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Saturday, 14 March 2015

At last, Allan and I left for the long awaited trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.  Allan suggested these photos of crossing the four plus mile long Astoria Megler bridge in foul weather:

bridge

a long stretch with no escape from trouble

a long stretch with no escape from trouble

flock of gulls riding the air currents

flock of gulls riding the air currents

up...

up…

and around...

and around…

On the flatland again...with the scariest part over...we turn south.

On the flatland again…with the scariest part over…we turn right and go south.

7 Dees garden center, Seaside

Past Seaside, we stop at 7 Dees.

Past Seaside, we stop at 7 Dees.

I got myself a corydalis and a new-to-me pulmonaria.

I got myself a corydalis and a new-to-me pulmonaria.

and all of these Eryngium 'Jade Frost' at just $6 each.

and all of these Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at just $6 each.

On we go down the foggy coast road.

On we go down the foggy coast road.

Monkey Business 101 Nursery

38005 Hwy 101 South
Cloverdale, Oregon 97112

Teresa from The Planter Box had suggested we stop at a nursery called Monkey Business.

a road to the left just after Cloverdale, Oregon

a road to the left just after Cloverdale, Oregon

a sign that made me laugh

a sign that made me laugh

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

The nursery specializes in monkey puzzle trees and has a lot of other cool plants.  The woman who is the plant nut was not there; she was off at some sort of dog event with the smarter dog.  We bought our plant selection from her spouse.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got two of these spider azaleas, one for me, and one for Steve and John if they want one.

I got two of these spider azaleas, one for me, and one for Steve and John if they want one.

a rhododendron area stretching out behind the greenhouses

a rhododendron area stretching out behind the greenhouses

and to the side (Allan's photo)

and to the side (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I found this narrow leaved hosta interesting enough to buy one, despite slug fears.

I found this narrow leaved hosta interesting enough to buy one, despite slug fears.

more rhodos

more rhodos

healthy and pretty dianthus

healthy and pretty dianthus

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

one of the dogs (Allan's photo)

one of the dogs (Allan’s photo)

the sign by the road

the sign by the road

Sunday, 15 March 2015:  Allan’s drive home

Wheeler, Oregon

Allan only stayed one night and drove home on Sunday.

just south of the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport

Here are some photos he took in Wheeler, Oregon.  I had been intrigued by the look of the Wheeler Hotel.

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an old photo of the Wheeler Hotel

as it is today (having lost one letter to a storm)

as it is today (having lost one letter to a storm)

inside

inside

a nearby bakery

a nearby bakery

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I’m sure this was named before seeing the horror of tsunamis elsewhere.

 

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driving through a windstorm, with the gale at his back.  (Gusts up to 100 in Newport!)

driving through a windstorm, with the gale at his back. (Gusts up to 100 in Newport!)

He arrived home to lots of twiggy storm debris in front of our garage...blown over the house from the bogsy woods.

He arrived home to lots of twiggy storm debris in front of our garage…blown over the house from the bogsy woods.

chairs and branches blown around in the back yard

chairs and branches blown around in the back yard

It was quite a storm; the chairs rarely blow this far from the fire circle.

It was quite a storm; the chairs rarely blow this far from the fire circle.  I rode it out in the swaying Sylvia Beach Hotel.

two storm flags at the Port of Ilwaco

two storm flags at the Port of Ilwaco

Thursday, 19 March 2015

  So on the way home five days later, I had a different companion: Carol, who had driven down from Seattle to join me on Sunday evening.  On our drive home, I searched Trip Advisor for a lunch stop and I was fortunate to find a garden center with a café and with five star food review, located just south of Tillamook, Oregon.

Hidden Acres Greenhouse

hidden

display garden

display garden

 

a big gunnera emerging

a big gunnera emerging

outside the Café

outside the Café

display

bonsai

door to the café

door to the café

inside

inside

A mahjong club was meeting.

A mahjong club was meeting.

many attractive displays

many attractive displays

inside

display

beach

The café counter

The café counter; the young man was the sandwich maker.

table service, and a menu

table service, and a menu

the view from our table

the view from our table

delicious food

delicious food

after lunch: out to explore the nursery

after lunch: out to explore the nursery

birdbaths

That's Highway 101 in the background; the nursery is just a bit down South Praire Road

That’s Highway 101 in the background; the nursery is just a bit down South Praire Road

plants

I can tell this place will have a good selection of interesting plants.

I can tell this place will have a good selection of interesting plants.

Digiplexis, not easy to find around here!  (I got just one because of the size of Carol's car.)

Digiplexis, not easy to find around here! (I got just one because of the size of Carol’s car.)

a whole shelf of just-emerging Terra Nova plants

a whole shelf of just-emerging Terra Nova plants

I definitely plan to be back to this nursery on a day trip later this year (and Monkey Business, too!)

Now, on the usual plethora of Sylvia Beach Hotel entries.  I will publish twice a day till I get caught up; those of you who are not as interested in SBH as I am could wait till gardening posts return perhaps three days hence.  WARNING: To avoid two lengthy posts a day going on and on and on and ON about the SBH, tune back in on March 27th for a boating excursion by Allan.

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My previous two blog entries were placeholders from my phone.  Not easy!   Here’s the real deal.

On Wednesday, I would like to have taken more photos going down the coast, but we were eager to reach our destination and I did not want to pester Carol to stop for each lovely ocean view.  We did take this photo behind a restroom in, I believe, the Nehalem area:

river view

quite a view from a restroom deck

I found it oddly amusing that the sign was for “WOMAN” and “MEN”.

