Trip USA 2017 - Lincoln City to Eugene, OR
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Friday, September 15 - Luis Garcia and his wife Maria washed the Patriot today. He operates under the name Custom Wash, LLC and does a lot of work at Premier RV Resort Eugene. His motto: Big or Small We Wash Them All. Cost: $100. Phone: 541-515-0210. Recommended.
Luis and Maria
Thursday, September 14 - It had been a number of years since the Patriot's wheels had been aligned. Today, TEC Equipment did a three axel alignment. There was significant adjustment needed. Mike Spurgeon, Service Advisor, wrote up the work order. Brian Clark did the work. Total cost was $453.60. Very professional and highly recommended.
Mike Spurgeon
Brian Clark
Rear Axels
Front Axel
Invoice with Brian's Comments - Click to view the entire invoice.
Monday, September 11 - Today Manny Pelayo worked on 3 things. He installed a new kitchen sink faucet, replaced the failing propane detector with a new detector that also detects carbon monoxide and crimped a loose battery cable. Total cost $300. He is a true professional. Affordable Mobile RV Service. Cell: 541-343-3492.
Manny installs a new sink faucet.
New Propane and CO Detector - Under the Refrigerator.
Sunday, September 10 - The annual Coburg Antique Fair brings out thongs of people. Most of the antiques would be considered junk but that does not stop the hordes from buying the stuff and taking it home.
People display their antiques in 100s of booths. Many thousands of people attend the event.
A not so happy camper.
The service dog gets a lot of attention.
Saturday, September 9 - Almost every weekend Premier RV Resort Eugene hosts a happy hour. Dave Hill [resort manager] loves to cook. Here he is preparing a snack with Penny's help. Penny works in the resort's office checking-in guests and provides various guest services. The resort was fully booked for the weekend with University of Oregon Ducks fans. The Ducks squeaked by a victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers 42-35.
Penny and Dave
Wednesday, September 6 - Once again this year I had the Patriot serviced at Mid-Lane Truck & Equipment Repair. Ben Needham is the General Manager and service tech Jeff Schauer did the work. They do a great job and are reasonable - $387.99 for the full service. The facilities roof had some major leaks and they are getting ready to reseal it. It was being power washed. So as we walked around we got a 'free' shower.
Ben and Jeff
Ben and Jeff
The Patriot - And Roof Power Washer
The Patriot - And Roof Power Washer
Tuesday, September 5 - As part of renewing my South Dakota driver's license I had to have a vision statement completed. Dr. Anna Moran performed the exam for me. She works out of the Wal-Mart Vision Center in Springfield, Oregon. I passed with flying colors.
Monday, September 4 - Today Hans Moi [salesman at Guaranty Chevrolet, Junction City] sold me a new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. The 2004 Honda Pilot was on its last legs. Susanne Delamater [Finance Manager] handled the paper work. Total out of pocket cost for the car was about $25,000. The dealer installed the appropriate tow equipment which cost $3,632.93. They gave me a loaner car, a white Equinox, to drive in the mean time.
Larry and Hans with the 2018 Equinox
Larry and Hans with the 2018 Equinox
Suzanne - Finance Manager
Suzanne - Finance Manager
Guaranty Chevrolet - New car is the red one, old one is the tan Honda.
Guaranty Chevrolet - New car is the red one, old one is the tan Honda.
2018 Equinox Spec Sheet - Click to Enlarge
2018 Equinox Spec Sheet
Saturday, September 2 - I'm back at the Premier RV Resort in Eugene, Oregon for a couple weeks. On pad 139, elevation 504 feet.
Patriot on pad 139 with the loaner car - 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
Sunday, August 27 - I played golf in an Oregon Golf Association [OGA] event at Sandpines Golf Links today with Brian Johnson and Ryan Briscoe. There were 54 players in two flights. We were in the senior's flight. The OGA runs a number of tournaments throughout the state. It was a beautiful, mild day for golf.
Brian, Larry, Ryan with the Lake in the Background
Brian, Larry, Ryan with the Lake in the Background
18th Hole with the Clubhouse in the Background
18th Hole with the Clubhouse in the Background
Our scores - not good - not in the money.
Our scores - not good - not in the money.
Thursday, August 24 - Cheryl Garfield and I had a nice dinner at the Maple Street Grill with Linda and Brian Stent [owners of Pacific Pines RV Park] and Barbara Campbell. Our great waiter, Lane, took our photo so I took one with him. I had the meatloaf and mashed potatoes dinner - great.
Cheryl, Linda, Brian, Barbara and Larry
Cheryl, Linda, Brian, Barbara and Larry
Cheryl, Linda, Lane, Brian and Barbara
Cheryl, Linda, Lane, Brian and Barbara
Tuesday, August 22 - On this very foggy day we visited Sea Lion Caves and the Heceta Head Lighthouse. To get to the cave one takes a 12 story elevator to the sea floor. A few miles north of the caves is the working lighthouse. The photo of the lighthouse was copied from the lighthouse's web site - very beautiful.
