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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Golf and Oddities from Winthrop, WA

During our four day stay here in Winthrop, I was able to get in 9 holes of golf at the local course.  I have a new driver that I was fitted for and it has made a world of difference.  I am getting about 30 more yards on drives.  And most are going really straight.  As an example, on hole 9, a 539 yard par 5, my tee shot went about 230.  Then my 3 wood went about 200 yards leaving me 110 or so to the pin.  I used my 7 iron into the wind and dropped it a foot from the hole for an easy birdie.

With my old driver, I would hope for about 185 or so, and would plan to get on the green in 4 shots.  Now, I can actually plan to get in good shape to par these monsters.

You may ask what my golf game is doing here in this blog, but remember, the topic is oddities – and my golf game is definitely “odd!”



This bakery was just across the street from where we ate lunch today.  Not my usual take on the meaning of “rocking horse!”


I could think of many comebacks to this one.  For example, “wonder what his wife thinks?”  Or "this gives a whole new meaning to the question ‘want to horse around?’”


If you watch the show “American Pickers” you will recognize Mike in the middle as one of the two pickers.  Apparently, he visited here this time last year.


Here we are in June and as we walked home, we came across this manger scene amongst the weeds.  Check out the lantern hanging from Joseph’s shepherds staff.  Guess he forgot his flashlight.


This is a picture of one of our referee crews before a semi-pro game earlier this month.  The nearest official appears to be carefully studying the intersection of the sideline and the 50 yard line.  The leftmost official in the middle of the field is praying for divine intervention while the other looks on.


The only thing odd about this picture is that it is not an oddity here at all.  In the North Cascades National Park, at almost every turn, you can see large waterfalls this time of year.  You can even look across the valley and see scads of them.  It would be interesting to do a count of them, but you’d be up into three digits very quickly!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Oddities and Beauties

If you have been reading Carol’s blog at, you know she has a new camera and has been busy taking pictures during our travels.  Since she gets better pictures, I have decided to change the flavor of my blog a bit.

Rather than duplicate the stories of our travels, I’m just going to blog about the odd and the beautiful things I run into during our trips with maybe an RV repair item once an a while as they happen.  This way we won’t be duplicating pictures and descriptions of travel points.  So if you want to know where we are and what we’ve seen, Carol’s blog is the place to be.  But for things that strike me as odd or just beautiful, look no further….

So, to get started, during our recent trip to Newport, as we were walking along the Hatfield Marine Center campus, I came across this weird sight.


From another angle, you can see the whole roof is full of these tubes sticking up. This really got my curiosity, and after some research, I found out that these are vent stacks for environmental research enclosures.


This next “oddity” is from the Newport Aquarium grounds.  They have found a nice way to tell you not to throw coins in the water feature!


Next is the 18th hole at Camas Meadows Golf Course.  It is a long par 5 hole and if you look carefully, there is Spider Man climbing a tree to get a look at his next shot.  He has been there for about a year now.


This next picture was taken at sunset out our front yard recently.  You can see many contrails all heading in the same direction.  The sky conditions were just right for the contrails to last a long time.


Here is a tree in North Cascades National Park that has fallen over.  The root system is totally exposed and apparently was extremely shallow.  No wonder it didn’t stay up!


Lastly, here is a really pretty view into the forest during our walk today.  The camera doesn’t do the lighting justice but trust me, it was a great view.


Now I will start collecting a new set of oddities and beauties for the next post.  So I won’t be posting as often, but hopefully it should be entertaining, in a weird sort of way!  Stay Tuned!