Friday, October 28, 2011

Auto Museum

The National Automobile Museum in Reno is a car lovers paradise.

The history of the automobile is documented here with cars from the Harrah Collection beautifully displayed with other artifacts from the same era in each of a few different hallways and rooms.

If you like to see beautifully restored antique and classic cars, you'll love this museum.

I took dozens of pictures, but I'll just post a few that are most notable.

Here's a 1903 Ford Model A. It's not the oldest car in the museum, but it's the oldest Ford and the first affordable automobile for the general public at $850.

Here's a 1914 Detroit Electric car built by the Anderson Electric Car Company. These were produced between 1907 and 1938.

Check out some of the 40 batteries under the hood.

Here's a 1921 Ford Model T with the Lamsteed KampKar body. It could seat 6 adults, sleep 4, had a folding table, two-burner stove, 8 gallon water supply plus ample storage for blankets and clothing.
"...its only flaw was that it predated the R.V. craze by about 50 years."

The American-made Thomas Flyer won the world's first around-the-globe race in 1908. It made the 22,000-mile trip in 169 days. You can read more about it here.

There were many, many more cars, but the pictures don't do them justice. You really need to experience this place to fully appreciate it.

Since I have a great love of cars, especially old ones, there will be more car museum pictures coming soon.

Monday, October 17, 2011


This was my first journey through the redwoods. What a great drive! Thanks to Barbara for the following shot of my rig driving down the Avenue of the Giants.

We took a walk through Founder's Grove.

And we paid $1 to see the interior of a One log house. Worth the buck.

The bedroom was in the middle of the log.

The kitchen was on one end.

The living/dining room on the other end.

It was hauled around at one time. Could this be my next RV?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Blue Ox

The WINs toured the Blue Ox Millworks. Eric, the founder of Blue Ox, was our tour guide and host. Here he is standing in front of some of the antique equipment he acquired long ago. He didn't get the equipment to start a museum - he got whatever he could in order to start and run his business.

(You can click on any picture to enlarge it.)

Here's a closeup of these human-powered jigsaws. Some of these date back to the 1870's or thereabouts.  Eric demonstrated their use. He no longer uses these, but the kids who go to school here DO use these. More on the school in a bit.

Eric makes custom pieces for new houses and restorations all over the country. He showed us pictures of some of his work and here he's showing a sample of one type of work he's done.

Here's a picture of the lathe room.

Here's Eric demonstrating the use of a human-powered printing press in the printing room.

The printing press is used by the kids who go to school here. They print their own yearbooks as well as cards and poems, etc.

Regarding the school, this is from the Blue Ox Mill website:
"In 1989, the Blue Ox Millworks began hosting area students for the first time.  Through a partnership with the Humboldt Office of Education, this program was expanded in 1999 to include a full time high school.  Students of the Blue Ox spend three days of their week in a regular classroom setting, and spend the remainder of their days at the Ox participating in project based learning.  After 4-6 years they graduate with a regular high school diploma and a valuable trade. "

We were told that the kids that attend school here are those who haven't done well in regular school and were considered "trouble". There are 24 kids who go to school at Blue Ox. We had the opportunity to meet some of them who were working in the ceramic shop (sorry, no picture for that) and one of the students who became an instructor in the blacksmith shop.

The kids also learn how to smoke fish and can it. They learn to work in all the different shops and they make things that are sold in the gift store. The kids get half of the sale price and the other half goes into the program.

I enjoyed this tour as much as I'd enjoyed any tour anywhere and I highly recommend it to anyone in or around Eureka, CA.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oregon Coast

I met up with the WINs in Winchester Bay where they were parked at a marina. I was only there a day before they moved on, but really liked the views and the feel of the place. Reminded me more of a New England coastal town than anything west coast.

From there, we went to North Bend where we did some hiking and touring. One day, we went to a Myrtlewood factory, House of Myrtlewood. Myrtlewood is a hardwood that grows only in this area (OR and CA). Each piece that's made with myrtlewood is unique as the grain varies tremendously in color and design. There was plenty for sale.

After going there, we just HAD to check out the largest myrtlewood tree in Oregon while hiking one day.

We also hiked to some waterfalls. This one is Silver Falls.

We visited a candy factory, Cranberry Sweets. I loved the displays.

And watching the candy being made.

It was also fun to check out some of the dozens of samples. I did buy a couple treats which I'm rationing while driving down the coast.

In Gold Beach, we were parked next to the Rogue river in a field of anise.

I just loved stepping out of the rig in the morning and smelling the "licorice".

Further down the coast now and it's raining. Again. If you find the pitter-patter of rain on the roof soothing and peaceful, then this is the place for you. Personally, I hear my beloved desert calling me home.