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We got there a little before 6 and the lot had a few cars already. Because of the holiday the turn out was light.  It was in the 90s also.  Here are a few of the cars that showed up.  It is the first Saturday of every month at the Church of the Open Door in Bellmead, TX if you’d like to come out.

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The afternoon of our last day of vacation in the Northwest was spend in downtown Seattle.  We finally found a place to park and walked into Pike’s Market.

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Back entrance to Pike’s Market.

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Gum stuck on the back wall of the Market Theater.

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 The story goes that it had its beginnings in the early 1990s when theatre patrons waiting in line to buy tickets or attend the theater began placing their gum on the wall.  It is an active site that continues to grow in height and width as tourists add their gum to the collection already there.

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Bank outside the market playing for donations.

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Nice old International truck.

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50 ft. Totem pole designed by Victor Steinbrueck and carved by James Bender in 1984.

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One side of the “Farmer’s Pole” designed by Victor Steinbrueck and carved by James Bender in 1984.

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200 Foot Ferris wheel over on Pier 57.  Operates year round.

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Victor Steinbrueck Park next to Pike’s Market.

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Victor Steinbrueck Park next to Pike’s Market.

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Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking Elliott Bay waterfront. The Market opened in 1907, and is one
of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.

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“Hammering Man” by  Jonathan Borofsky
A massive human shadow in front of the Art Center

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The Totem Pole first appeared in Seattle 1899, after members of the Chamber of Commerce, vacationing in Alaska, stole it from Tlingit Indians.   In 1938, vandals set the Totem Pole on fire.  The pieces that remained after  were sent back to Alaska, where Tlingit craftsmen graciously carved a reproduction. The new pole was soon dedicated, with tribal blessings, at a Potlatch celebration and has since remained unharmed on Pioneer Square.

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The bronze Chief Seattle fountain, is located at Pioneer Square near the totem.  It was designed by James Wehn in 1909.  Chief Seattle led the Suquamish and Duwamish  tribes in the 1800’s.  The city of Seattle was named after him.

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Behind the fountain is a cast iron archway with a glass roof.  In 1909 an iron pergola was built as a shelter over an underground restroom.  In 2001, the Pergola was demolished by a tractor-trailer attempting to make a tight right turn, after which it was rebuilt from scratch as cast iron breaks and shatters instead of bending. 

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The Pioneer Building in historic Pioneer Square is a beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque style building designed by Elmer Fisher.
It has very ornate stonework about and above the main entrance.

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Orca” by James Crespinel
A breaching whale dresses up a factory building in downtown Seattle.

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Billie the Piggy Bank, arrived in the Market in 2011 and sits on Western Avenue at the bottom of the Hillclimb. Coins dropped in Billie support the Market’s food bank, senior center, preschool and medical clinic that serve the downtown community.

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The Smith Tower opened on July 4, 1914. At the time, it was the fourth tallest building in the world. It remained the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for almost 50 years.

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Unfortunately, although its website said it was open, it was not.  We didn’t get to go up in it as planned.

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We were passing through Burlington, WA on our way to Sedro-Wooley.  We saw the old cars lined up and had to stop and take a look around.  Hope you enjoy looking at this small sample of what we saw.

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After hiking at Mt St Helens and visiting the Observatory we headed north.  We stopped at the Monarch Sculpture Garden to look around. Monarch Sculpture Park features over 100 different sculptures in an outdoor setting. The park is run by a non-profit artist’s cooperative. While there is no entry fee, donations are appreciated (and needed). The area is a little overgrown and a couple sections were closed completely because of the need for mowing/tree trimming).

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Pick Up Sticks” by Myrna Orsini

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One of the displays in the “Sound Garden” by Myrna Orsini

There is a collection of sculptures, all meant to be hit with mallets or hands in order to make sound.

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After completing a 10K hike at Cold Lake/Hummocks we drove on up to the observatory. Of course there was a great overlook we had to stop at on the way by.

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This is a National Volcanic Monument not a National Park per se, but our National Park Pass got us in.

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We climbed the trail above the observatory for a short distance to get this view.

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Looking back down at the observatory.

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We were waiting to see the movie so I enjoyed the exhibits.  Saw Smokey and took his picture, but he was against a bright sky and didn’t come out well.

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The movie was great.  If you are up that way, stop in and watch it.

