~OREGON~

I spent a lot more time in Oregon than I had planned. After my visit to the Dunes, the third gear went out in my transmission. I was already in California, but was told that I had the choice of driving 40 miles back to Brookings, OR or limping all the way to Sacramento to get it fixed. Due to the distance and the fact that top speed was 25 MPH, I chose Brookings. Brookings is a small twon of about 5000 people. It's a great place for fishermen, but all my tackle was in Erie. There wasn't a lot to do there. I spent a lot of time at the library, walking the town and I went to Azalea State Park for a morning. The rest of the time was spent at the Dodge dealer trying to get them to get my car fixed quicker. (A side note. When they hooked my transmission up, they cross wired my air-conditioner so the remainder of my trip was without A/C.)
There were numerous wildfires in Oregon during the period I was there. And while walking the streets I could smell and see the smoke everywhere. There were firefighters from all over the west coast trying to contain the fires, and I was lucky to get the last available room in Brookings. The most expensive room on my trip. This was a week wasted.
I've two complaints about Oregon. Their clearcutting of the forests, and their allowing the dune buggy crowd to destroy the beautiful dunes.


The Columbia River Bridge
crossing from Washington to Oregon near Portland




The Seal of the State of Oregon
I thought it must be gold, because there is a chain
blocking access and guards present.

Oregon's Capitol Building

The dome from the inside

Oregon's Liberty Bell Replica

Inscription on the Capitol
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

These are not very nice pictures.

This is what clearcutting does

This should never be allowed

The dark spots are the stumps of the trees felled

The fog rolls in over the coastline

from the vast Pacific
These scenes reminded me of the motion picture "The Fog". I believe that it was about a seaport in Oregon and perhaps even filmed there. (I could be wrong about that) And I wonder if pictures like these were an inspiration to the writer.

The peaceful Pacific at dusk

The not so peaceful Pacific and the gulls

An inlet near the Oregon Dunes

My motel in Brookings, Oregon






While stranded in Brookings I noticed that all the shops on Highway 101 through town had a flower box of some sort. Normally I put the flowers I photograph on each trip on a page just for flowers, but I feel they fit here.

Pacific Ocean sunset

The last man left on the beach

Then he heads for home

Peace

Day is nearly done

A lone Seagull stands guard
I have now seen the sun come up and go down over both oceans.
The links to the Oregon dunes and Azalea State park are below. Just click on the name to see those pages.
The Oregon Dunes
Azalea State Park

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