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Taking up where we left off in part 2...

Another recommendation by Camper Jeff, Hurricane Ridge for some awesome views of the Olympic Mountains and an incredible shot of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. I can say that with a strait face, having faced the strait from 2 directions. On the way we pass a place that sells camping firewood. I am ready to do some serious damage to that wood, with my trusty Boy Scout hatchet. You think?
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The road to Hurricane Ridge climbs quickly, and the bicycle riders we pass seem to be standing still as they give it everything they've got. I can only imagine the ride down. Good thing bikes have disc brakes these days!! These are some pictures of Mt. Olympus, I think, where the immortal god Whazeus lives.
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Here are some views of Port Angeles in the foreground and Victoria BC in the back, as they zoom in and out.
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Leaving Hurricane Ridge, the Dungeness Spit is on the menu next. I can't quite figure the name though. Was there a family of Dungeness that came here to...spit? I know spitting in public was at one time against the law. Maybe this was the place to do it? It's also against the law to whistle underwater in Oregon. Good thing to know, you whistlers out there.
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"What's that Dear?" Oh, Mrs. Whazoo says it's actually a spit of sand. Now I've never heard of sand called a spit, but she says it's a very common coastal landform that happens to be a linear accumulation of sediment that is attached to land at one end. And now you know why she's the brains of this outfit.
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This little finger of sand curves to the right and is actually 5 miles long. Now that's a long spit.
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Now that we've seen the spit, and indeed it was just a spit of sand, we are driving away from the coast, lickity spit. It was more than a little fun camping along ocean waters, and we will look forward to doing it again. The ocean and Redwoods have made this a special trip for the Whazoos with a few stops yet to make.

As we drive east heading up the Columbia River we are wanting to stop and take a picture. Every available stop is a state fee area! I feel we've already paid our dues on this trip and I am fee'd up with the cost of it all. Yet as we pull up to Multnomah Falls, there is no fee! Cameras out, I am back in Whazoo mode with a very large smile. This is a beautiful set of falls to see.
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As that was a quick stop for pictures, we're on the road again, doing light speed. We have friends to see in Bend, Oregon, where we used to live before moving to Arizona 18 years ago. Heading south on 197 from the Dalles on the Columbia River, we pass the "spit" of a town, Dufur. A very good friend of mine in Bend grew up here, so I drive through in homage. There is no stop sign or stop light here, and Main Street is basically short & dead. But in glorious signage in front of the high school are listed all the state champions to come out of Dufur. One thing we all have in common is pride, hope and determination. It's a great testament to America, as the large cities may be our heart, the small towns struggling to make ends meet are our backbone. My hat is off to them for enduring. And as my friend would say of the town motto, "Don't ask what you can do for Dufur, but what Dufur can Dufur you." Don't you love it?
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And with the Catholic Church alive and doing well in Dufur I have to ask, do they have a pancake breakfast?
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We're driving we're driving...on to Smith Rocks with the Crooked River just below. We used to climb these rocks, when I was a young Whazoo.
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Funny, the Smith Rocks haven't changed much in 20 years. But I could hold the arm up a little higher then. This makes me wonder, as time goes by and I become an old Whazoo, will it just be a hand tilted out, down by my waist?
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We did stop to see one friend, and was told he was hunting, this being the first weekend of deer season. And as we drove down our old street, Deer Trail Road, we see a whole head of deer. They're not dumb animals!
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This used to be our property, and we are feeling so very melancholy we can hardly stand it.
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After wiping a few tears we find our friends are not home, so we head for the Deschutes Forest and a camp spot. Having lived in the Sonoran desert for so long we forget how fast the weather can change, and it does. Soon we're looking for a place to boondock in the middle of a howling snowstorm. Boy how we miss those changes in weather. Deciding to drive to the top of a hill we are hunting for a camp.
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And as we are hunters, we finally spot our quarry. And that's just what it is, an abandoned
volcanic cinder quarry. Great place to hole up while this blows over. It should be gone in a flash, it is only the first of October. This is what I tell Mrs. Whazoo to relieve her, and I fully believe it.
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Waking up the next morning to find I was wrong. You did not just read that...
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To think, we were driving across northern California in 107 degrees just last week. So much for global warming. At least momentarily.
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We drive back to town to meet friends for breakfast. This is the same street from the evening before, Deer Trail Road.
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And it just kept snowing.
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And this is how I used to go to work, with cardboard in front of the radiator so the heater would work. All you northern friends that still go through this, I salute you. Snow = work and challenging drives. However, summer in Phoenix working outside is no cup of tea either. And I still drive this truck, without air conditioning.
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I'm a bit upset, as we're heading for Crater Lake. Will there be snow is no longer a question. But will we be able to get there is a new one. Making it to the fee station, oh no...more fees, we are told by Nick Danger the Forest Ranger that the lake is socked in and visibility is zero. And indeed it was really socked in! There's a lake down there somewhere.
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As we drove on around the lake, visibility got better...I could see the road, and my black rim.
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And as the elevation of the road dropped, there was a lake after all.
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The canoe looks a little out of place in the snow. But I figure it could double as a toboggan.
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Getting back home, a friend that lives in Sweden sent me this picture, knowing that we had been camping in some bear country. Mrs. Whazoo did not laugh...
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So this is the end of the trip. And the Whazoos bid you adieu.
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Thanks for reading
Dave Rogers

