"Round, round, get around, I get around . . ." This Beach Boys ditty could be the story of my life. Lots of travel! And not only that, but I really did see the Beach Boys, live on stage at Chinook Winds Casino. Their performance was part of Surf City, a weekend featuring a classic car show and auction.
I must admit, when Mike Love first appeared, he looked like his handlers had just taken him out of a bottle of formaldehyde and propped him up on stage. He was stiff as a board and his lips barely moved. But as he warmed up and the audience gave him their adulation, he came to life. And he was very endearing, making lots of self-deprecating jokes about getting older rather than pretending that he wasn't. The next morning, I stood in line for breakfast behind keyboard player Bruce Johnston as he told a group of women fans about his quadruple bypass surgery. Ahh, the life of an aging rocker.
Then, after checking out the classic car auction, I headed home to Florence. On the way, I stopped at the Green Salmon Coffee and Tea House in Yachats. Here, I was so inspired by what I had to eat that I created a whole new department, "Serendipity," for the magazine.
On another September trip, I headed down to Gold Beach and went up the Rogue with Jerry's Rogue Jets. It was a beautiful day, and as we headed upriver—52 miles—we shed our layers of clothing and soaked up the sun. The Rogue is beautiful and unspoiled, home to eagles, bear, deer, and, at certain times of year, lots of salmon and sturgeon fishermen.
On the way south, we stopped to eat in Port Orford, where we watched a commercial fishing boat come in well after sunset. As we learned, when you get to the dock in Port Orford, your work is not over. After unloading the fish from your boat, you have to hook it up to a big crane, lift it out of the water, swing it over the dock, and gently lower it onto a trailer. Then you use your pickup truck, straining at the weight, to pull your boat into line with the rest of the boats on the dock. My friend and I looked at each other and vowed we'd never complain about the price of fish again.
In this issue, don’t miss Judy Fleagle's profile of Depoe Bay, site of the world's smallest navigable harbor and a draw for pirate-lovers, whale-lovers, storm-watchers, and anyone who likes a good bowl of chowder. Vickie Higgins has visited glass blowers up and down the coast and put together a lovely story on the best of the best in glass art. On the foodie front, Marcie Bushnell discovers the truth about oysters (they're wonderful) and our writers smoke out the best places to buy smoked meat and fish on the coast. And last but not least, Emily Kolkemo profiles Florence's well-known Funky Monkey toy store. Enjoy!
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