More Moochdocking!

We camped at my buddy's place between the apple orchard and the blackberry patch. Joe Laurance, a fine example of an outstanding American. Let me brag on Joe for a bit. This man was a log hauler for 30 years in Oregon. Prior to that, he was a successful young airport manager who decided that shirt and ties were not for him. So after a long career in the timber industry, "Turbo Joe" as he is known amongst his fellow drivers, (Joe could hall 3 loads a day to the mill, most struggled for 2). Joe lives on family property settled by his kin from North Carolina, running a good length of the Upper Umpqua River. His ancestors were some of the first hearty souls to discover this part of the country, they got there around 1843 on a wagon. Fruits and vegetables burst forth from the ground seemingly everywhere. Joe's wife has a enormous killer garden that she let us run through as we saw fit. Well, Joe does indeed live in a nirvana-like part of the country, rich with timber and the spotted owl. You see, the timber industry and that cute little bird don't exactly get along famously. So the timber industry was forced to it knees and logging severely dropped off. Joe, frustrated with his lack of support from his elected officials, did the unthinkable. He joined them. Joe got himself elected to the office of Douglas County Commissioner where he righted wrongs and reached a general consensus of the community. He retired after two terms and is now keeping company with his favorite cat, Stinky. Likely pinging squirrels and blue jays off the back porch of his big log home with a cigarette and a tall glass of cider right now. USA could use a few more Joe Laurance types thats for sure. 

 We took Pancake the ambassador cheetah and her best friend in the world Dayo, the rhodesian ridgeback on a stroll. This wildlife facility is the most successful captive cheetah breeding programs in the world. 

We took Pancake the ambassador cheetah and her best friend in the world Dayo, the rhodesian ridgeback on a stroll. This wildlife facility is the most successful captive cheetah breeding programs in the world. 

 When life gives you flowers, you eat them? I told you of the bounty of Joe's garden, The zucchini flowers were out of control. So we picked em, stuffed em with a little ricotta and batter fried them up. Its an old school italian delight I picked up on in the quiet beach town of Cinque Terra on the Ligurian sea. No words.......

When life gives you flowers, you eat them? I told you of the bounty of Joe's garden, The zucchini flowers were out of control. So we picked em, stuffed em with a little ricotta and batter fried them up. Its an old school italian delight I picked up on in the quiet beach town of Cinque Terra on the Ligurian sea. No words.......

 Joe has a near replica of one of my old Harleys. We took a nice ride out to Crater Lake, couple hundred miles. The lake is actually not a crater at all. It's a caldera, the ancient remains of a once very active volcano. No meteorites to find here, Dad, you can put the metal detector away.

Joe has a near replica of one of my old Harleys. We took a nice ride out to Crater Lake, couple hundred miles. The lake is actually not a crater at all. It's a caldera, the ancient remains of a once very active volcano. No meteorites to find here, Dad, you can put the metal detector away.

 Stinky the outdoor cat took a liking to us and would hang out on the steps of the RV all the time. She does live up to her name though. always underfoot and causing problems..  But, she is so cute, and now i know why cat people post cute cat pics, it takes ten tries to get one good cat pic. But look at that tongue. Stinky!!!

Stinky the outdoor cat took a liking to us and would hang out on the steps of the RV all the time. She does live up to her name though. always underfoot and causing problems..  But, she is so cute, and now i know why cat people post cute cat pics, it takes ten tries to get one good cat pic. But look at that tongue. Stinky!!!

The Oregon coast is just....

 I took Z out on the sand, He loved it. Tracks in the sand tell no lies. You can follow some and they lead you to no where. Others lead you to dead mens graves, some, not most, lead to water. Or you can make your own tracks and blaze a trail. I suggest you find water. 

I took Z out on the sand, He loved it. Tracks in the sand tell no lies. You can follow some and they lead you to no where. Others lead you to dead mens graves, some, not most, lead to water. Or you can make your own tracks and blaze a trail. I suggest you find water. 

The Oregon coast is otherworldly. 

 Port of Port Orford. One of the only dry ports in the world. 

Port of Port Orford. One of the only dry ports in the world. 

Port Orford, a bit randy. 

Cape Blanco Lighthouse. They have a Fresnel Lens which makes this light house pretty fancy.

 Zeke truly loved the sand.

Zeke truly loved the sand.

We are wanna be goonies

The Southern Oregon coast is breathtaking with its otherworldly beauty. We beached it for a day or two. Sweetie had a breezy time. The nooks and crannys of this coast are endless. 

we found cabana one. or two, or twelve. 

And primo, did i say primo? camping. Like the best camping. look how happy the TW is,,,,

Grilled pizza.  you have never. On the left we have goat cheese, local free pear, camp site picked marion berry, olive oil and on the right is camper made pesto, sausage, tomato. ya gotta eat, and ya gotta grill. That pizza was insane! 

We have been camping in a black berry patch of some size for the past week and a half. They have been dropping of the vine into our buckets seemingly at will .So fresh black berries are an abundant staple right now. 

beach days. thats the largest monolith of the coast of Oregon. fantastic place.