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OREGON NIGHT LIGHT NECKLACE FOR CAUTIOUS SEA CAPTAINS, AND YOU

One picture doesn’t do the Oregon Night Light Necklace justice But here it is according to a State Park sign. Click the pics for full size. It’s a cool light house map on a big screen. Now imagine yourself on a wooden sailboat exploring another poorly mapped coast line. Another chance to crash on the […]

OREGON HISTORY, EXCITING AND DEADLY FROM THE BEGINNING

Don’t mistake real Oregon History for polite/academic Oregon History The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development. This is the sort of Oregon history you get from Wiki. It’s nice and […]

KEN KESEY, SOMETIMES A GREAT OREGON IN KERNVILLE

Kernville house for Ken Kesey’s Sometimes A Great Notion In some parts of America I balk at driving the back roads. I drive on, but carefully. Those roads show more about a shared history if you look hard enough. The Siletz Highway, OR 229 headed east off of 101 north of Depoe Bay, is one […]

DEVILS PUNCH BOWL HAM HOCK STIRS IN OREGON FLAVOR

From the top of Otter Crest Loop looking south to Devils Punch Bowl Newport lies further south, Depoe Bay a little north. Oregon tourists need to feel a part of the big show to get the most out of their trip. Climb a mountain. Run a Hood To Coast. Stand in the Devils Punch Bowl […]

OREGON COAST, EARTH SCIENCE, MO’S WEST ON DAY AFTER EARTH DAY

Oregon coast part of living planet until it drops on you Earth science is easier at the Oregon coast. See the sideways tree? They don’t grow sideways on purpose. Something happened. Less theory, more practical evidence. We departed early Sunday and drove North to Newport. The first site has exposures of the early Miocene Nye […]

WOODEN BOATS, EARTH DAY, DEPOE BAY, OREGON CRAB. AND BEER

What do you call fooling around with wooden boats? Fun. That’s what Ratty says: “There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or […]

HISTORIC MICHIE TAVERN IN VIRGINIA FOR LUNCH HISTORY

Did Thomas Jefferson have a favorite tavern? If he did, and he was a good neighbor, it would have been the Michie Tavern. Not far from his home, Monticello, Michie Tavern was right there at the bottom of the hill. Except it was moved from miles away, which doesn’t mean it wasn’t a favorite watering […]

SAVE OREGON, MOVE TO PORTLAND

Moving to Portland for the food and music? Or to save Oregon? It’s not Austin, Texas, but you’re heading the right direction. The Southwest here is a part of town, not part of the country. Food cart walk ups, innovative menus, and don’t forget the river. Without the Willamette River what would Portland be? It […]

HOW TO FIND PORTLAND AROUND YOUR TOWN

  Exhibit A: Lumbersexuals always find Portland A gen y or later man whom is trying desperately to be masculine by looking the part instead of being the part, eg, dressing up like a lumberjack. Did anyone notice the stage clothes of the grunge movement? Jeans, plaid flannel shirts. Same clothes, different context. But if […]

THE REAL WESTERN AMERICA OUT HERE IN OREGON

The real Western America isn’t Texas or California Readers around the world see the American west through movies. From John Wayne in his cowboy costume, to private eye Jack Nicholson in LA’s Chinatown, to policeman Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry franchise, they view the west through a distorted lens. Forget about the red rocks of Colorado, […]