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Ecola Panorama
Click to see What's New at RVeCafe December 16, 2005: Today we hiked much of Ecola State Park. Each of these photos are panoramas. Click the photo to see the larger view and be able to scroll from one end of the view to the other. If you get a magnifying glass with a (+), click the photo to see the actually size of the photo. This was a cool but clear day with temperatures in the mid-forties. The hiking was worth the trouble. Lewis and Clark actually took this same hike in the search of a beached whale and had much to say about the steepness of Tillamook Head which they (and we) can to climb to get these views. Tillamook Rock Light House
  Clatsop Loop Hike

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is one mile from shore and was built in 1881. I can't imagine how it was done.

Gwen and I hiked the Clatsop Loop Trail which was a little less than 3 miles but some good climbing to the top of Tillamook Head. It is dark enough in the photo to the left that Morgan appears as a blur during the long exposure time. The trees in this area are no older than germination in 1615 due to some geologic event about that time which caused all vegetation to begin again in the late 17th century.

Several of the giant Sitca Spruce trees had grooves cut just below the level of saw cut where beams where wedged for the lumbermen to stand while cutting. The Sitca Spruce is the dominate tree in this forest. Ecola State Park is known as Oregon's "rainforest".

The hikers camp is the only area in the park to allow camping. The camp would require the camper to backpack to these cabins for an overnight stay.

Atop a giant Sitca Spruce stump
Toward Cannon Beach and Hay Stack Rock Hikers Camp
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

Each cabin had four bunks large enough for two sleepers per bunk.

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is a bit more than one mile from shore. The history of this lighthouse is incredible to read.

Although this has already been a long day, we were able to view the second

to last performance of Annie at the local Cannon Beach Coaster Theatre Playhouse. It is always fun to get to participate as viewers in local events. There were many actors in this play and many had to play more Caoster Theatre Playhouse
  Annie and Sandy than one part switching costumes quickly for the next scene. All the actors were local talent (local from Astoria to Tillamook). Annie did a great job as did all the actors. Mrs. Hennigan played a good "villain" and we were truly routing for Annie to get to stay with "Daddy Warbucks" and were relieved when the story had a happy ending. Even President FDR had to play a part to be sure Annie got with the right family. One more night and Annie will end. It has probably been exhausting for the young "orphans" ... now they can enjoy Christmas.
Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
December 17, 2005: Today was to be a day for window shopping. Cannon Beach is certainly a town for high-end gifts for the home, especially anything having to do with art or crafts. We visited several shops before choosing to do a little more exploring of the beaches and hills that surround them. The photo to the right is Dragon Fire Gallery
Haystack Rock from the south the Dragon Fire Gallery. Gwen and I spotted several items that we liked but were out of our price range.
Here is another of those photos to click on, then view the larger image. Manzanita
Sinking sun on Manzanita Beach This is the community of Manzanita which is only 14 miles south of Cannon Beach. The area impressed me the same as Cannon Beach. It is a resort community with a healthy tourist shopping area and many homes that are probably second beach homes for those living in metropolitan areas of Oregon. The beach is flat and seven miles long so very nice for long walks. Between the two communities, I would lean toward Manzanita because it seemed less crowded yet compact and self contained with tourist shopping as well as several small grocery stores. It looked like a very nice place to be on a warm spring or summer afternoon with several coffee shops and areas to enjoy the cup. Since Gwen and I are here on a clear, cold, windy, winter day, we chose not to do much hiking on the beach but did more shopping in two attractive stores. This time Gwen actually bought something in both stores. Something else we have noticed, it that both communities of Cannon Beach and Manzanita have stores which do not have items on sale. Apparently their clientele don't need a sale as an incentive to buy.
Shopping in Cannon Beach
December 18, 2005: Today was a day for Dale to cook breakfast, do laundry and vacuum while Gwen enjoyed watching some NFL football (what a good guy Dale is). However, after all the chores, we went shopping downtown Cannon Beach. The above photo is where I "shopped" while Gwen is across the street visiting the many gift shops. You don't have to guess what I'm doing ... being sinful.
Lonely Sea Gull on the Cannon Beach Coastline
A storm is approaching from the south. There are already reports of ice-storms further inland and to the south. I'm not expecting any ice along the coast. Storm approching from the south
Downtown Cannon Beach
Dale's Choice, Rainbow Triple Spinner So Gwen and I are not usually good about buying things while shopping, it's too difficult for us to part with our money. But, we both bought ourselves something to bring home. Can you guess who bought the "triple spinner" and who
bought the books? Pass your mouse pointer through the triple spinner for another view. Tomorrow should be fun, an 80% chance of rain (it's already raining and windy) as I type this. So, I'll have Gwen take some photos of me in my rain suit trying to break camp for our next move. Gwen's Choice, books
Satellite Dish take down in the rain December 19, 2005: Today was a travel day. We have left Cannon Beach to drive south toward Tillamook and beyond. We stopped to check on Nehalem Bay State Park and Barview County Park. Nehalem Bay State park would be very nice but Barview County Park would not be a place to stay. We also stopped at Fred Meyer in Tillamook for fuel and groceries then drove on to Pacific City because the Cape Kiwanda RV park was well rated. Since it has been raining all day ... I put on my rain gear for take down and setup of the satellite Internet system.
We had expected more from Cape Kiwanda RV Resort. It is just across the street from the main beach at Pacific City where Haystack Rock (yes, another Haystack Rock) sits just beyond the edge of the beach. If you pass your mouse pointer through the photo to the right, you'll see Haystack Rock just behind and over our truck windshield. Parked at Cape Kiwanda RV Resort
After the beautiful site in Cannon Beach, we were expecting something similar here but instead, we are parked on gravel, no grassy areas, the space is small and they closed the pool/spa area at 6pm so we were not able to use it. As a "final slap", the 30 amp breaker on their post seems to be weak, it continues to "snap" if we don't watch what we turn on. The breakers at all previous parks never snapped. As you can see, I did not even disconnect our trailer, figuring we would just move on to Lincoln City today. Are we getting spoiled? George would just be shaking his head at us.
Reaching the view of Cape Kiwanda
A stormy stroll on Pacific City Beach December 20, 2005: This was a stormy morning at Pacific City but we still took a short hike to see the north side of Cape Kiwanda. Most of the cape is blocked to hikers by a wire-cable fence which is easily crossed but we
chose to stay on the safe side of the fence. The surf was very high with good wind and occasionally hard rain. In the above photo you can see Haystack Rock with a "handle" on the right side making it look like part of a tea kettle. Haystack Rock also appears just above the tip of Cape Kiwanda in the right photo. The climb to the view was steep but short up a sandy mound. We just followed the tracks of a few other hikers. The view of north Cape Kiwanda
Devil's Lake State Park After traveling only twenty miles, we arrived in Lincoln City where we found a beautiful
campsite we liked much better than the RV resort site in Pacific City. Devil's Lake State Park is located in the center of Lincoln City. There are two host campers but no others, although several sites were reserved for the evening. It was the same at Fort Stevens State Park, few campers. This is swell with us, you can see in the photo below that we have the whole campground for Morgan to run and play. Yes, it is wet from the storm but we were lucky enough to find a site where the water was draining off site and still get a clear sky view at 116 degrees for our satellite dish right outside our office window to the right. It is sometimes tough View from the office window
An empty campground

