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"My favorite thing to do is to go where I've never been." -- Diane Arbus
|417--Oregon: Spruce Goose and Portland|
Nov 06 2008 - 16:26 PST
cherie writes: It’s hard for Greg to pass up an aviation museum—especially if it holds the largest airplane ever constructed—the Spruce Goose. Constructed and assembled between 1943 and 1947 by the Hughes Aircraft Co, the Spruce Goose was only flown once on Nov. 2, 1947 by Howard Hughes. You can only stare at a big plane for so long…so after Greg got his airplane fix, we headed to Portland.
Cherie and Greg with the Spruce Goose, the largest airplane ever constructed. On November 2, 1947 was its first and last flight.
Portland was bursting with fall colors when we arrived. Greg and I stayed with our good friend Merry and her wonderful family. We explored all the nooks and crannies of Portland from the peaceful Japanese Gardens to the chaotic VooDoo Doughnuts. The doughnuts were worth the wait, and worth the weight. How could anyone pass up a doughnut with a pretzel stuck in him torturing his red raspberry innards?
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|416--Oregon: Exploring a ghost ship off the Oregon Coast|
Nov 01 2008 - 15:44 PST
cherie writes: From a distance, it looked like a ghost ship. Greg and I climbed up and down the sand dunes of Coos Bay, Oregon searching for the wreck of the George L. Olson. We knew it was there—we found the GPS coordinates of the washed-up schooner on the internet.
Cherie near the wreck of the George L. Olson, which was exposed in the sand dunes off Coos Bay, Oregon in Feburary 2008 after a series of violent winter storms.
The lumber-carrying schooner ran aground on June 23, 1944. Forgotten for over 60-years, the ship was exposed in February 2008, after a series of violent winter storms removed her protective cover of sand. Greg and I were curious to explore the ship before she rusted away or was re-buried.
Back in the 1944, the schooner smacked into the North Jetty in Coos Bay and went aground. No one died but the ship. After the wreck, the George L. Olson was towed out to sea, but expectedly she washed back ashore.
Though her sailing days are over, she's an exciting destination hike for inquisitive travelers like us! If you’re not up for a hike, local ATV vendors have created tours to 4x4 out to the wreck. How long will she be there, no one knows. Perhaps this year's winter storms swallow the schooner again.
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