Tuesday, July 29
Sunday last we got in a Tanglebox expedition to Maud Williamson State Park on our way to Salem. It's a scenic sliver of a park with some old growth fir trees. It took us a while to find the box -- the clue told us to start at a memorial stone, and it wasn't until I made my bathroom visit just prior to leaving that we even found the stone!
Tangleboxing is like low-tech geocaching. You have a little booklet with clues, and you make yourself a stamp. When you follow the clues and find the box, you leave a copy of your stamp in the register, and use the stamp in the box to stamp your little booklet. It's a good way to learn about city and county parks.
We quite enjoyed Bite & Brew of Salem. We stayed in the local craft beer section for our tastes, and chose Fusion (self-described as "Semi-Authentic Vietnamese Food") for our lunch. The crossover banh mi tacos were wonderful. The venue in Riverfront Park was small and not crowded, the weather was fine with a breeze off the Willammette River, and so was the music. Altogether a very pleasant day.
Monday we journeyed to the coast to climb Cascade Head from the bottom (we did the moderate hike in the linked post). I wimped out before the very top, sitting on a rock and enjoying the breeze, watching the elk on the distant hillside. I even spotted a bald eagle! I did get high enough to capture the terrific view.
We were delayed in traffic on our way to the coast, so it was late when we finished our hike. But any time is a good time to eat at the Blackfish Cafe in Lincoln City. Good food, good service, draft beer. We ate local rockfish, chips, and slaw.
Today we are back to routine. Walk into town, yoga, walk home. But then ... we took the picnic quilt for another airing, enjoying the guilty pleasures of braunschweiger and a chewy baguette, a nice IPA, and two ripe, juicy plums. And we found the tanglebox in Ed Grenfell Park.
The park is filled with huge, old trees, and Baker Creek runs through it. The rustle of the trees in the breeze, the chirping of cicadas, and the babble of the creek ... make you want a nap. (Of course I'm sure the beer helped!)
Zach drove to Flagstaff on Sunday, to Amarillo on Monday, and today is arrived at Ft. Worth and triumphantly texted, "I have keys". On to a different life at TCU's Neeley School of Business.