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Just because one can never have enough photos of your wife and yourself on the web, here’s another…
Sunset at Crater Lake - Hil & Me

Sunset at Crater Lake – Hil & Me

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This is a continuation of the series of blogs I was writing about the drive I took with my wife (Hil) and our youngest daughter (Sarah) back at the end of July.  The main point of the trip was to see Crater Lake.  Along the way, I wanted to see some redwoods, some light houses, some waterfalls and some covered bridges…
The day two drive seemed the longest.  We had to go from Crescent City – in northern California – half-way up the coast of Oregon to spend the night at Florence, Oregon.  We were going to Florence because a friend at work had  told me it had an “old town” with lots of little shops my wife would love.  I thought it would be the high light of the trip for her so I planned for us to stay in a hotel right in the old town area.
We did.  We stayed at the Old Town Inn which was directly off the bridge entering town and around the corner from the old town area.  The hotel was clean and friendly (if a bit musty smelling), but it was ideal for price and location.  There is a free “lite” continental breakfast and pretty good parking.  We also recommend it.  The particulars are:
Old Town Inn
Florence, Oregon
Just north of the Siuslaw River Bridge at 170 Highway 101
The AAA guide says you have to book for two nights – but you don’t.  I would recommend calling ahead for reservations as the hotel is so close to the sand skiing areas, it can get full earlier than you’d expect.
For dinner we went to “Mo’s” restaurant.  It was scenic if you can get a window table overlooking the Siuslaw River and we got a sundown view of the bridge.  The price was reasonable and the service was good, but the food was only average-to-good.
To be honest, we were disappointed with the shops in the Old Town.  I had browsed the web and got the impression it was a neighborhood.  In fact, it was more of a three-block strip.  It was kind of a miniature Fisherman’s Wharf tourist area with T-shirt shops and a few local restaurants and bars.
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Ok.  A little background first…
Our youngest (Sarah) did a report on a volcano named Mount Mazama about six years ago.  As it turns out, the volcano blew up and became what is today called Crater Lake.  Sarah is a Harry Potter fan and as you would have it, Crater Lake has an island – called Wizard Island – in it.  So, Sarah has always wanted to visit the lake.
Not knowing this, James and I went out for a cruise last year and ended up at Crater Lake.  This was my way to smooth the ruffled feathers…
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Thursday (07/30/2009), James and I drove up to see Crater Lake in Oregon.  Friday we came back along the CA coast (Grant’s Pass to Crescent City to Eureka to Santa Rosa to Concord).
We listened to music and just talked.  I had a good time just being alone with my son and cruising in the car.  Crater Lake was spectacular and the drive back down thru the redwoods was beautiful.  I highly recommend both to anyone.
Today, the whole family went to support **** **** in his run for Congress.  Rebecca and Sarah are both actively working for the campaign.
[Note: this blog has been edited – on 16 Oct 2010 – to remove information specific to a partisan candidate.   Neither the candidate’s name nor the link led to a page designed to contribute directly to the candidate’s campaign.
I have recently become aware of rules stating federal employees are not to post information for active partisan campaigns on blogs or social sites.  I am a federal employee and subject to the Hatch Act.  Obviously, this campaign has concluded, but I am removing the name and link to comply with the spirit as well as the letter of the law.  Further, I have reviewed my entire blog to ensure compliance with this new “understanding” of my requirements.
I have links to sites which are partisan, but the links are to the HOME pages and not to specific pages for contributing funds for parties or candidates.  I believe this is in compliance with the Hatch Act requirements.
If you click through any of my links to these sites and find the “HOME” pages have been changed to pages specifically created to contribute funds for active campaigns or candidates, please notify me and I will remove the link until the link is returned to a “normal” home page.]
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