Saturday, July 4, 2015

Shakespearean Fun

We left the Oregon Coast on Monday June 29, haeaded for Ashland, the Shakespeare Festival and triple digit temperatures. In ten years this is the hottest it ever has been for us.

But that does not mitigate against our enjoyment of the plays, although the outdoor Elizabethan theater has been . . . hot.

Those of you who have followed our travels have seen entries regarding our visits to Ashland over the past decade, so I’ll recount the week in sketch. Over six days, beginning Tuesday, June 30 and ending on the 5th of July, we will have seen eight plays and wandered this town. We eat, watch plays, sleep and shop, maybe in that order. Usually we take a side trip of some sort, often a shopping expedition to Jamestown, Oregon, some times to Crater Lake. It varies.

For the past two years we have been here for the 4th of July and the City of Ashland’s parade, which draws from throughout Jackson County. So here are a few snaps of this year’s parade.

A sunny last day on the coast

My traveling companions, Sharon, Rosa and Rocinante

Awaiting the start

It begins!
Local dignitaries in cool cars

President Lincoln walks. (Why not Jefferson on this day?)

Music of all sorts

The Bard, of course

Equestrians of all ages

All views equally represented, left to right

Everyone participates

Just because

Monday, June 29, 2015

Oregon Coast

We spent Sunday driving the Oregon coast from Brookings in the South to Pacific City. Along the way there were several stops, for Sharon it was a search for yarn for a crochet project. I was looking for scenic coastline and for tidepools, which obsess me whenever I am on the coast here.

In Coos Bay, Bandon, Newport and Florence, Sharon had no luck with yarn, nor I with pens, but at Sunset Bay I got my scenery and tidepools.

At this wooded cove we found scenery and . . .

sea lions

To get detail, I had to punch my 400mm lens out to 1600 digitally, thus the noise

Then at Sunset Bay

We found another lighthouse

Point Arago

and tidepools

As one father warned his daughter just before she fell, the rocks were "slicker than snot."

Saturday, June 27, 2015

North Coast

Saturday dawned clear, at least relatively speaking, and so I shot a few more pics from the balcony of our room at The Little River Inn before we went off to breakfast. There we were joined from outside the dining room window by another guest enjoying his own morning repast.

We then spent the rest of the day driving up the North Coast into Oregon, stopping a couple of times to snap some images, most notably at Patrick’s Point where the goal was to crawl the tidepools. While Sharon waited on the main trail I walked down to the bottom of Wedding Rock. That did not get me into the tidepools, but I did get a nice walk and some dramatic images of rocks and ocean.

On the Road Again

This time just for a scant ten days. Each year around this time we head up to Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Over time we have also developed a somewhat ritualized journey up the coast from San Francisco to Little River, California to Brookings, Oregon to Pacific City and then across the state and down to Ashland.

Usually I don’t blog this trip and I’m  not sure how much I’ll put up this year, but as we drove up the Sonoma and Mendocino Coasts I found myself struck anew by the beauty that is in my own backyard. And it did not hurt that I was driving California’s Route 1, my favorite road in the world and along my favorite stretch. Traffic was summer-heavy, but I did get some clear spots and went through some turns with the traction control indicator flickering.

Comparisons are invidious, so I will not even try to compare this coast to the other, nor to Cape Breton, but it is the same takes-your-breath-away scenery.

Much of the day there was fog, but I did manage to get a few presentable snaps.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Return of The PENguin

We’re baaack!

And as opposed to Jack Nicholson in The Shining, we have lots of good stuff for you and we will be working over the next few weeks to properly showcase our wide range of new offerings including a consignment of about 150 affordable American and German pens.

For now, here’s just a taste of some of the things in stock and that will be coming up.  
We have a bunch of Montblancs vintage and a few modern, check to see what's in stock
I'm surprised that this Wingflow has not sold, check for a new low price

We have a broad range of lesser known German pens available

Apologies for the image, but this lovely piece is still available

We still have the Patricians, come steal them!

We still have a few of these

Just a peek at the new and upcoming TH consignment.