Portand to the Coast-5

Just driving along to the coast after two night in FABULOUS Portland where if you don’t like coffee houses, book stores, or tatoo’d girls with spikes on their belt, don’t bother. I can’t wait to return! And there on the highway to Lincoln City is an Aviation Museum. Of course, I pull into the drive and notice the vineyard outside is called Spruce Goose Vineyards. “No way this is the Spruce Goose”, I hollar in anticipation that it might be. It is and oh my oh my. The largest airplane in the world made of plywood and I’m eventually paying 50 bucks to get to sit in the pilots seat. Howard Hughes had vision and money, but this project at least ends up in a museum where ordinary people can see what can happen when too much vision and money collide.

We stopped for the night at the wonderful seaport town of Newport, Oregon. Dinner at April’s was delicious and then we went to the Rogue Bar on the harbor for beers with the fishermen that have all docked their commercial craft securely in port in anticipation for rough weather. Justin, and young guy said his best 4 months of fishing made him over 100,000 dollars. The guys compared numbers of pots and pounds of crabs over Rogue brewed beers. Weather reports call for hurricane force winds starting Sunday.

This morning, we drove in driving rain and powerfully strong gusts along 101 down the coast. Gusts must have been hurrican force on occasion. The ocean is powerful when winds blow that hard and the waves pound into the rocks. ‘White with foam’ today for sure.

We’re hold up in a Holiday Inn in Ukiah, California, and tomorrow to Napa on the way to Stockton to check on the Mooney!