Post script, Several things to note. THE car of choice in the northwest is the Subaru Outback, hands down. A&W Rootbeer is alive and doing very well, especially on Vancouver Island, with the Mama, Papa and Baby Burger still filling stomachs. We traveled 4300 miles in 13 days and had 2 drives till 1 in the morning, trying to make up for lost time due to my breakdown, not that breakdown. It was a 3 donut box trip. Let's see, that's 8 donuts per box. 270 calories per donut that makes 6,480 calories of health food. No wonder my rear end needs a sway bar. Traffic on I-5 in lower Washington was pretty bad. And we couldn't figure where all the people were coming from because we couldn't see any houses for all the trees along the freeway. A case of people "coming out of the woodwork". I seriously regret not having more time to meet rvnet friends in our areas of travel that I have become friendly with. My reasons for a trip like this have changed and that surprises me, being a solo Whazoo. Having met the few friends that we have in the last 2 years we feel privileged and want more. Everyone is friendly, fun and overly generous, as they are in their trip report replies. And as much as this was a geographical trip for us, it was also a trip back in time. Thanks again...

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Cool photos; thanks for posting.

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Posted: 10/22/09 10:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the story - your pics are great but it's your writing that really makes it (you slay me with your clever wit)- really great writing. I laughed out loud (perhaps you can tell how old I am because I actually spelled out those words...)
Thanks for getting out of the truck in the snowy weather to take pics. I've thought about that before but stayed in and stayed warm. Keep the reports coming!

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Thanks Whazoo,
Been waiting for that. Got a kick out of the before and after pictures of you two. I can still reach and point up like I used to probably because I'm not addicted to doughnuts. I still need to lose 40 pounds though. Looked like a nice place you had in Bend or at least for the summer. How did that Yakima pod work for you? Noticed it next to the boat. Like the classic old Ford work truck. My brother had a brown one like it. Snow storm at the end was a nice touch too. Glad you guys got to see as much as you did.

Again, thanks for the show Dave. All three acts were well done and as always, a very entertaining presentation.


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Great pics and story as always Waz

Crater Lake is definitely a special place and we're definitely going to pass by there again. You were lucky to hit it at the right time because soon the only way you'll get pictures like that will be on a snowmobile.

So my question is - what's up with the left arm thing. My right arm goes up all the way but the left only goes up about half way now.

I'd say it sucks getting old but you know what? So far it really doesn't (despite the arm thing)


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Thanks Whazoo.


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Thanks folks, and sorry to bug you again so soon. And yes kcab, those arms can hardly get the ladders on and off the truck anymore. Pretty soon I will only be able to paint baseboards, except that bending over is getting hard to do too! And many thanks again Camper Jeff, for all the help and tips on places to see. We have another place to see now thanks to BlueStilly. And that is exactly what trip reports are all about.

Welcome bdoone, to a great website and great people, you'll fit right in. Thanks for your reply. If your handle was dboone, I'd say you were from Kentucky. And there's not one little thing wrong with spelling "laugh out loud".

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Great walk down "memory lane" for both you and the readers! I'd be way too shy to post pix of myself from 1970 and thereabouts, but I agree with the previous poster: a great before and later ![emoticon]!

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THE car of choice in the northwest is the Subaru Outback, hands down.


I can attest to that [emoticon] At least 50% of the cars here are Subarus...ours is the Forester...with heated seats, no less [emoticon]

Great essay, for sure...we hope to get the truck and camper by next spring....still have to get rid of the fiver [emoticon]


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Wow those are some awsome photos! I really enjoyed the reports. They make me want to go out and see it for myself. Very Nice!! Thanks!

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