to find a campsite in state parks with a break in the trees at just the right angle. This site was only $18/night and includes cable TV. I've not stayed in a state park before which offered cable TV.

  Time for Propane

December 21, 2005: So what does a traveler do in Lincoln City when it is stormy? Chores come first so I removed and refilled one of the propane tanks. It took a week to burn $21 in propane.. about the same as Howard Prairie Resort in April and May. Most of this fuel went to heating the trailer in Tualatin and Fort Stevens. The low temperatures lately have made it easy to keep the trailer warm with just our little electric heaters.

Next was a visit to the drive through coffee house. This coffee drive-through is


only about 1/4 mile from our campsite and easy to drive in and out. That morning latte is so good even when made with decaf.

The Tanger Outlet Mall in Lincoln City is the only one in Oregon (only Tanger Mall). There are many shops to browse so Gwen and I spent a major part of this stormy day walking from shop to shop. But did we buy anything? Well, Gwen came close to buying a nice London Fog jacket but decided to wait until

Time for a coffee treat
Shopping at Tanger Outlet Stores
The wet view outside the back window of the trailer

tomorrow to decide for sure. So... No, we didn't buy anything. I would have bought some waterproof shoes at the Bass Outlet store but they did not have my size.

The photo to the left is what we see when looking out our back trailer window. No other campers and

lot's of space for Morgan to run. Hopefully she won't get caught off leash because that could mean a $77 fine and ejection from the park (I just read the rules, although ejection from the park would mean NO campers in the park). Finally, an afternoon matinee sounded good during the storm so we saw "Dick and Jane" ... it was cute. An afternoon matinee
  Hike to Devil's Lake December 22, 2005: This stormy morning began with a hike to Devil's Lake for Morgan and myself. The edge of the lake was probably only one-half mile from our campsite but this was a walk that Morgan has been looking forward to. When no-one was looking, I let her off leash and she would run toward the lake in the grass on the south side of the path then return
Devil's Lake
Lakeside Cottages

running on the north grass. This is a nice size lake for kayaking or for water skiing if you don't mind skiing in a large circle. Of course, there was no activity on the lake today except wind waves and sea gulls.

Tsunami Evacuation signs are posted everywhere in the coastal cities. The instructions are to follow the evacuation signs on-foot immediately if you feel an earthquake, don't wait for any offical warning signal. If the Tsunami threat is from a distant source, a siren will sound for 3 minutes. Evacuation should begin immediately but I assume the threat would not be immediate and you could risk taking a car. The reason for "foot evacuation" is that traffic congestion is expected.

The bronze statue of Abe

Abe Lincoln in 1850
Ace is the Place!

Lincoln in the above photo was donated to the Lincoln City by a local artist in 1965. It is impressive standing about 12 feet tall.

"Ace is the Place". I like shopping at well organized Ace Hardware

First use of the new vacuum stores. As it turns out they had two items on sale which we have been shopping for. The little ceramic heater is to replace one that has been damaged. We have two 1,500 watt ceramic heaters and they do a good job of keeping the trailer at 20 degrees warmer than the outside air. So, when it's 50 outside, these little heaters will keep the trailer at a comfortable 70. It was 57 degrees outside today, so no problem heating the trailer and we don't need to use our propane. The bagless dirt cylinder is nearly full from our first try. You can just make out the filter at the top of the cylinder. Vacuum and heater
Chinook Winds Casino
Our next visit was to the Chinook Winds Casino located in Lincoln City. This is a very attractive casino but smells like an ash tray as they all do. I made Gwen keep her money in the truck so we came out even ... neither of us spent a penny here. Chinook Winds Game Room
Indoor Miniature Golf Instead, we went to an indoor miniature golf building. This seemed like the right thing to do for stormy indoor entertainment and we felt we would be well ahead if we spent $4 on miniature golf than on gambling. This way, our entertainment only cost $8.
We couldn't pass up the pinball machines, especially when one of them had half of the face of the California Governor Arnold peering at the player. Gwen beat me at miniature golf and also scored more pinball points. I did my best to cheat but Gwen would always catch me. End the day with pin ball
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