Friday, July 3, 2020

Cruising to the coast in a cage

Beverly, our daughter Kaybi along with her children Luke and Kimber and I decide to take a trip to the coast....actually we were going to Oro Valley, Arizona but a wildfire there changed our plans. Kaybi's hubby, Michael would have gone with us but he is busy serving his country in the sand box. the coast we went.

Our coast lodging called us when we were about halfway to Pendleton and informed us that they had water problems and we could not be admitted until Tuesday (one day behind schedule) no biggie, we stayed an extra day in Pendleton and had a good time.

We walked across town to do some site-seeing...

While in Pendleton, we took the "Underground tour" there and learned a lot about the early days in this interesting town.
We walked through an underground bar, meat shop, jail, ice cream shop, opium den, speakeasy and more. 
Then the tour went into the towns most famous bordello. We also walked through that fine establishment.  
The Madam there, Stella Darby (1928 - 1967).......
........who was quite a philanthropist and not only took good care of her employees, but did many fine deeds for the poorer folk in the town. For example, during an economic hard time, she bought meat and using her car transported it to town and gave it to those who could not afford such luxury every Friday for three years, never missing a single Friday.

After the tour Luke and I enjoyed a gelato shake...

Then we finally made it to the coast.

 Kimber thought the swans looked fun so we went into the water...I chose a kayak.

A few minutes before we rent our boats, this family hurries back to the dock with a sinking peddle boat....they made it before sinking - Barely!
Lucky for us we had no such problems.

On Saturday we started for home, but we still have some site-seeing to do - we had planned on the way home to stop at the Evergreen Aerospace Museum 2 hours away from our condo, and we arrived just at opening time.

Luke and Kimber take the simulator for a ride...

Then Poppy decides he needs a turn....

Take off....

Start of barrel roll...

Middle of barrel roll....

And, well..... after the barrel rolls, I tried a loop - but I was too low and going to fast so I crashed.
Luckily Luke and I walked away from us hitting the ground at over 1200 mph!  :) Whew!!

Another highlight at this museum is Howard Hughes'  Spruce Goose!
We all oohed and ahhhhed over the Spruce Goose for a good long while.
Luke and Kimber in a F-111 cockpit.

And Luke checking out a Vietnam war era chopper.

After the Evergreen Aerospace Museum we continued on to Bend, Oregon to overnight.
The next day was a loooong day in the car. But we finally made it home happy, TIRED and feeling blessed to have such a fun week in this beautiful U.S.A.


RichardM said...

We were in Pendleton for a month about a month ago and will be in Seaside for a couple of weeks in a couple of weeks. I passed on the ride at Evergreen but really enjoyed visiting. Since they allow free overnight RV parking, I’ve stopped there often. Is the Ural still on display?

Ken said...

Richard - The simulator is expensive, I would have gone a few more times had it been a bit cheaper. I didn't see a Ural, they have also had a Ford Tri-moto in the past that wasn't there this time.