Heffy’s Gallery

I have never devoted a post to a business before, but when I stumbled upon this little shop on Highway 101, in Florence, Oregon I immediately new I had found an unsung gem.

More pictures, information, address and phone can be found at: https://heffysgallery.com/ My only regret is that I did not take a picture of Heffy’s bust carving of Jack Nicholson. It is iconic. You will just have to go and see it yourself.

House Hunting and Other Adventures

We had planned to make the Florence Oregon area our new home but sometimes the best laid plans …

Alas, I am getting ahead of myself which I often do.  In any case an update is long overdue.

Home At The Florence Elks
Home At The Florence Elks

We spent the remainder of February at the Elks RV Park just north of town. It has made a great vacation spot for us before and this time it made a great base of operations for house hunting.

Woahink Lake
Woahink Lake

We spent the month of March here at Woakink Lake RV which is a very nice park just a few miles south of Florence that backs up to the famous Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. We did a lot of house hunting, took a few very pleasant drives into the valley, and went to a wood-turning symposium (see previous post) . None of the properties jumped up and said “buy me” which was disappointing and then it was time to take a break and honor our commitment to host at Tugman State Park south of Reedsport, OR near Lakeside, OR.

At Home in Tugman State Park
At Home in Tugman State Park

We spent the month of April working at Tugman where we had good time and met a number of great people. We did some house hunting but mostly just worked and relaxed.

Lake Creek Falls
Lake Creek Falls

Shore Acres Raucous Ocean
Shore Acres Raucous Ocean

Shore Acres Serenity
Shore Acres Serenity

Lake Creek Falls, and a return trip to Shore Acres were on our agenda along with a few other side trips. We had pretty much given up on the Florence area and now had to decide what to do. We considered a number of options and finally decided to make a trip up to Port Angeles, WA, an area we had always enjoyed in the past that has a great rural feel, plenty of local shopping, is on the water and is only an hour or so from the big city for those major shopping trips. We liked what we found and one trip became two so at the end of our tenure we traveled to the Sequim / Port Angles area to start looking again.

Champoeg Campsite
Champoeg Campsite

We broke the 400 mile trip into two days which allowed time to spend a nice afternoon at Champoeg Oregon State Park. The grounds were covered with blooming wild roses and the park store/museum was a delight. Tomorrow we will be at Rainbows End RV and it will be time to get back into searching mode.

It isn’t the destination, it is the trip.
Your Random Rover,
Gordon

And Heading South

It had to happen sometime.  We did the big 180 and started heading south.  Not that we are in any hurry to get back it just had to happen at some point.  So here we go.  We traveled from Banff, AB through Radium Hot Springs to Cranbrook, BC.

Our site at Mt Baker RV Park in Cranbrook, BC
Our site at Mt Baker RV Park in Cranbrook, BC

It was a relatively short driving day so we had time to do a little exploring in town where we found an excellent chocolate shop and a wonderful bookstore that had every magazine you could imagine. We bought more than we should have, but opportunities for good food and reading material should not be passed by lightly.

Staying at the Spokane Elks Lodge
Staying at the Spokane Elks Lodge

We stopped at the Spokane Elks for a few nights to see the families and we had a great time.  The first day back stateside was spent shopping, getting haircuts, and picking up all the stuff we had left in John’s care. (Things we couldn’t take across the border.)  Of course John and Miss fed us lunch and Gordon does not pass up free meals especially when the food and company are great.  We were able to spend an afternoon and evening at son John’s Lake place and Laura was able to come up with Delaney. On another night we were able to get together again with everyone at the lodge for “Taco Night” and they had a band so we got in a little dancing too.  I had forgotten that John and Missy had their wedding reception at the lodge so there was also a bit of reminiscing.

Card Sharks at Connell, Washington
Card Sharks at Connell, Washington

On the way down to the Tri-Cities area to see some old friends we stopped for break and lunch in a quaint small town named Connell, Washington where Gordon succumbed to a game with some locals.  I’m telling you that the raven was cheating.  He must have been.  If Elaine hadn’t drug me away I’d have lost everything and we would be standing at a rest area holding up a cardboard sign.

Army Corps of Engineers Charbonneau Park
Army Corps of Engineers Charbonneau Park

This COE park was beautiful!!  We spent a couple of nights here and were able to do a lot of catching up and getting re-acquainted with the Krudwigs, great folks we had not seen for at least 20 years.

The Dalles, OR with Mount Hood
The Dalles, OR with Mount Hood

Elaine was driving on this stretch of the Columbia Gorge so Gordon was able to get this “through the windshield” picture on our way from Charbonneau to Salem.  As you can see it was a picture perfect day.  (pun intended)  All to soon it was my turn to drive us through Portland.

At The Salem Elks
At The Salem Elks

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have made good use of the Elk’s hospitality on this trip and plan to do more.  If you are an Elk, the lodges can be a special treat on your travels.  We spent a couple of nights here catching our breath / relaxing and were able to enjoy steak night at the lodge.  We also shopped at the Salem Farmer’s Market.  Very,  very nice – bought some fruit and bread, and met some fine craftspersons.  Took the short drive up to Silverton to take in a little of the Willamette Valley farm country.

The Florence Elks RV Park
The Florence Elks RV Park

The park is the best. As you can see the spaces are spacious. The hosts are helpful and the Pacific ocean is just a few minutes away.

Morning On a Beach North of Heceta Head
Morning On a Beach North of Heceta Head

Now we are on the Oregon coast!  Elaine and I always miss the ocean and so are pulled in this westerly direction until we can hear the surf, smell the ocean breeze, and see the sunlight sparkle on water and sand.  The weather has been as great as it has been for most of this trip so we were able to do lots of just looking around and revisiting old haunts from Yachats to Winchester Bay.  We saw some friends that we met last year, ate lots of fresh seafood, and pretended we were on vacation.

Tomorrow we will move on to Bullards Beach State Park just north of Bandon, OR.

Travel Safely and Enjoy,

Your Random Rover,

Gordon

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