Southern Oregon Coast
Port Orford Oregon
Smith River, California
Campground: Evergreen Rv Park. $15.50 Passport America discount. Full hookups w/cable Tv.
Campground: Salmon Harbor Resort. $19 Passport America Discount. Full hookups w/cable.
I left the Land of Umpqua and headed back to the Oregon Coast. Leaving behind the smoke from the forest fires, the great company at the Last Resort campground oh and a few folks with off the wall ideas. Though if anyone watches the cable channel news programs you’ve probably encountered some of that already.
Back on the right track, I saw the continuing of itinerate campers (hobo’s and homeless) hitch hiking along Oregon’s roads leading south. Stopped in a small town called Remote for lunch. The two store town, ok, maybe three stores must have had a religious revival as there were many signs with Jesus printed on them and even some with bible versus. Wouldn’t you know, the only restaurant in town also had a number of delightful sayings posted throughout the place.
Unfortunately the staff wasn’t as “Christian” as one might expect. First a local guy, who rode in on a bicycle sat outside with his own can of Pepsi. He stepped inside to order two scoops of ice-cream and you’d think he was worst individual they’d ever waited on. He spoke with a gentle voice requesting the ice-cream in a cup so he could add the soda and go back outside to enjoy it. The waitress was really put off that he had his own can of soda and asked him to leave after he paid for his ice-cream.
A trucker came in to order a sandwich to go. Mentioned another worker who had waited on him the last time he was there and described her as having blond hair. The waitress again acted as if someone had stuck a bee up her bonnet and said: “she has a name you know. You don’t have to call her the gal with the blond hair, she has a name”. Obviously the guy didn’t know her name and the waitress wasn’t about to tell him either. He stepped outside to cool off for a bit and when he came back in, he told the waitress that that was the second time she had insulted him. The waitress’s (there were now three of them at the counter) acted as if they hadn’t a clue what was going on and said, “gee sorry, we apologize if we offended you“.
It was the oddest place I’ve been in recently. Like a mini soap opera being played out in the town of Remote Oregon. I left thinking, all those signs about being saved and Jesus is the one must have somehow gotten lost in the translation. I had an image of the restaurant being the religious temples and Jesus shooing away the sales vendors. Like the waitresses were selling everything and forgetting what the signs and messages around them meant.
A Tsunami? Can you believe. Here I am traveling along the coast and I’ve mentioned that there are signs all along the coast that mention this is a Tsunami area. Well as you probably heard, an earthquake off the American Samoan Island way out in the Pacific Ocean is creating a tsunami which may reach the Oregon coast where I’m staying. The park manager just stopped by to say that I shouldn’t worry if I hear the sirens going off, he would gather us all together and all we had to do was walk up the hill to safety. I’m ready and I’ll bring my camera too.
California. I crossed over….. To California. Like I’m in the really really northern end of California and the beginning of the Redwoods. Much of it was cut down years ago and new growth redwoods are now growing in their place. Hoping to see some original old growth stands in the next couple of days.
A little further on down the road and I went to the Redwood tree that you can drive through. My truck was just a tad too big and I didn’t want to scrape the sides of it, but I did take a few pictures of me trying to drive through…
Enough for this report as I head inland to Redding Calif.