Copalis Beach Washington

Our previous post “Carousel Museum” concerned a short side trip from an overnight motel excursion.  This post is about a little R&R trip that we started the day after we got back from that 2 day 600 mile round trip.  We headed out with Bertha in tow this time on a shorter and more relaxed excursion of about 155 miles each way and to celebrate our anniversary.

Our Site At The Copalis Beach Sunrise Resort
Our Site At The Copalis Beach Sunrise Resort

We left Sequim while it was still grey with light fog and drove south on Hwy 101 with wonderful views of Hoods Canal while the day proceeded to get bright and cheerful.  We stayed on the back roads as much as was practical and enjoyed the small towns and farms through the windshield.  When we arrived the roar of the ocean and beautiful blue sky greeted us so that we  looked forward to quiet walks on the sand.  There were very few people at this time of year so we had very little “busy-people” noise.

A Seagull Strutting His Stuff
A Seagull Strutting His Stuff
Pre-prandial Beach Walk
A Beach Walk
Seagulls and Surf
Seagulls and Surf
Ducks in the Lagoon
Ducks in the Lagoon
Pelicans In Tokeland, WA
Pelicans At Tokeland, WA
Sand Dollars
We Are Sand Dollar Rich

We did lazy day tourist things for a week and thoroughly enjoyed it.  On our very last beach walk we found sand dollars.  I have left out my usual incessant commentary to preserve the mood of our little respite.

Not feeling anti-social, but rather pro-solitude:

Your random rover,

Gordon

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Historic Carousel

A brief respite from building the new homestead.

William Dentzel Office Sign
William Dentzel Office Sign

We traveled to the Albany / Corvallis area of Oregon to check on the construction of our new home and to see my older brother Stephen and while there we took a little time to see the Historic Carousel and Museum located at 503 1st Avenue West in Albany, Oregon.  It was a major highlight for the trip.

Antique Carousel Mounts and Statues
Carousel Mounts and Statues

An emu carved and painted by William Dentzel III in 2002, a statue, and an antique pony are a small portion of a large collection of Dentzel pieces for public view.

Galloper
Galloper
Grey Stander
Grey Stander
Stander
Stander

Three carvings attributed to Gustav Dentzel circa 1895. How many children laughed and rode these ponies?

New Animals Produced at the Museum
New Animals Produced at the Museum
Whimsey and Fun!
More Whimsey and Fun!

How many smiles and rides will these new creations provide?

Carving A New Pony
Carving A New Pony
This Poodle Will Make A Fine Ride
This Poodle Will Make A Fine Ride
Care To Try A Dragon?
Care To Take A Fantasy Dragon Ride?
This One Is The Cock of the Walk!
This One Will Be The Cock of the Walk!

These animals are all being created by volunteers. From sketch-up through carving and finally hand painting they are truly works of art.  If you are ever in the area I would urge you to take the time to see see this museum, studio, and gallery.   Visitors are welcome Monday through Saturday.  For more information see:  AlbanyCarousel.   All of this is part of a grand scheme to build a 52 animal carousel.  The mechanism, one of Gustav Dentzel’s last, built around 1909, has already been restored and is awaiting its new home.

Side Trips Add Fun:

Your Random Rover

Gordon