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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three carvings attributed to Gustav Dentzel circa 1895. How many children laughed and rode these ponies?
How many smiles and rides will these new creations provide?
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.
Bandy’s Troll Haven is a very interesting local treasure. We took the short side trip and were able to take these pictures from the public highways. There were trolls every where. I did not even try to take pictures of them all. They are all on exquisitely beautifully private grounds that include houses, a castle, and other buildings. It was a fun short break on a cloudy day. You can find a lot of information about the site on the web. On the way back we finally stopped to check out the fuel stop/deli/grocery store at the 7 Cedars Casino which we have passed by many times. To our surprise we found the place very much to our liking so I am sure that we will stop for a soup and sandwich meal soon!
Busy keeping the shiny side up,
Your Random Rovers,
Elaine and Gordon