Week 30: Oct 27 – Nov 2, 2013 Magical Hoh Rain Forest, the Bowpicker, and Launching Gliders from Up High

2013-10-27 16.25.09 Point Flattery WA - northwestern most land in US

Point Flattery, furthest north and west point in the U.S.

 

 Getting to Point Flattery, the furthest north and west a person can be in the U.S., is a twisty, scenic drive, and very worth it. From a single vantage point we simultaneously see whales beginning their southerly migration, the Pacific Ocean, Canada, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca leading to Puget Sound. Driving home during sunset we experience vibrant orange bouncing off Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. Wow. 2013-10-27 15.54.11 Sherry and Bob hiking to Cape Flattery WA

 

   Late one night, I need to drive into town. On the way out the door, Sherry kids me, asking if I should take (Miss) Garmin GPS to find my way back. Of course I say no. Then, on the drive back, I miss our RV park. Police officer pulls me over for speeding 62 in a 45. He was chuckling as I explain to him that my wife recommended I take the GPS, told her I didn’t need it, lost my way back home, and was reluctant to use the Garmin GPS because my wife suggested I might need it. Pleasant surprise when he lets me off with a warning. Maybe it was the best story he’d heard that night?

2013-10-29 12.36.47 Sherry and Bob at Giant Spruce in Hoh Rain Forest WA

Sherry and Bob and The Giant Spruce in Hoh Rain Forest, WA

Sherry, Juan, and Maria at the Giant Spruce Tree in Hoh Rain Forest

Sherry, Juan, and Maria at the Giant Spruce Tree in Hoh Rain Forest

Walking thru the Hoh Rain Forest on the west side of Olympic National Park with all its hanging mosses, nurse trees, and strange growths makes this rain forest seemingly a magical adventure.

2013-10-31 12.41.33 The only 15 stripe flag in US history

The only 15 stripe flag in US history

Christine and Mike at Lewis and Clark

Christine and Mike at Lewis and Clark

 Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center outside Ilwaco, WA, is a terrific experience. The challenges Lewis and Clark faced during their 2 year adventure mapping a river path from St. Louis, MO, to the Pacific Ocean are truly inspirational. The Center displays the only U.S. 15 stripe/15 star flag the U.S. had before limiting the stripes on our flag to 13.

2013-11-01 15.17.46 Sherry at the Bowpicker in Astoria OR

Sherry at The Bowpicker in Astoria, OR

When you’re in Astoria, find the Bowpicker. They sell the best Fish and Chips. (Friend Susan told us about it.) The Bowpicker is this little red boat across from the Columbia Maritime Museum. When it’s open, there is a steady line of people waiting to get fish and chips. When their fish sells out, they go home.

 

2013-11-01 15.39.42 Astoria Column in Astoria OR

Astoria Column in Astoria, OR

2013-11-01 15.54.41 Bob launching plane atop Astoria Column in Astoria OR

Bob launching glider from atop Astoria Column, OR

What place these days encourages people to toss gliders from its top? Astoria Column! Incredible 360 degree

Sherry launching glider from atop Astoria Column in Astoria, OR

Sherry launching glider from atop Astoria Column in Astoria, OR

view of the Columbia River dividing Washington from Oregon. You’ll need to climb the 100+ stairs, but go for it.

Sherry and Bob atop Astoria Column in Astoria, OR

Sherry and Bob atop Astoria Column in Astoria, OR

I learn Oregon does not allow people to pump their own gas. $2,000 fine. Yikes. Fortunately I don’t get a ticket.

Bob after enjoying clam chowder at Mo's

Bob after enjoying clam chowder at Mo’s

 

Sherry on beach near Seaview, WA

Sherry on beach near Seaview, WA

The ocean waves are turbulent while we sit inside Mo’s enjoying the best clam chowder around. (Thank you again, Susan!)

Square dancing with the Hay Shakers in Seaside, OR

Square dancing with the Hay Shakers in Seaside, OR

We finish Saturday night by Square Dancing with the Hay Shakers in Seaside. Dale and Kathy, Jerry, Harlan, caller KC and his wife Linda. Fun group. Very good dancers. Busy, fun-filled week.

Tim and Jody at Cape Flattery

Tim and Jody at Cape Flattery

Other good folks we’ve met along the way include Tim and Jody at

Sherry and Robert, with an amazing testimony

Sherry and Robert, with an amazing testimony

Cape Flattery, and Robert, who was selling cranberries, and has quite the testimony about Jesus helping him stop drinking 13 years ago. It’s the people God keeps bringing into our lives  that is making this an amazing adventure.

 

 

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