Florence, Oregon xoxoxo
Aloha! The Oregon coast is sooo pretty. This time we were in a Hawaii-esque area with black lava and water spouts and thick, mossy pine forests overlooking the beige sand and driftwood beaches. Wow.
My “Cache Across America” cache was about 20 miles north of Florence, so we parked in town at Three Rivers casino. We had dinner at the buffet, which is now my favorite Indian buffet in Oregon, thinking we would go get my cache in the morning and continue on south. We spent a week there!
Our first day in Florence we packed up the dogs and took the Jeep up the coast to my cache. We geocached our way home, stopping at every wayside/ocean viewpoint for a cache. One of the stops was at a Spouting Horn but the tide was out and it was barely a sniffle.
I had been interested in seeing the Sea Lion Cave. The brochure said the lions are there “in the fall”. While I was getting the geocache just off the parking lot, Corny asked an employee if many seals were in the cave. He said “Not until December”. I’m glad he was honest - it is $12 each to see the cave. Gorgeous area though, and a nice view of Heceta Head lighthouse.
The next day Corny took the bikes and towbar off the back to see why they were slanting. Turns out the reciever is cracked. Luckily we discovered free wi-fi - Corny did a lot of research and made some phone calls and on Monday morning we were off to Eugene, OR to see about either welding the reciever or getting a whole new set up.
The day Corny was making phone calls, I went into town because I had seen two thrift stores very close to each other on the drive in. I got a replacement for the Corelle casserole dish I broke, a couple books, a couple music CDs, and a black blazer, all for about $20.
Somewhere in Utah I had seen a German woman get out of a car in jeans and a white T-shirt. She put on a blazer and viola! She was “dressed”. I’m going for that same thing here. I can wear my trashy T-shirts and geocaching clothes; pop on a light blazer and viola! I didn’t even wash it, I wore it right to the buffet. I love it! Don’t know how well it would work in Florida in August, though…
In our travels around Florence, we crossed an old art-deco bridge. I wanted to come back for pix:
^view from Suislaw River Bridge
Monday morning we headed to Eugene to look into getting the tow receiver repaired or replaced. I drove the Jeep and made a few geocaching stops along the way. The most charming was at Darlingtonia State Natural Site. They have a patch of rare pitcher plants (cobra lily) that just tickled me. When I read about it, being from Florida, I expected a few scattered 4” high plants. I walked into a clearing completely covered by 2’ high, comical, bulbous plants! I giggled for a couple minutes. It was the highlight of our visit to Florence for me.
^roadside wild rose in ivy
Life is Godd!