Sea Lions in the Cave
Sea Lions in the Cave
Playing on the Sea Lion Statue
Playing on the Sea Lion Statue
Picnic on Heceta Beach
Picnic on Heceta Beach
Web Site Photo of the Heceta Head Lighthouse
Web Site Photo of the Heceta Head Lighthouse
Monday, August 21 - At 10:16 this morning we watched the solar eclipse. We sat in the RV park and watched day turn to night. We got 98.8% blackout. It did cool off noticeably. Our neighbors [Karen, Ginny, and Chuck with dog Max] joined us.
Karen, Ginny and Chuck and Max [not pictured] took it all in.
Karen, Ginny and Chuck [not pictured] took it all in.
Sunday, August 20 - The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum contains many articles that made it possible for early settlers to exist in the area. The museum is a 'must visit' place in Florence. Georgia and Virginia provided insight into the background of the museum. On the way to the museum we visited the Siuslaw River and captured a photo of fishermen returning. It was a very windy day on the beach.
Georgia and Virginia - Volunteers
Georgia and Virginia - Volunteers
A Typical Collection of Early Tools
A Typical Collection of Early Tools
The Museum is Housed in this Building - In Old Town Florence
The Museum is Housed in this Building - In Old Town Florence
Returning Fishermen - Heading Up the River to Florence
Returning Fishermen - Heading Up the River to Florence
Saturday, August 19 - Back in Florence at the Pacific Pines RV Park for a couple weeks. On pad 16, elevation 143 feet. This park uses WebInACan for their web site.
Thursday, August 17 - While out grocery shopping at the local Safeway we took Logan Road north past the Chinook Winds Casino and ended up at the Roads End State Recreation Site. It was a beautiful, sunny but very breezy day. The view of the beach and Pacific is outstanding.
Roads End State Recreation Site
Monday, August 14 - The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a must see attraction located in Newport, OR. We did the tour looking at various animals that make their life in the ocean. After touring the aquarium we stumbled upon the Pirates Treasure work shops just south of the Aquarium and watched glass artist Jeff Hajek, of the Hot Shop, create a blown glass bowl. Impressive. He is 40 years old and has been making glass articles for 15 years. He owns the shop. He provided a running commentary of the process.
Larry and Cheryl in the Aquarium
Larry and Cheryl in the Aquarium
Cheryl with volunteer Sue
Cheryl with volunteer Sue
One of many underwater displays.
One of many underwater displays.
A Puffin In the Aviary
A Puffin In the Aviary
Jeff Creating a Bowl in the 2300 Degree Oven
Jeff Creating a Bowl in the 2300 Degree Oven
Jeff with the Final Product
Jeff with the Final Product
Saturday, August 12 - The annual Lincoln City Sandcastle Completion was held today at Siletz Bay. There were castles of all sizes. One family has been coming to the contest for more than 10 years. It has become an annual family outing. They were creating a sea monster. They have been first place winners many times.
Girl Builder
Girl Builder
Family of Builders - 10th Year
Family of Builders - 10th Year
Castle on the Mount
Castle on the Mount
Panorama of the Siletz Bay - Sand Castles Under Construction
Panorama of the Siletz Bay - Sand Castles Under Construction
Friday, August 11 - We celebrated my daughter Lynette's 45th birthday in absentia at Fathoms. Cheryl Garfield and I were joined by Mike and Olivia Hilt [Premier RV Resort managers] and Rich and Nan Vierra. The Fathoms restaurant overlooks the Pacific Ocean from it's 10 story perch on the Inn at Spanish Head. A fun evening was had by all. Happy birthday Lynette.
Left to Right - Mike, Cheryl, Nan, Rich, Olivia, Larry
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Thursday, August 10 - Whale watching from Depoe Bay is very popular. Cheryl Garfield took the whale watching boat out of the bay to the ocean and saw lots of whales who feed on the small shrimp found in the off shore kelp. She boarded the 'Samson' for the trip.
Cheryl on the Samson
Cheryl on the Samson
Saturday, August 5 - Drove the 5 miles south to the Premier RV Resort and will be here for 2 weeks. On pad 88, elevation 136 feet. The resort uses my software WebInACanRes to take online reservations. Every Saturday the resort hosts a Happy Hour with h'ordorves and conducts a raffle. Kip Strean plays his guitar and Olivia Hilt [park manager with her husband Mike] setup the h'ordorves and conduct the raffle.
Kip and Olivia
Kip and Olivia
Olivia calls out winning raffle winners.
Olivia calls out winning raffle winners.
Friday, August 4 - We had the world famous clam chowder at the Dory Cove for lunch then went to Siletz Bay and watched the crabbers hauling in their catch. Crabbers can only keep male crabs which are at least 5 3/4 inches wide. Click here to view Oregon's Dungeness Crab rules.
Cheryl and Larry at the Dory Cove
Cheryl and Larry at the Dory Cove
Dory Cove - Famous for their clam chowder.
Dory Cove - Famous for their clam chowder.
Brian casting the crab net.
Brian casting the crab net.
The catch - two keepers
The catch - two keepers
A panorama of Siletz Bay on a clear Sunny Day.
A panorama of Siletz Bay on a clear Sunny Day
Thursday, August 3 - Drove 50 miles west of Salem to the Devils Lake RV Park in Lincoln City. Will be here for two days. Elevation 52 feet. This park uses WebInACan for their web site. 

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