|deserted, foggy, late evening Oregon beach near Lincoln City|
Sunday afternoon, we headed back to St. Helens. Somewhere between Seattle and St. Helens, we stopped at an out of the way burger place to get something to eat. From the burger place, the traffic going toward Seattle was bumper to bumper. The waitress said it happens every Sunday afternoon.
Wouldn't ya know when we left the burger place, I made a wrong turn and ended up in the 5 mph, bumper to bumper line and no way to go but forward. Thankfully, like all our mistakes, it worked out just fine. We came to a cross road that took us back toward St. Helens. I'm not sure, but I think that traffic jam stretched all the way to Portland.
We checked in to the Best Western in St. Helens and crashed.
Monday, we took the Kia in for a wash. He had a few bugs but mostly just road grime from the on and off sprinkles. Cathie and Phil met us at the Fred Meyer store (awesome shopping. It's like Walmart but a little higher with better quality and fresh local produce) in Scapoose and led us to the Sweet Tomato Buffet in Portland where we met Dotti's brother Warren and his wife, Donna, along with some more cousins.
|Dotti and her brother, Warren. Despite how they appear in this picture, |
they both had a wonderful visit.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all these nice folks, mostly Oregonians. After having a meal at the Sweet Tomato, we moved to a park nearby for more visiting. At a picnic table under the tall healthy pine trees, we had dessert. It was amazing that the food was all uncovered but not one fly pestered us! That was so strange, I took a picture and posted it on Facebook.
Leaving the park, we went to Dotti's cousin, Karen and Dave's house near Portland. Beautiful, beautiful home in a urban/mountainous area with a great view.
There, we were treated to homemade Marionberry pie. It was splendid. And it was special because Dotti had asked for it months ago when we first started planning our trip.
Delicious! Scrumptious! I'd make that drive again for another piece of Marionberry pie!
I would have enjoyed talking to Dave. He was a Forest Ranger in Oregon, but there were too many people who hadn't seen each other in a while, all wanting to visit, so the opportunity never presented itself.
After leaving, Karen and Dave's, we drove to Warren and Donna's house near Otis, Oregon. Otis is one corner with a cafe on one side and a gas station on the other. We loved this sign saying "Welcome to downtown Otis." Someone has a great sense of humor. When we first started planning this trip, I googled "Otis, Oregon" and this cafe is what shows up.
|Dotti, on the right, Donna on the left and Warren in the middle|
Donna and Warren have a beautiful home on the banks of a stream, which, he told me, has flooded up over his raised deck in back. It gets kind of scary at times.
But on a regular day, it's beautiful and peaceful.
Warren's wife, Donna, is an elder in the Native American Tribe, Siletz.
She made the tribal hat she's wearing in this picture. I thought I got a close-up of the tiny shells it's covered in, but apparently, I didn't. They are "dentalium shells" which are about a half inch long tube. Each one is hand sewn onto the hat individually. Tedious work!
The Siletz Tribe has a casino in Lincoln City. Donna and Warren invited us to breakfast at the Casino tomorrow morning, so we headed out to see the coast before dark.
Being an "elder" in the Siletz tribe has advantages, one of which is not having to stand in line to eat at the casino. We by-passed a long string of folks waiting to be seated at the Chinook Winds Casino breakfast buffet. It reminded me of the school lunch line when you wanted to stay with your friends and someone says, "Hey ! No Cuts!"
The food was excellent, though and we visited for another while before Dotti and I set out to see the sights. Donna invited us to come to their house for breakfast the next morning.
The picture at the top is one of my first glimpses of the main thing I came to Oregon to see -- the beautiful, turbulent rocky coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The picture below came at the next "scenic turnout". It is a classic picture of the Oregon coast with the "sea stacks".
These sea stacks are small compared to the ones I found the next day. It's interesting that these things closely resemble the big rocks like Rooster Rock found further in land.
After driving several miles down the coast, we found a Motel 6 in Lincoln City. Thank goodness, this one has an elevator!