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Eugene High School’s 50th Reunion
Friday, 6 Aug. 2010 the car came for us at 5:30 a.m. for our trip to Eugene, Oregon, via Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Salt Lake City, Utah. Both flights were smooth and the skies were clear. Picked up our rental car in Eugene and were off to the Hilton Hotel downtown. After checking in we visited the hospitality suite, for the North Eugene High School class of 1960, to obtain our name badges and schedule for the week-end.
Friday evening we walked to the old railroad station, now a restaurant called Oregon Electric, for a no host bar and welcome party with buffet dinner. It was so good to see old friends again; Joanne & Glen Rissberger, Maryann & Doug Appel, Lynn Endicott and Larry Ewing in particular, but also others the guys went to high school with.
Sat. morning after an early buffet breakfast Howard joined a few others from his
class for a walk around town; then he and another fellow climbed Skinners Butt.
Maryann and Doug Appel gave us a ride from the hotel to and from the Downtown Athletic Club Saturday evening for the major party, photographs, video and dinner. Cheri Endicott joined us and a nice time was had by all.
Sunday morning we checked out of the Hilton, then drove to the beautiful mountain home of Jim Petit for a catered brunch, the last activity of this 50th reunion.
We then drove to the beautiful central Oregon coast for the next week. We had room 309, facing the ocean and great tidal pools at The Adobe Resort and Restaurant on the north side of Yachats. We could see and hear the ocean 24/7 and enjoy it! That evening we observed the best sunset of the whole week.
The Adobe Resort is located on Historic 804 Hiking Trail along the ocean front, from the north end of Yachats, south to Smelt Sands State Park and Yachats State Park. South of town there are long stretches of smooth flat sand beaches.
Monday evening we were joined for visiting and dinner by Maryann & Doug Appel, Joanne & Glenn Rissberger, Sharon & Bill Davis.
Tuesday we all gathered at the Rissberger’s camp-site at a nearby state park. The guys worked to untangle a mile of kite string. Later we had grilled hot dogs, giant roaster marshmallows, a good picnic lunch and celebrated Bill Davis’ birthday.
One reason we especially like The Adobe Resort are the great tidal pools. One morning there was an exceptionally low tide so we enjoyed that very much, taking many photographs of: red sponges, sea stars in orange, yellow, purple and brown, green anemone, snails, Goose Barnacle, California Mussel, and other tidal pool life.
Over the years we have visited every lighthouse along the Oregon coast, but it is fun to revisit some. This year we revisited Yaquina Head Lighthouse, 3 miles north of Newport, and Heceta Head Lighthouse, 12 miles north of Florence and just north of Sea Lions Cave.
As in years past we again visit Sea Lions Cave, north of Florence, the largest sea cave in the world. Beautiful weather so most of the Stellar Sea Lions were outside, in plain sight. Puffins were nesting in the cave.
One of our favorite places is the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area between Florence and Yachats. The cliff there is a 600 foot sheer drop off to the ocean. Nice hiking trails, tidal pools, visitor’s center, Cooks Chasm, Devils Churn and other nice things to observe and enjoy.
We enjoyed the Oceanic Arts gallery in Newport and Westlight Gallery in
California Sea Lions were plentiful in Newport Harbor. Plus they have a cage to keep those that have become tangled in fishing line, plastic, or other things, until they can be doctored and healed. The Sea Lions were quite vocal when we visited.
We observed many white/black sea gulls, brown/white sea gulls, black/white Common Murre’s (look like penguins), and black Cormorants’, plus crows and other interesting birds.
Our week at the coast was over, August 16, 2010, far too soon and as always we would have liked to have extended our stay. We are already thinking ahead to another visit in two or three years.
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