Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Day Lance Came to Town

We've heard of Lance Armstrong. We've heard of Hank Williams. Some think that Lance Lambert, host of "The Vintage Vehicle Show" combines the best of both. I'm not sure about that, and I didn't even see Lance this year (unlike in 2017), but the car show was PRIMO. I'm presuming this was the day Lance Lambert came to town...

FYI, I also include Johnny Cash's tribute to Hank, below:

Friday, December 29, 2017

Elvis is in the Building

Ocean Shores may be a tourist town, but it has its little town foibles as well. One of these are the "off season" shows, events and festivals that occur. For example, the Ocean Shores Food Bank hosted an "Illusion of Elvis" that was performed by "tribute artist" Danny Vernon. The show was actually quite good and the Food Bank raised a fair bit of money.

One might wonder just how seriously an event should be taken that is held on April 1st. No kidding!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Ocean Park Present

Nancy's parents lived in the Ocean Park house, shown above. It is a double-wide with a detached garage. It was yellow when they lived there. Once or twice a year we go to visit. The neighbors and Nancy are shown below.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Tree of Life at Kalaloch Beach, Washington State
A week ago, my daughters and I went up from Ocean Shores to visit Kalaloch and "The Tree of Life." Along the way, we took a short detour to see the World's largest SpruceTree, which is on Lake Quinault.

One BIG Spruce!
As we left Kalaloch, we saw some migrating Gray Whales. Mostly, you could just see when they spouted air, but you could also see an occasional fin. They were pretty close to shore, so it was a real treat.

Friday, December 23, 2016

That Ferry Would be NICE!

El Matador Used to Ferry People between Ocean Shores and Westport. Now it Ferrys Fishermen
Back in the day, there was a passenger ferry that went back and forth between Ocean Shores and Westport. It turns out that the boat was called the El Matador, shown above. Nowadays, the Ocean Shores Marina is too silted up for the boat to run safely and regularly, so the captain instead uses the boat for fishing charters. We used it for that purpose last year, not realizing it was the old ferryboat.

Looking below, you can see the appeal of the short ferry ride compared to the LOOOOONG route by personal motor vehicle, or the even LONGER trip by public transit. Who would not prefer to board the ferry and then stroll around the small town of Westport?

Short Boat Ride or a Long Drive!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Annual Car Ritual

 Each Summer, people around the Puget Sound/Portland/SW BC area gather to show off their Jaguars. This show was in Tacoma. Yup, the same Tacoma as in the "Toyota Tacoma" truck or in the "Aroma of Tacoma" song. 



One cute feature of this year's show was an abnormally calm and tame bird that hopped around and IN the cars. I hope the little guy doesn't get hurt. He DID poop on my coat which was next to the judge gazebo, but he WAS still around at the end of the day, hopping around and occasionally flying short distances.

The car show is adjacent to "America's Car Museum" which was founded by the LeMay family. Our garbage in Ocean Shores is picked up by LeMay. I guess this is another variant of turning garbage into gold. Either way, it is a wonderful museum with constantly changing displays. This August, BMW is featured.


One might wonder just how sane entering a concours really is. Does it really make sense to PAY to have people tell you just how bad your car is? Mostly, the entrants and the judges work together and I always try to tell entrants things they can do easily to improve their cars or how stuff that they're worried about is unlikely to actually get noticed by most judges.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

North of Here

Not too far north of Ocean Shores is Lake Quinalt and the Lake Quinault Lodge. It's a pretty sweet place, left over from another era.

View of Lake Quinault Lodge from the Road
Weathervane Atop the Lake Quinault Lodge
World's Largest Sitka Spruce, Close by the Lake Quinault Lodge
Rain Gage at Lake Quinault Lodge
View from the Roosevelt Room at the Lake Quinault Lodge