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And One More Thing...

In my book, this is the best thing about Oregon!

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Paul didn't mention the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, which we visited today. It is the home of Howard Hughes' Hercules H-4 - also known as the 'Spruce Goose' - the largest wood-frame aeroplane ever built (it's wing-span is wider than that of the Airbus A-380!). Needless to say I loved this museum! Roll on our visit to the Boeing factory, just north of Seattle, which we're visiting on Wednesday ;o)

Here are some pictures from the museum:

'Spruce Goose' (see how tiny the people look!)

'Spruce Goose' (see how tiny the people look!)

'Spruce Goose' technical info

'Spruce Goose' technical info

B-17 Bomber from WWII

B-17 Bomber from WWII

And, coincidentally, we are staying in the cool and stylish (so cool it's almost silly - they put a retro style sink in the bedroom despite there being oodles of room in the equally lovely bathroom!) Ace Hotel in Portland. One wall of our room is papered with pages from an old reference book/dictionary - and one of those pages is this:

Hotel wall paper close-up

Hotel wall paper close-up

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3 things that are great about Oregon

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1. No sales tax (yay!)

2. It's illegal to fill you own gas (sorry I mean petrol). The Oregon legislatures banned self serve in 1951 citing 17 (!) reasons including fire hazard, inconvenience for the elderly and "crime and slick surfaces".

3. The stuffed salmon main course here.

At some point, I'll stop blogging about food!

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Belly

A great little restaurant in Eugene, Oregon.

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Today was all about a straight drive up to Eugene in Oregon via US Route 101, Route 199 and then a fast 130 miles on I-5 (Mum - that's I for Interstate!).

However, when we got here to Eugene we had an early dinner at a fab little restaurant called Belly. Not only was it only the equivalent of about £25 per head for three courses, including a very nice glass of Oregon Pinot Noir for me and a beer for Paul, but Paul was very excited to realise that he had eaten bacon in all three courses! (In case you're wondering, for pudding Paul had banana ice-cream with 'candied bacon' bits - he said it was rather like when the American's serve bacon with pancakes and maple syrup!).

We're doing a tour of some wineries in the Willamette Valley tomorrow (Paul's tasting, I'm driving), on our way up to Portland....

Bye for now!

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Redwood Trees in Northern California

It looks like Richard Scarry country!

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Yesterday (Thursday) we had a day to explore around Eureka in Northern California. This is very different country to the urban sprawl and conspicuous 'cool' of LA and San Francisco!

The area is famous for the huge Redwood forests, which contain some of the biggest trees in the world. In fact, one area of forest just off the 'Avenue of the Giants' scenic route has more biomass per square km than the Amazon rain forest and is the most dense area of biomass in the world (now I will put away my inner scientist - sorry!).

Anyway, the area is amazing, and below are some of the pictures from our drive along the Avenue of the Giants... although I'm not sure that they do any justice to the sheer size of these amazing aboreals.

For those who enjoyed Richard Scarry's childrens books, all the trees, the trucks carrying lumber up and down the interstate, and the huge lumber mill we saw in Eureka all took me right back!

The Avenue of the Giants

The Avenue of the Giants

The 'Giant Tree'

The 'Giant Tree'

The Trunk of the 'Giant Tree'

The Trunk of the 'Giant Tree'

Where's Paul? Can you see the 'tiny Paul' among these massive tree trunks?

Where's Paul? Can you see the 'tiny Paul' among these massive tree trunks?

Paul taking a picture of another big tree

Paul taking a picture of another big tree

Yet another big tree...

Yet another big tree...

After looking at all those trees we took a small detour to a pretty little place called Ferndale, where we had a late lunch in the quaintest little antique-shop-cum-cafe. The lunch was just fabulous, the conversation with the shop owner lively, and to top it off she had a silver moneybox in the shape of a 747 jet for sale, which of course I couldn't resist!

Main Street in Ferndale

Main Street in Ferndale

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A couple of photos of SF

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Here you go...........

View of SF looking south over the bay

View of SF looking south over the bay

Some bridge

Some bridge

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