Searching for the Trees of Mystery
Part II. Down the Pacific Coast Highway
Highway 101 winds down the coasts of Washington State, Oregon and California. We picked it up in Tillamook, Oregon
and took it south, stopping every 15 minutes to jump out of the car and run down to the ocean. This is not the fastest way to get to Los Angeles. If you ever get out to this part of America, take some of the byways off 101. They are crooked, wind along the beaches and thru forests and are really scenic.
Late in the day, we stopped at Sea Lion Caves.
Inside, it's like so many other tourist places with a ticket counter and
the attraction behind a door. In this case, behind the door are stairs
going down to a ledge where you can gaze across the water and see seals
living in the hollows of rocks much like the ones above. I had stopped
here in '86 and took my kids in to see the sea lions. This time, I only
dropped by the gift shop.
This dome cost 50 cents making Sea Lion Caves home to the cheapest snowdome in America. Granted, it's not a classic, but they got the color right and the sign inside says Oregon!
|The next day included more driving
down 101. We stopped and tromped through sand dunes and stuck our feet
in the ocean
like everyone else. Our big money stop was at Newport, Oregon to see the historic waterfront. Here I met my pirate friends again. These guys have decorated domes in Nags Head, North Carolina and Duluth, Minnesota.
What do you think of the carrots in the middle
dome? It reminds me of the AT&T telephone, but there were no markings
Another reason to stop in Newport is the
Aquarium. Their top attraction is a coastal waters exhibit with a tank
On to the Trees of Mystery