After completing a 11K hike in Eugene with the AVA Walking Convention we headed west to Florence to pick up Hwy 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) to drive to our next walking event.

Our first stop was at the overlook for Heceta Head.  My camera doesn’t do justice to the views!

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We next stopped at Siuslaw Beach.  This is a day use area which provides nice access to the beach.  A short, paved walkway from the parking lot to a set of concrete stairs, leads to the beach. 

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Our next stop was at Cook’s Chasm.  It was a disappointment because the tide was out.  Not much action.  See the sign board picture to see what it could have looked like if the tide had been in.

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We stopped in Waldport to take a picture of the bridge.  This bridge was built in 1991, replacing an original Conde McCullough-designed span dating to 1936.  It crosses Alsea Bay.

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Soon after we passed a carving work shop in Seal Rock.  I did a separate post for it.  But here is the sign that caught our attention. Carvers Work Shop

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Our next stop was for the bridge (built in 1936) as you enter Newport.

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Our next stop was at Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  It was reported to be open on the internet but it was closed by the time we got there.  This is the tallest (93 feet) lighthouse on the Oregon coast.  It is still in use today but it is automated so there is no “keeper”.  The light can be seen 22 miles out at sea.  I was amazed at the birds covering the nearby rocks. 

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Those are not sea gulls.

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We went back into Newport to check out the smaller (and older) Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.  It was built in 1871 and  the larger one was built in 1873.  There was another view of the Newport bridge from here.

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We headed back to the old bay front district to check out the shops and saw lots of neat murals.

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We spent the night in Newport and headed over to Lincoln City for our next Convention Volksmarching Event.  On the way we stopped at the Devil’s Punchbowl.  Once again the tide was out.  No punch, just a sandy bottomed bowl.

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We next stopped at Otter’s Crest.  It is no longer on the official Hwy 101.  You have to get off and go west to visit it.  The visitor’s center wasn’t open.  Nice views.  Note the men in the boat out in the ocean.

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We next stopped at Rocky Creek to view the bridge that was completed in 1927.  This bridge is dedicated to Ben Jones, who introduced legislation in 1919 calling for the construction of the Oregon Coast Highway.  He died before this bridge was completed.

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One last stop before doing the Lincoln City Volksmarch was at Depoe Bay.  There isn’t a good view of the harbor from Hwy 101.  This is where the “fishing boat” action from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed.

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As we were leaving we spotted this whale and stopped to take its picture.  While I was taking a picture of ocean Carol noticed the whale spouted water so we waited to catch a shot of that.

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After the walk we looked around Lincoln City.  Here is what we found.

Soccer eating head.

Soccer eating head.

Abe Lincoln riding a horse.

Abe Lincoln riding a horse.

Taft historical district.

Taft historical district.

A dragon.

A dragon.

A pretty Church

A pretty Church

Joe the Sealion

Joe the Sea Lion

And Lil Sambo's Restaurant where we stopped to eat lunch before heading into Salem.

And Lil Sambo’s Restaurant where we stopped to eat lunch before heading into Salem.

After completing a 13K hike to see all the falls at Silver Falls State Park we headed out to be tourists.  We drove Old Hwy 30 up the Columbia River Gorge.  Our first stop was the Vista House overlook (formal title is Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint at Chanticleer Point, Oregon). DSCF2581 DSCF2583

We continued on Hwy 30 to Crown Point to visit the Vista House.  It was built in 1918 as a rest stop for travelers. 

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We stopped here to view Latourell Falls.  Latourell Falls Bridge is a concrete bridge built in 1914.  You can not see the falls from the bridge.

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We strolled down from the parking area to see the falls which plunge 249 feet.

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A closer view of Latoureel Falls with the lichen growing on the rock.

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We continued up the gorge on Hwy 30 and soon we reached Wahkeena Falls.   

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We continued on and in less than a quarter mile we reached our destination.  Here is our first view of Multnomah Falls.

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Closer view with the bridge and Carol.

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That is us in the middle of the bridge you can tell by Carol’s shirt.

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Another shot of the beautiful bridge.

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Leaving there we passed by Horsetail Falls and stopped to look.

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On our way back out of the gorge we swung by to see the post office at Bridal Falls, OR.  The Bridal Veil Post Office (est. 1887) is one of the smallest free-standing Post Office buildings in the United States, at only 10 feet by 14 feet. Its closet-size lobby has 60 post office boxes.

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