On the Coast
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Morning watch, 8 bells (8:28 am)

I'm writing from Yachats, Oregon. That's pronounced YAH-hots. This is our second day here, and we're heading North up to Tillamook (and the cheese factory), then on back to Portland for another day or so (and a visit to the Oregon Zoo) before heading back home on Friday. Here's a breadown of what we've done so far:
We arrived in Portland last Friday evening. Mom was canning grape juice. I asked about taking a few with me, and she suggested that (in not so few words) we get our own. So we went out and bought some canning jars (a mean feat this time of year anywhere since the canning season is over). Then we drove out to Canby Saturday morning to pick grapes. This place has so many grapes they practically jump off the vine. We picked 95 pounds (at 50 cents per pound) and took them back to Mom's. Then we drove in to Portland proper to visit Powell's bookstore. More like Powell's Gigantic Super Book Store of Doom. I bought a bunch of books, and tried several from author's I've never read before. When the book is under $3, I figure it's worth taking a chance. I also picked up Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko on Ben Y's recommendation.

Sunday we helped can the grapes we picked, we got 44 quarts of really good grape juice. Jodie and Andrew came over and we had a family dinner of barbecued hamburgers. Sam and Robynn came over Saturday night, but didn't show up on Sunday.

Monday we left for the coast, stopping by Creswell to visit my grandparents. We took some back roads through a town called Noti, which provided us great amusement with the sign Noti Church of Christ. We were pronouncing it like naughty, and later found out it was No-Tie. We hit highway 126 and came out at Florence, on the coast. From there we drove North to Yachats, but stopped at the Sea Lion Caves for a look and some good pictures. We checked in to our B&B and backtracked a little to Neptune Beach, which has some lovely tidepools and nabbed us some great pictures.

Yesterday we went agate hunting, and drove up to Newport then back down to Ona Beach. We combed it for a while and actually found four agates, two small and two bigger. We had a great time on the beach, looking for agates and shells. After we were done there, we drove back down to Neptune, which has to be the nicest beach we've seen around here, very clean sand, wide open spaces and hardly anybody there. It also has some bright orange and purple starfish. I'll post some pictures as soon as I can get them reasonable sized down.

Right now I'm jacking some dude's net connections, he has an open wireless router but I'm a long way away from it, and don't get that great of a signal. I'll write more when I can, but it may not be until Friday.

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