Woke up bright and early today before 7am. The birds were all chattering away in the the trees, the fog hanging onto the tops of them like some natural TP party had gone on the night before. Very peaceful atmosphere to wake up in. The fact that the 4 kids next to us were still in a coma helped too. We walked over to Mel’s Kitchen, the little onsite greasy spoon and had a nice breakfast for less than we would have paid in town. A quick breakdown of the camp and we were back on the road.
We took off down 101 and headed to Lincoln City to rectify a little shoe emergency. Walked into the Berkenstock shop to find a new pair of sandals, as mine were no longer fit for human association having been thoroughly soaked for the umpteenth time. The absurdity of me walking into a shoe store barefoot amuses Cali. Walked out with a new pair of Teva flip flops at a decent price.
We continued down 101, enjoying the scenery if not the weather. August is supposed to be warm, sunny and bright. On the coast of Oregon yesterday it was low 60′s and windy. Made for some impressive waves against the rocks tho.
Pulled into Depoe Bay and pulled over to investigate its many shops. Found a small hole in the wall place named Brass & Glass, tucked back into a corner off the main boardwalk. My quest to find and acquire a spyglass finally came to a happy end in this little place. Found a gorgeous brass spyglass that opens up to a full4 segments and gives a decent amount of zoom.. or magnification if you prefer. In this digital age zoom seems more appropriate. Bought Cali some dragonfly earrings and a steel knot ring in a catch all gift shop, some truffles and chocolates in a candy store and hopped back intot he van for another winding run down Highway 101.
Stopped off along the way at The Devils Saladbowl or some such. High winds at the top of the bluff were brutally cold. There was a groovy little lighthouse along a walking path that we went to take a look at. The lighthouse afforded a great view of hundreds of birds gathered on a rock a couple hundred yards off the shore. Gods they made a racket. There was also beach access here so we took a trip down to the shore (sadly left the bitchin Camero at home) and took a walk down the beach. Walked out to a sandbar a ways out and enjoyed the close up and personal view right up until we noticed the tide was rolling in. Our path onto the bar was now underwater, so we waded thigh deep back thru the ice cold water and back to shore. Worth noting were the numerous crabs and crab parts we saw along the beach. One in particular was a pretty big crab. None of them were alive, so its safe to assume the tide brought them in. Weird tho.
At some point during the day, my phone decided it no longer wanted to accept a charge. Flat out refused to acknowledge the fact that a power cord was plugged in at all, regardless of the source be it 12v off the inverter, usb into Li’lBit or off the external. Ran thru basic troubleshooting steps, including a factory reset (insert Darth Vader NOOOOOO!) and decided that the thing had just given up the ghost. Pissed me right off.
Stopped off in Newport to check in at the AT&T store for a factory replacement, as my warranty was still in effect. Turns out.. they not only don’t have any Note II’s, they dont do warranty work in Newport.. or Eugene, or Corvallis. The only place you can get a warranty replacement is in Portland, which at this point is 2.5 hours in the opposite direction. My only other option was to have them mail me a new replacement device to my home and wait the standard 6-10 days for it to arrive. Meanwhile I’m without my phone. NOT happening. Off to Portland we go!
The ride into Portland was fine until we got within a few miles where we hit heavy traffic all rolling along at about 5 mph. We learned later that a fatal car accident had occurred right outside the AT&T store we were headed to. The store manager had heroically gone out to try and pull the man from the car and performed CPR. Tragically he was unable to revive the accident victim. This same guy then went BACK to the store, stripped off his bloody shirt and went back to work helping people with their phones. Amazing. I had to shake this guys hand and thank him. Oh.. while we were there I had my phone replaced.. but that pales in significance when compared to the tragedy of the accident.
An uneventful drive put us just outside Lebanon, where my grandmother had lived. We hopped off the highway to take a drive by the old house and see how t was doing now that grandma was gone. The house, as well as my uncles house behind it were gone. In their place was a horseshoe of apartments and 4 small 2 bedroom houses. Nothing left to see there we hopped back on the highway and continued on to Eugene. Pulled in just as it was getting dark. Wayne and Ruth greeted us with giant hugs and welcomed two tired and weary travelers into their lovely home.
Finished out the night with some drive-by Ingressing and an obligatory trip down to Voodoo Doughnuts. Nothing says lovin’ like a maple bacon bar and a giant chocolate covered, cream filled Cock n’Balls. Gotta love Eugene.