For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Jul 9, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 88

We got up early this morning. Nancy found a vet that opened at 8 a.m. and after her shower ($1.75) we drove there taking a chance to get in. Some very pretty girls took me in the back, took the pink bag and the bandage off and told me I looked great. They brought me out and said to Nancy and Susie, "He's a nice dog." Nancy handed them her credit card, but the vet said, "No, no charge for today." Boy, that was really nice. You don't find that too often.

Then, Nancy and Susie stopped at McDonald's for breakfast. Then, they went back. While Nancy hitched up, Susie got everything put away inside. Oh, she also walked me. It seemed so much easier for Nancy and they were out of the campground in no time.

As beautiful as the drive was, today, it was tiring for Nancy.  The narrow roads, steep hills, construction, and drop offs made for a long day, but we made it to Oregon making Nancy's dream come true. We checked into a campground in Brookings, and then drove to the place where Nancy and Rich spent the most time, together: Harris Beach. They spent many weeks over their years of traveling walking in this park, relaxing, and always looked forward to watching the sunsets each night. It was kind of difficult getting great pictures because of the fog and the sun, but Nancy has hundreds of pictures of this very special place, at home. In order to get here, we went through redwood and cypress forests.

Nancy thought she wanted to go back for the sunset, but then decided that that should remain in her memory. Seeing Harris Beach, today, was beautiful, but it lacked the luster it once had when they were together. She said she could almost see Rich walking down the path with Lizzie--I think she had a lump in her throat. She'd rather remember the sunsets just as they were.

So, Susie and Nancy have decided to leave in the morning and head for Newport for three nights. They can make it a base for sight-seeing, and also enjoy walking in the busy little seaport. She already has good pictures of Newport, but things are always changing as the fishing boats leave and enter the harbor. She also wants to show Susan the Octopus Tree and the Devils Punch Bowl. They don't have time to do all the lighthouses as Nancy and Rich did, but they'll probably get to one or two. The pictures are of the drive, today. There's not much explanation needed--they are just things we saw. Nancy has great pictures of the redwoods at home, but it's because they could get out and walk amongst them--they used to drive to them in the Jeep. Today, she was pulling the trailer so it was hard to get the full effect.


  1. It is beautiful! I can't believe you are in Oregon. I want to be there with you. It looks amazing.

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  3. "Don't miss it when you "take" your trip" is what I meant to type in the comment I first posted. Gosh I didn't even have a drink. Don't let anyone talk you out of the trip up the coast of California, either (Just don't look in the back seat while you're driving, and definitely no texting). The whole Pacific Coast is a drive of a lifetime. You will love it.


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