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a beautiful fence on a side street in the same little town

a beautiful fence on a side street in the same little town

On the way, I looked for a house that I had seen the previous year so that I could get a photo for my Purple House Society page.  I thought it was in Nehalem, and when I did not see it assumed it had been painted or demolished, but in Cloverdale, there it was!

There it is!

There it is!

adorable and memorable

adorable and memorable

It goes back further than you would think, but the backside is not painted purple.

backside of the purple house

backside of the purple house

the view from a deck next door

the view from a deck next door

and next door to that...

and next door to that…

Lincoln City

Lincoln City

On we went, hungry, and Trip Advisor guided me to the Nepali Kitchen in Lincoln City.  In the bleak stretch of stores that seem to go on for miles on the highway through Lincoln City (sorry, but the least charming part of the coast), where even the streetlights are in a hurry and give the pedestrian a 15 second countdown, we found this oasis.   I had eaten there before when it was the Sun Garden Café.

Nepali Kitchen

Nepali Kitchen

Inside we found great ambience, Indian music (with two songs I recognized from Shah Rukh Khan films) and good food.

Nepali Kitchen

Nepali Kitchen

Nepali Kitchen

love

Nepali

The food was delicious.  I have found it rare to be able to get Puri, my favourite Indian bread.  Here, it is the bread of choice.

puri and curry rice

puri and curry rice

by our table

by our table

As with the former Sun Garden café, there is a back patio on which to sit.  If I had remembered that it had a cover, and would therefore be out of the wind, we would have sat there.

covered patio

covered patio

patio

patio

patio

covered patio

As you can tell, I was very taken with this place and wish them great success.

On the road again we passed more gorgeous scenery.  This video tour does a good job of capturing the Oregon coast in just four minutes, and at 1:31 is the view from our destination, The Sylvia Beach Hotel.

For two days I did not leave the hotel except to cross the street to April’s restaurant.  Carol did take a walk through the neighbourhood.  While the weather appeared nice, a strong cold wind blew on the beach and a small craft advisory was up.  And the spell of the hotel is strong.

After leaving the hotel today (Friday), we made it down to the historic bayfront for a morning walk.  If you drove through town and over the Newport bridge, you might think the main drag revealed a town as drab as the Lincoln City highway, but drop to the west into the Nye Beach neighbourhood where the Sylvia Beach resides or, north of the bridge, down to the old bayfront, and you will find several blocks of charmingly ramshackle shops, a marina of interesting fishing boats, and a herd? of sea lions.

Newport Bay

by Newport Bay

Newport

two blocks or more of charmingly ramshackle shops

bait and tackle dog

tavern

I had absolutely no desire to visit the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not museum but I loved the building that houses it, an arcade and a sushi restaurant.  It had the only bayside evidence of landscaping.

Ripley's building

Ripley’s building

Ripley's

The colour scheme of the waterfront buildings appears planned to be cobalt blue.

on the water

on the water

fish plant

fish plant

This was as close as Carol and I got to the Local Ocean restaurant.  We’d intended to take my friend Nancy’s recommendation and eat there…till the SBH worked its wiles on us.

Local Ocean

Local Ocean

We turned our attention to the docks and interpretive signs about fishing.

sleeping in the sun

sleeping in the sun

sign

sign

sign

boats

boats

boats

sign

fishing

sign

Some birds for Mr. Tootlepedal:

gulls

gulls

And a pile of sea lions, whose lives seem to consist of snoozing and squabbling with each other.

sea lion plea

sea lion plea

article

sea lion dock

sea lion dock

the biggest one

the biggest one

sea lion

The pile would not let a solitary one climb aboard.

The pile would not let a solitary one climb aboard.

It swam around with its back flippers up.

It swam around with its back flippers up.

rejected

rejected

It swam to the less populated end of the dock...

It swam to the less populated end of the dock…

and was allowed to climb up.

and was allowed to climb up.

We followed the sea lion viewing with some espresso at a place with a wonderful view.

espresso place

espresso place

And then we headed north.  Carol is a professional driver for Seattle Metro buses.  I would like to note that I feel quite calm while riding with her. For one thing, she never passes just to get ahead and save a few minutes.  This makes the trip very relaxing for me.   We got as far as Wheeler before stopping again for a late lunch at the Tsunami Bar and Grill, recommended on Trip Advisor.  There were two other places we would have loved to try:  Bread and Ocean in Manzanita or Wanda’s Café in Nehalem, but both closed at two, effectively cutting themselves off from most people making a trip from the south coast.  We do not understand this!  It is our woe every time we make the trip.  Happily, we now have a place to stop.  Tsunami had delicious food with a burger/fish n chips side to the menu and a selection of Vietnamese style dishes.

Tsunami Bar and Grill

Tsunami Bar and Grill

From the back deck. I saw a familiar view, almost the same angle as photos I had taken back in ’94 or ’95.

Wheeler

Wheeler

from the Tsunami deck

from the Tsunami deck

The estuary leads to the ocean

The estuary leads to the ocean

Over fifteen years ago, to take photos of the view, I must have stood where Carol stood today.

Carol reading interpretive sign

Carol reading interpretive sign

Closer to home, my mind began to return to work so we stopped at Gearhart’s Back Alley Gardens so I could briefly scope out what was on offer.

At Back Alley

At Back Alley

But before I get back to writing about gardening, I have at the very least two more entries to make about the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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