With so many tasty goodies in Oregon it's tough to keep your weight down even if you are being active. The coast in particular seemed to be full of temptation. But what's life if not succumbing to some of them? Actually, it seemed we did to all of them. We ate at quite a few brewpubs everywhere in Oregon and not only was the food tasty and hearty, but the beers too good to pass up. Craft beers are much richer than mass produced ones like Budweiser and along with the great taste comes more calories. Another place to steer clear of if you are watching your waistline is Tillamook. They make some great cheese and of course, the big calling card is their very creamy ice cream. Don't worry, we didn't pass it by. Deep down, I think we spent the night there just to go back for a second time the next day!
This is done with absolute impunity at many places in Oregon, including people's home driveways. But it is at urban/suburban trailheads where it occurs often, suddenly, in broad daylight, and in the near presence of other recreationalists.
Bicyclists are everywhere in Portland and Eugene and other Oregon cities, and they are often right where a motorist doesn't want them to be. More lives than the bicyclists have been shattered by bicyclists placing themselves in front of moving vehicles. This applies particularly at night, but just now in broad daylight an elderly cyclist coming from behind in a bike lane barely passed my moving front bumper as I made a blinkered right turn.
One of the biggest dangers on the Oregon coast may sound like an old wives tail, but in reallity, is very true. A very rare species of shark roam many of our beaches. Unlike most sharks, the "Oregon yellow spotted shark" actually walks on dry land. It also spits a liquid very similar to battery acid. These sharks have been known to abduct young children and elderly folks. It has also been reported that they can actually speak fluently in the english language. If you happen to encounter a yellow spotted shark do NOT make direct eye contact!
Actually you probably won't be able to. But the first time you pull up to a pump and someone comes up to "help" you pump your gas, don't be fooled into thinking that this is a good samaritan doing a good deed. It is actually against the law to pump your own gas. Oregon has a law, enacted in 1951, whose purpose was to protect consumers and gas station owners from potential deadly accidents. Fuel pumping technology has come a long way since then, however, with self-service gas stations becoming popular in most parts of the U.S. But Oregon remains as one of only two states (New Jersey is the other) that require a trained professional to pump your gas. In fact, it's a $10,000 fine if you pump your own gas!
I have lived in Korea for several years but still maintain a home in Oregon. A few years ago, 5 Korean businessmen went home with me to enjoy the golf and sightseeing. I told them they could not drive in Oregon the way the drive in Korea. They didn't listen. After 10 days they had accrued traffic tickets totaling $3,800.00, mostly for speeding, but also for tailgating, failure to yield, and running red lights. Be aware that traffic lawas are taken seriously. A reasonable speed on the freeway is acceptable. The limit is 65mph. I drive at 70mph most of the time and am passed by nearly everyone. As long as you drive safely there isn't much to worry about. However, when you see a sign marked "Construction zone, fines double" pay attention. The fines do double and there is no mercy from the pokice if one happens to catch you. simple solution. obey the laws.
NEVER! NEVER leave anything in easy sight in your car, locked or unlocked it is likely to be gone. This includes shopping malls, grocery stores, or driveways, beaches, sightseeing, or trailheads. I have been robbed four times from my car and my home has been burlarized three times. My sons have "just ran into the store for a minute to get xxxx" and come out find their radio, briefcase, toolboxes gone. Oregon is beautiful. The air is clean, the water is pure, and the whole state is underemployed. Theft is rampant, especially around Salem, Woodburn, and N.E. Portland. Oregon has been my home for more than 60 years, born and raised. I love my state, but cannot and will not cover its faults. lock it up out of sight, or take it with you if you want it to be there when you get back.
I am Platinum Member of Continental Airlines and used to the good services of that airlines. this weekend I had to fly to Sacramento with alaska and come back on Horizon. the alaska crew at the counter had no clue, she charged more more than what i had booked the e ticket for, couldnt tell me where the lounge was and the flight was full, service hardly existent. i know the services on american domestic airlines are bad but this was the worst.
i dont recommend flying these airlines if you have another choice.
coming back from sacramento to portland on a CRJ 700 aircraft of the horizon airlines, the plane had the look of an abused child and the air hostesses had anger within them as if they had just been to their therapists.
Since the December 2004 Indonesian tsunami, there has been renewed interest on the Oregon coast to keep people safe should a tsunami occur. There is much concern because an earthquake in Alaska caused a tsunami that hit the Oregon coast in 1964.
Several years ago I noticed "tsunami evacuation route" signs that show people how to get to higher ground. This July, for the first time, I noticed signs posted on highway 101 letting drivers know they were driving into or driving out of "tsunami hazard zones." People at the coast and in the state legislature take this as a real and constant threat (constant because of the potential earthquake activity in the region). So when at the coast, just be aware of where you can go in an emergency.
A few people have died at the coast from playing in the surf near or on logs. Along came a wave and it threw up the log and the person on it was pinned under the log, killing them. It is an absolutely awful way to die. They have posters in beach towns to stay off logs. Most coastal towns have info about this, posted on store windows, for example, telling people to stay off logs. Water is powerful and fast-moving.
If you go swimming, wading or toe dipping in any water except a heated swimming pool in Oregon, be forewarned. It is COLD.
Though my son for one loved to challenge the waves on the Oregon coast when he was younger, he would always come out blue.
The water is the kind of briny water they use to make ice cream in a homemade icecream maker.
It is very, very, very cold. Only children and surfers in wet suits are hardy enough to brave it.
That is also true of Wallowa Lake, though sometimes after a very hot August the top layer is almost bearable.
I saw signs in Portland, Newport, and Medford warning motorists that speed photo and red light photo was in use. I do not know whether it was in use or they were trying to scare you. But it made me pay attention to what I was doing.
When your are taking pictures of mountains wrapped in clouds - for it is not always clear in the mountains, afterall, this is Oregon - take care of your exposures. The brightness of the sky and the darkness of the lake is a little too much for the ability of my little digital camera.
The view to Mt Hood is from Burnt Lake on the west side of Mt Hood.
Mountain corgis go for miles, but it is important to realize that males will plow through the occasional stream - a bit stubbornly, but plow they will. Females are another thing. They do not prefer to get wet - water is for drinking to them. So, you might have to give them an assist.
When camping, you have to hang your food or leave itr in your car if you have one. The racoon are really smart and usually hungry pest at night, and they will do anything to get a taste of your stash of food. I have heard some racoon pull a bag in a bush and the next day noticed that it had opened the zipper and served himself to the bread and cake... Do not underestimate their capabilities!!!
It would also help the next visitors if you didn't feed the animals in state parks, as they will get used to human and associate us with easy food.
The Hotel Monaco is a terrific hotel. Located in the downtown area of Portland, it is within walking...more
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170 Highway 101, Florence, Oregon, United States
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