Thursday, September 20, 2018

9/18 Maryhill Art Museum

I was here about 15 years ago, but decided it was worth a second trip.  This art museum was built as a home in 1907 but was never lived in.  It is prominently situated on the north side of the Columbia River on a high bluff overlooking the river.  Even if you do not like art, it is worth a trip here to just look at the river from this height.  The first photo is looking east along the river and the second looks west.


 Lewis and Clark passed here and recorded it in their journals.




 And the diagonal road on the opposite side of the river is a section of the Oregon Trail!


This is the museum itself.  





Strangely, the owner of the home, Sam Hill, was a friend of Marie, who was the Queen of Romania and a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria!  She traveled widely and came here for the 1926 dedication of the museum. This entrance floor room is filled with things she owned and donated.  




Who would think that on an isolated bluff along the Columbia River, you could find a gown worn at the coronation of the Tsar of Russia and King Edward VII of England? The angle of this photo is not ideal, but there were a lot of reflections from windows, so it was the best I could do. The train must have been 20' long.



Wedding gifts to then Princess Marie. 


 Some items made by Faberge that belonged to Queen Marie.


A replica of her crown.  The original was destroyed so she commissioned this one in gilt silver instead of gold, like the original. 

And this is a locket given to her for her first birthday by Queen Victoria of Great Britain. 

And in the basement is a collection of works by Rodin, who also was a friend of Sam Hill. 



There is also an Northwest Indian collection. I took only a few photos of things I found interesting. 




 




These "woven bottles" were made for sale to tourists, but I was impressed with the fineness of the work.


And these baskets were only about 4" wide, so the weaving is very fine on these also. 

 Some Eskimo masks and baskets.

This is a waterproof jacket made from seal intestines. 

And a bow drill.

 These are desert Indian items.

I have a very small image similar to this one. It is a storyteller, and can be identified by all the children who have climbed on the person to hear the stories!  

I thought this war club from California was interesting. 

 Headed back to my motorhome.  There are several very pleasant benches to sit on, so I took advantage of one and made a phone call, as the service was good up here.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

9/13 Multnomah Falls, Columbia Gorge, OR

I had driven past here twice before in August, but I decided at the time that it was too hot and there were too many people traveling then to bother stopping.  So, here in cooler and less busy September, I am back and this time, I stopped.

There is a large parking lot in the median of I-84, which is the major freeway that follows the south shore of the Columbia River in Oregon.  You go underneath the eastbound side of the freeway and then underneath a railroad bridge.
 



This is an old bridge.  Check out the closer view of the sign below.


I was pleasantly surprised to see this visitor center and restaurant.  Way back when, before the freeway was built, the road ran directly in front of this building.  The old road is now closed and the parking lot used only by employees. 



 There are actually two falls here.  The taller upper falls dumps into a large pool, which then overflows and produces the lower falls.  I did not hike up to the bridge, but a sign said that a bridal party was once standing on the bridge having their pictures taken when a chunk of rock the size of a large bus fell off the cliff into the pool, creating an enormous splash that soaked everyone.

A closer view of the lower falls.

 This whole area is part of the national scenic area. There have been a lot of fires in this area in the last few years.


In fact, the big fire from last year came up very close to the falls, as you can see from this photo. 
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/8 Bandon, OR, Cranberry Festival

I came here because I like Bandon and the nearby Bullard's Beach State Park, not because of the cranberry festival.  However, when I ordered some bakery good to pick up and freeze on Saturday, I found out about the festival.  That presented problems because the main part of the old town would be blocked off ,and I would need to park a long way away and ride my bike.  That actually worked out fairly well.  I found a place to park along a quiet street, got my bike off the back, and off I went.


I intercepted the local parade and had to ride alongside it.  Lot of space, but danger in riding along a parade is that you get hit with a lot of candy!  It seems like everyone riding on a float or walking alongside had a bucket of candy.  Lot of the kids watching the parade also had buckets to store what they picked up.

The high school, local clubs, and a lot of local businesses participated, so for a very small town, it was a very long parade.  I took a shortcut down to the old town area.  

However, the parade took a left a block further along and then went down the hill and through the old town area, so I got to see the front part of the parade.  This is the high school band.  Sorry for the lens cover in the right corner--it sometimes sticks. 

The old town area is along the harbor and is filled with tourist things like shops and restaurants. 

This is my favorite street of the two main streets in old town because it has a great bakery at the end.  And a very nice bookstore which carries a lot of little things you can use for stocking stuffers. 


 The building at the end is the farmer's market.  Lots of handmade crafts and vegetables and such.  I bought some prune plums and tomatoes.

This is the parking lot where I usually park my motorhome when I come here, but it was filled with another group of stalls.  It normally has four or five longer parking spots designated specifically for RVs.  

The harbor has a boat launching platform and lots of places to tie up boats.  There are a row of restaurants and fishing supply shops near here where you can buy or rent crab pots.  The other day I had bought a cup of excellent clam chowder, so picked up a whole quart on my way to where I had locked my bike.  Will refrigerate or freeze it. 

The harbor also has a lot of carved wood sculptures.  Nice place to go for a walk. 

Lot of interesting carved wood benches, also. 
 

This is the entrance to the harbor. 

Bullard's Beach State Park is on the other side of the harbor, and you can see the lighthouse that is on park property.  It is manned by state park volunteers, so you can even go inside it.   
Bandon is one of the small towns along U.S. 101 that most people just drive through without going down to the older area and harbor.  Personally, it is one of my favorite towns along the Washington and Oregon Coast, and I strongly recommend you take an hour of your drive and go through the arches to the old town area!  Park along the harbor and walk around, and then stop at one of the small seafood restaurants, and eat outside or in.  

Then, stop at the store that sells various gel candies, the bakery, the book store, and the toy store, at the least! Here is a list of shops I like:
There are several little seafood shops along the harbor boardwalk, but I got the clam chowder from The Bandon Fish Market.  https://www.bandonfishmarket.com/

And, if you can do this on a sunny day, that is a real bonus!!