Trip USA 2018 - Florence, OR
Stage 6

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Saturday, July 7 - The annual Florence Wings and Wheels was held at the airport. There were 150 antique cars and a number of older airplanes at the airport. Terry displayed his 1955 Chevrolet Convertible. His granddaughter used to ride the small version. His car was featured on the most recent cover of the Hemmings Motor News. Click here to read the Wikipedia article on Hemmings Motor News. Terry was a flight engineer in the Air Force during the Vietnam war. He was in Vietnam for one year. He served in the Air Force for 8 years.
Terry with his 1955 Chevy
Terry's Chevy on Hemmings cover.
A panorama of the Florence Wings and Wheels event. More that 150 cars and a number of older airplanes were on display.
Friday, July 6 - The local Elks Lodge serves a nice dinner every Friday evening. Brian Stent [owner of Pacific Pines RV Park] and Barbara Campbell joined me for dinner. We each had the Prime Rib entre - it was very good. After a couple adult beverages and a salad we enjoyed the entre with a baked potato and green beans. The place was packed - must have been a hundred people in the dining area. Reservations are required.
Brian, Barbara, Larry
Friday, July 6 - Angela Barrett, Seamstress of Angie's Alterations, shortened the sleeves of an almost new golf jacket which I bought at Goodwill for $20 a few days ago. The sleeves were about 4 inches to long. Now they are perfect. Thanks Angie. She charged $15 but I gave her $20. Her shop is located in a wooded area about 4 miles north of Florence just off US Hwy 101. She started sewing when she was in high school. Very professional and highly recommended. Her phone: 541-902-7231. Angie's husband, Mike Barrett, installs and services garage doors. His shop is right next door. His phone: 541-991-0367 or 541-997-3935.
Shortened Sleeves
Angie's Alterations - Photo from her web site.
Angela [Angie] Barrett
Angie with Sophie
Wednesday, July 4 - The Pacific Pines RV Park hosted a 4th of July BBQ. It was attended by 50 or so of the park's guests. The park provided grilled chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas and adult beverages. Many of the guests brought side dishes. One group of grand kids enjoyed the BBQ.
The Grand Kids Enjoyed the BBQ
Many side dishes were provided by the park's guests.
Getting a Hamburger.
Adding side dish items to the plate.
Saturday, June 30 - While at Pacific Pines RV Park I have Joe Gordon and Mary wash the rig. They do a great job and don't charge much. Joe is the maintenance guy at the park. He has been here for a number of years. He does a great job of keeping the park looking neat.
Mary and Joe Gordon
Friday, June 29 - The Oregon Pacific Bank hosted its 34th Annual Ice Cream Social. Amy handed out a balloons at the entrance. Carl Frazier, Merchant Services Rep, wore a colorful hat. Denny Weaver provided music. Denny also entertained at the Windermere event a few days ago - see below. I had the Vanilla Oreo blend ice cream - yum. Ice cream was enjoyed by all.
Amy Hands Out Balloons
Carl wears a Colorful Hat
Denny Provided Music
Ice Cream Was Enjoyed by All
Sunday, June 24 - The local, all day, Copa Cabana Beach Soccer Tournament was held today on the beach fronting the Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center. Tournaments are held on many beaches up and down the Pacific Coast. There were three soccer fields in use. It was an especially nice day in Florence with temperatures in the high 60s, very sunny skies and a gentle breeze. A beautiful day to be on the beach.
The younger participants. A young girl taking a header.
Mom and dad watching the younger participants. With the great Surfside restaurant in the background.
Older participants with the Driftwood Resort in the background.
Spectators and the soccer fields with the Pacific Ocean in the background.
Thursday, June 21 - Windermere Real Estate in conjunction with the local Chamber of Commerce had an After Hours Networking Event. Windermere is one of the largest realtors in Florence.
Windermere's Headquarters at 1625 12th Street
Snacks and Adult Beverages were Provided
Denny Weaver Provided Music and a Smile
Deidre and Elaine Enjoyed the Event
Saturday, June 16 - There were a lot of WWII Jeeps on display at the Johnston Motor's lot. The Jeeps came from all over the area. Jason brought a Jeep up from Coos Bay. The Jeep was originally owned by his girl friend's grandfather. I had a great hot dog served by the Lion's Club crew. Cost $3 for the Hot Dog and a Diet Coke.
Lots of Jeeps - In the Johnston Motor Car lot.
 Jason's Loaded WWII Jeep
Jason - From Coos Bay
Pete and Cashier Mike
The Lion's Barbeque Crew - They made me a great hot dog.
Saturday, June 9 - Classic cars were on display today at the Rhody Cruisers Classic Car Stand-Around. Unfortunately there were only a few cars - it had been raining for the last two days. I did admire the 1957 Chevy and the 1955 Packard. The event was held in the Elks Lodge's parking lot. While there I visited the Elks Thrift Store and bought 5 hardcover books for $1 each. After reading them I will donate them to the RV Park's lending library.
1957 Chevy - With Onlookers.
1955 Packard - One of the Last Made
Saturday, June 2 - Today I took a drive on South Jetty Road to visit the southern part of the Siuslaw River near where it empties into the Pacific Ocean. The South Jetty Crab Dock is a popular place to catch crabs. Click here to view information about crabbing in Oregon. It is usually very windy in this area and is an ideal place for flying a kite. It was a nice sunny day with high temperatures in the mid-60s. The area is often foggy but it was very clear all day.

From Wikipedia: The Siuslaw River is a river, about 110 miles long, that flows to the Pacific Ocean coast of Oregon in the United States. It drains an area of about 773 square miles in the Central Oregon Coast Range southwest of the Willamette Valley and north of the watershed of the Umpqua River. It rises in the mountains of southwestern Lane County, about 10 miles west of Cottage Grove. It flows generally west-northwest through the mountains, past Swisshome, entering the Pacific at Florence. The head of tide is 26 miles upstream. The valley of the river has been one of the productive timber regions in Oregon.

Catching Crabs on the Dock
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A Good Place to Fly a Kite
Click the photo to see the kite.
Siuslaw River at the South Jetty Crab Dock - An Ideal Place to Catch Crabs
Sunday, May 20 - Each May the city of Florence celebrates Rhododendron Week. It is sponsored by the local chamber of commerce. Click here to read for more info about the celebration. Click here to read the local newspapers write-up of the festival. On Sunday there is a lengthy parade on the main highway [US 101] that goes through town. These are some photos of the parade. The pageant queens are promoting the Lebanon Annual Strawberry Festival. Click here to learn more about it.
Lebanon Strawberry Festival Pageant Queens
Ogden Middle School Marching Band
Sunday, May 20 - At the Pacific Pines RV Park in Florence, Oregon on pad 50. Elevation 70 feet. I have stayed at this nice park a number of times before. The park uses my software, WebInACan, to allow guests to view their web site and to make online reservations. While here I will be updating their web site. I will be here for seven weeks. I like the city - it is just off the Pacific Ocean with the wide Siuslaw River running through the old town section. There is a convenient Fred Meyer big box store less than a mile north of the RV Park.
Beaver Patriot and Chevrolet Equinox on Pad 50 - Lots of Rhododendrons in Bloom - Very Pretty

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