Monday, October 20, 2008

OORREEGGOONN . . .

OK, OK already . . . I know it's been a long time since the last post and you're wondering if Oscar has been eaten by a bear or coyote. Nawww! He's been enjoying the beautiful state of Oregon. So much to show!

First of all, did you know Howard Hughes' wooden plane, the Spruce Goose, is in a museum in McMinnville, OR? The largest plane that ever flew . . . that's me, the tiny figure below the open door.

This area of the world has been recently discovered to be prime vineyard country . . . folks are buying up land left and right putting in grapes and making some very competitive wines. Oscar prefers the Pinot Noir. I told him he was too young to drink but he insisted that in dog years he was 28 years old . . .

Here are some photos we took as we traveled throughout this land of visual delights . . .

Oscar wasn't too sure about sitting on this high, steep overlook. He got over it when I promised him a "Greenie" treat. He felt a lot better when we went on down to the water's edge.
After seeing these fishing vessels, he kept begging me to trade in the Wonder Egg for a boat so he could become a sea captain and chase whales . . .That idea lasted until he discovered there were real LIONS that lived in the ocean! (sissy, foo-foo dog that he is) Here are a few sleeping on the docks. They lolled around snoring and making noises as the escaping air made their lips flap. Scary, Oscar . . . real scary . . .

I told him there was a real cool spot on the coast called "The Devil's Punch Bowl" that we just had to see. Oscar wasn't too sure he liked the sound of that, so I held him tightly and he wasn't too afraid of the crashing waves.He was doing OK until the devil sent a big one crashing ashore while Trisha held Oscar . . . that was enough for him!!!
To calm him down, we drove to Silver Falls State Park where you could view 10 different water falls over a 7 mile hike in the woods . . . it was just what Oscar needed to stop having bad dreams about the devil chasing him.

After saying goodbye to Oscar's new best friends, Trisha, Munueka, and Eddie, we headed on down highway 101 . . .
where we found a pirate's cove (Drat! Now, Oscar is saying "AARRGGHH" all the time!)

A bit further down the coast, we met Bob and Jacquie, from Manhattan Beach, CA. Jacquie took this great photo of Oscar & me at Arch Rock. Oscar's a bit sad because we're about to leave the Pacific coastline and he just doesn't see stuff like this on the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico . . .
But things soon picked up for him when we entered into California and I told him all about the REDWOODS!!! That little dog got so excited he started hyperventilating at the thought of the big trees of the redwood forest. Go figure . . .


5 comments:

mountainborn said...

Very, Very Cool ! Nice photos and commentary, topped off with a visit to the Spruce Goose !

Miss T and the little Black Ankle Biters said...

hehehe...Do I need to go get Oscar an eye patch? He certainly has the swagger down!

Anonymous said...

Pete,
Bob here of Bob and Jacquie. I've been reading about your trip..........very interesting and many good pics. About half way through and jumped ahead to Oregon. We are in Little River in Mendocino tonight and heading to Monterey tomorrow. My son told me today he is completing an application packet for the FBI. I mentioned I met you and your career with the Treasury. He was very interested in knowing more.........maybe iof you have the time someday................would appreciate it. If you make it to LA, make sure you call. My cell is 310-346-9938 and work is 310-218-2503....the Torrance Fire Dept..........anytime.
Drive careful....cruise well and hello to Ocscar
Bob Gebel

Jamie said...

Pete, loved the photos of Oregon - my second favorite state after Washington, of course! My sister and I have property in Bandon and your photos reminded me that it's time to get down there and check it out. Your photos (and commentary!) are the best!

The Underwoods said...

excellent pics Pete...