Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jacksonville Trip, August 8-10, 2017

The 50+ Travel Group from Vancouver, Washington met at Luepke Center (Marshall Center) about 7:30am.   We checked in and bags were loaded.  We departed by 8:00.  We had lunch at the Wild Duck (on our own) in Eugene.  I had berry pie with vanilla ice cream.  We went to the Wild Life Safari for an Elephant Encounter (money maker for WLS).  Our next stop was the Vortex House of Mystery at Sardine Creek at 5:00pm.  I was hot and miserable.  We checked into our hotel, Riverside Inn, and settled in our rooms.   I had upgraded my room to the top floor with a great view of the rainbow arch Caveman Bridge and the Rogue River.  We had dinner at nearby Tap Rock.  I had Ivars Clam Chowder and Caesar Salad.  I watched the last hour of "America's Got Talent".  
I was up early at 6:00am.  I had breakfast at the hotel.  I found a Benchmark on the Caveman Bridge and a geocache a bit farther along.  We departed for Jacksonville by 9:30am.  We took a Trolley ride.  I stood on back trolley platform so I could get some photos of benchmarks i.e. church steeples.  We had a narrated tour of this historical town.  "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid" was filmed here in 1972.  They removed modern traffic signs, the city streets were covered in dirt, wooden sidewalks added, and hitching posts added.  They constructed a new building filling in an open lot. We had lunch at the Jacksonville Inn.  I had warm crusty bread with butter, two small bowls of gazpacho soup and a crispy salad.  I had a scoop of vanilla ice cream at The Scoop Shoppe.
We returned to the Riverside Inn in time for the jetboat ride.  We were told to be at the loading area at 3:15 but the boats were not loaded until 4:30!   Dozens and dozens of people showed up to ride the boats.  I was hot and miserable so I left.  I got a great photo of the jetboat roaring down the Rogue River from my room balcony.  I had a lovely dinner at a window table with a view of the Caveman Bridge at the Tap Rock of BLT with avocado on focaccia bread, and house chips.  I took 1/2 of the sandwich and some chips back to my room to eat while watching "Master Chef".   I do not regret opting out of the jetboat trip.  I heard stories the next day of getting soaked and having to hang clothes over the hotel patio railing to dry, having to deal with wasps/bees during the family style dinner at the OK Corral and being berated by one of the group leaders on the return trip.
I rose at 6:00am.  Breakfast at the hotel by 7:00.  Both leaders walked up as I was checking out/paying for my upgraded room at the Front Desk.  They were absolutely livid!  Especially the short, plump one.  Evidently the charge also showed up on the City of Vancouver bill.  It wasn't so much that the City of Vancouver got charged but it was a Control issue.  I heard later that she was rude to some of the people on her van. 
I enjoyed sitting on the deck of my room.  I was reluctant to leave but it was soon time to head back to Vancouver.  Our first stop was the Butterfly Pavilion at Elkton.  I found the geocache.  I met some geocachers who knew me.  I got a ride with the fort interpreter on a cart down to the reproduction of Hudson's Bay Fort Umpqua along the Umpqua River.  The others had walked or ridden the van.  The fort was not built on the original location.  We rode to the small downtown where I had pizza and beer at a restaurant.  I found a geocache.  I got an ice cream bar.
We traveled to Eugene.  Most of the group took a tour of the Ninkasi brewery.  I sat in the shade at the patio and charged my IPhone.  We stopped at Euphoria Chocolates for samples and to purchase chocolates.  I wonder if the group leaders got a kickback?  We had dinner at Sam Bonds Garage.  A dreadful, hot place.  I got a large chocolate chip cookie as I was not that hungry.  We headed north with a rest stop at Pilot truck stop on the way.  I had planned to take the city bus however Carol Z. gave me a lift home.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


"The nature of survival is that stuff doesn't always go as planned. Survival is about making decisions, keeping going, keeping cheerful and coming up with a new plan when something doesn't work." Edward Michael Grylls, nicknamed Bear, (b. 1974), British adventurer, writer and television presenter.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rose Red, Geocaching name

My Geocaching name is Rose Red from the Brothers Grimm's story "Snow White and Rose Red".  Snow White was quiet and passive.  I'm not.

I grew up admiring strong girls and women: Jo from "Little Women", Jane Eyre, Mary Lennox of "Secret Garden", Caddie Woodlawn, and, of course, the original Nancy Drew.  In later years I admired Katherine Hepburn, Katherine Graham of The Washington Post, Princess Diana, Hillary Clinton (for being one classy lady and for being a thorn in Donald's side), and Senators Lisa Murkowski (R) and Susan Collins (R) for standing up for what is right.

While we are on the subject of girls and women that I have admired over the years, who are the boys and men both fictional and real that I have admired?  Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck of "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Frank Towns (James Stewart in "The Flight of the Phoenix"), and Charles Brubaker (James Brolin in "Capricorn One").   I also admire President Jimmy Carter, President Barack Obama, Senator Al Franken (smart, funny, honest), John Dean (Watergate), Frank Lloyd Wright (as Architect not his private life), Tom Hanks (American actor, "Sully" etc.), Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

The Rich are different from you and me...

"Let me tell you about the very rich.  They are different from you and me.  They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you are born rich, it is very difficult to understand.  They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves.  Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think they are better than we are.  They are different." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Kevin Bacon's New Kind of BLT Sandwiches

Kevin Bacon has invented New Kind of BLT Sandwiches: Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato; and Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Smoked Salmon, and Tomato.  Must try!

Poor Trump

"Do This! Do That! And Nothing Will Happen.  Poor Ike - it won't be a bit like the Army.  He will find it very frustrating."  - President Harry S Truman (1884-1972)  The same can be said for Donald Trump.  It won't be a bit like running your own business. 

Donald Trump

""In the immortal words of the villainous Ramsay Bolton on "Game of Thrones": "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention."" - Maureen Dowd