buildings that make up the John Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. And no stay would be complete without a few visits to the 'Coloma Club' saloon & dance hall, just a short walk from the campground.
Emigrant Gap, CA
Finally we made our way up to Emigrant Gap, CA for a stay at 'Snowflower' in the Sierra Nevada mountains (approx. 5500'). It was so peaceful in the giant pines and due to the fact that summer season was over. We hiked and biked and really enjoyed the solitude and the scenery. We made several day trips into Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee all three fun towns to visit. The nights were clear and cold but excellent for star gazing and pipe smoking and before we knew it the time had come to start heading south for the winter before the snow began flying.
On to So Cal for the winter!