Year End in Review (2017) Part III

Oh, I promise this is the last one. We just went so many places, even with a few months off, it has taken a long time to show off. Well it is only three posts and not twenty-something.

To see Part I (local hills) and Part II (mostly Nevada, Southern Utah and Eastern California)

At the end of October, we  made a trip to Grass Valley in the Sierra foothills. First we stopped at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. (I used to work for Southern Pacific.) We had fun with  many new exhibits.

We wandered around the state park at the Empire Mines. You can live pretty well, as owner, given that you don’t have to actually work in “the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mine”. It operated from 1856 to 1956.

Grass Valley and Nevada City really know how to celebrate Halloween. Grass Valley closed part of downtown for kids to trick or treat from store to store. In Nevada City, many homes got serious about decorations.

I’m sure we walked more places, but one of the most memorable and a new one to us, was Deer Island in Marin County. No longer an island it does overlook wetlands (and Hwy 101 and 37). We found this amazing bay tree – Mike and Cole posed for size comparison. (Can you see them? Apologies for the quality of the phone picture.)

A place we often walk is Spring Lake, this time we enjoyed the dog play in the swimming lagoon.

And then with a bizarre break in the rain pattern (one that aggravated the Southern California fires) we took the chance to go to Oregon in early December.

In Salem, Oregon, a formal Riverfront Park follows the Willamette River. A children’s museum, ice rink and carousal are only steps from downtown. A new bridge connects to the wild lands and trails of Minto-Brown Island Park.

Before we left this part of the state we went to a small town of Silverton and the Oregon Gardens. Even in winter this botanical garden was spectacular with a vast variety of trees.

Always ones to enjoy the ocean, we spent some time at Lincoln City on the Oregon coast.

Lincoln City also has a large Devil’s Lake. Mike is crazy about lakes.

South of there the Siletz River met the ocean in a grand looking place.

And finally at year end, we had Christmas Day ‘dinner’ at Doran Beach. Doran is our default place to go. I can verify that with the most pictures I have of any one place. (This tree near the jetty had a few ornaments.)

All in all it was a great traveling year. Hope you all have a great new year.

Lynn & Mike Millar



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