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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

My Life Passed in Front of My Eyes

Cape Perpetua, Oregon

We've been off the net the last couple of days, camping in the Cape Perpetua State Park. I like to get up at 4 am and play with the computer until Mrs. Phred wakes up around eight.

The days are cold and foggy near the coast. Inland they are having a serious heatwave.

So this morning I drank some coffee, read a SF book called "Redshift" for about an hour, then went back to bed at five. I couldn't sleep so I spent the next three hours remembering my life.

This is a geological formation on the Oregon Coast called "The Devil's Punchbowl".

The only thing I would change is the party I went to when I was 16. It was sponsored by the grocery store where I worked as a "bag boy". I drank too much beer and decided to go swimming nude. I couldn't find where I had left my clothing so I had to ride my motorcycle home 20 miles without any covering. It was kind of like one of those dreams where you appear naked in public, but it was real life. In retrospect, I wouldn't do that again. My father was disappointed with me, but had the wisdom to wait until the next morning to offer his fatherly advice...aside from that one incident, I wouldn't change a thing.

We stopped briefly in Newport, Oregon. They have a world class aquarium there, but we've seen it twice and we just went to the New Orleans we skipped it. They do have a nice bridge.

The fog cleared long enough yesterday to get this shot of Cape Perpetua yesterday.

Cape Foulweather was named by Captain Cook in March 1787. He had a bright young navigator on board by the name of William Bligh. Captain Bligh, G. Gordon Liddy and Chuck Yeager are my three personal all-time heroes. I wrote an article about William Bligh which was published by the BBC. It's always a thrill to find a place where the great navigator and Captain visited. He brought breadfruit to the Indies. His family loved him.

As I review my pictures of the last three days, I see a lot of tide pools and exploding waves. Maybe I need to vary my focus.

We're parked south of Lincoln City on the Siletz River about two miles from the coast. You can catch King Salmon here, rent boats or charter a serious fishing trip. Coho Salmon for dinner again tonight. The RV park has a nice feel. We have a river view, cable TV, electricity and water. Life is good.

Just north of here, near Tillamook, is the "Terrible Tilly" lighthouse, which has been turned into a columbarium. For a time, you could have your remains placed her for a fee of $1,000 (in the derrick room) or $5,000 (in the lantern room). However the "Eternity at Sea" license was revoked for poor record keeping in 2005. My plan to have Mrs. Phred pack my remains in salt, wrap me in a tarp and haul me here by a mule drawn wagon are on hold, pending the legal wrangling... I may have to go to a Plan B.

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