Sunday, September 03, 2006

Westfir Casey's Riverside

Casey's Riverside RV is a cool place on the Willamette river East of our home. Little touches like this hammock.

The River is pretty full and fast here and the views all around are very special.

This double swing is in the perfect place to view the convergence of the North fork of the Willamette and THE Willamette.

The musemobile seems to be happy here with good Satellite TV and WiFi connections.

The drive we took today started out in the town of Westfir driving under a railroad trestle that takes trains over the river.

Then through a forest with ever increasing (in size) pines.

We stopped at a pullout and were greeted with this beautiful forest sight.

The pullout was the trailhead for a nice forest hike and it was called Constitution Grove, because these giant old growth pines were young trees when the Constitution of the U.S. was signed.

Click on this picture to enlarge it and read the inscription.

Many of the trees have signs with the names of the signers of the Constitution this one is George Washington.

... and this one is James Madison (looks like someone disagrees about his State)

... Alexander Hamilton

...finally Ben Franklin

At the head of the trail there is a sign to appropriately start the hike with the Declaration of Independence.

From there you can go to find more signs with the signers names and walk among the 250 foot tall pines and cedars.

On the way back we stopped by an old swimming hole but found no skinny dippers at this one.

That shot was taken from this bridge with directions back to Constitution Grove.

The river is lovely here

People even fish here and it's a great spot for wild or domesticated trout.

But sometimes becomes a disaster as this fill stream carved a chunk out of the hill and the road below.

On the way back we saw this painting on a wall outside of the town. Pretty cool but I have no idea what it means.

Then there is the Westfir Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Oregon and a beautiful one at that.

The Westfir Inn a beautiful B&B is for sale if anyone is interested - it's next to the covered bridge and a beautiful place. If any of our friends from Massachusetts want to move it's the perfect place. It's also just downstream from some of the greatest "Wild Trout" fly fishing in the country. See the guy in the next picture.

Fishing for his boots several boulders away.

Scrabble Score - Scrabble Queen 323 - the Contender 301 (I knew I needed to give up this game)

Quote of the Day ~ "Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) Little known fact:
Benjamin Franklin wrote the first Declaration of Independence!

In 1775, Franklin, disgusted with the arrogance of the British and appalled by the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, wrote a Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was enthusiastic. But, he noted, many other delegates to the Continental Congress were "revolted at it." It would take another year of bitter conflict to persuade the Congress to vote for the Declaration of Independence written by Jefferson -- with some astute editorial suggestions by Franklin.

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