Sea Lion Caves

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 252016
 

Note: This story appeared in the September-October, 2011 issue of the Gypsy Journal. I love roadside attractions. I think my fascination with them started when I was a kid, rolling down Route 66 or old U.S. 30 in the back seat of my dad’s Hudson. I think we stopped at every teepee motel and tourist […]

Happy Birthday Jan!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 252015
 

Before I do anything else, I want to wish our dear friend Jan White a happy birthday. I know there must be a special place in heaven for a woman like Jan, because she’s a saint. I mean, not only does she put up with her hubby Greg, she even tolerates the two of us […]

A Three Hour Tour

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212015
 

It’s almost exactly 125 miles from the gate at the Seaside Thousand Trails preserve to the gate at Whalers Rest Thousand Trails, just south of Newport, Oregon. But it’s a slow 125 miles. Between a lot of twists and turns and road conditions that are often less than perfect, U.S. Highway 101 in Oregon is […]

I Could Live Here

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 092015
 

A lifetime ago when I first got into the newspaper business I owned several small town weeklies and shoppers in the Pacific Northwest, including three here in Oregon. But one town I never had a publication in and always wanted to, was Newport. I fell in love with this charming town way back then and […]

Newport Bayfront

 Posted by at 3:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 282013
 

We love wandering around the waterfront in Newport, Oregon. If we ever hang up the keys and decide to settle down in the Pacific Northwest, this would be the place. U.S. Highway 101 is the main road through town and the Deco District, where neat old commercial buildings hold fun shops selling books, antiques, and […]

Time To Go

 Posted by at 2:59 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 242013
 

Well, after running through some more tests yesterday morning and a phone call to Westland Sales, which provides parts and service advice to Splendide washer/dryer owners, the news was not good. The control board is shot and replacement boards are no longer available for that model. Now what? Greg White told me to send him […]

Aug 302013
 

When I saw the above on a sign in front of a business yesterday, I knew exactly how they feel. It’s been cold, windy and rainy for days now, as it has been for much of our summer, and we’re getting very tired of the gloom. Our original plan was to leave the Long Beach […]

Yaquina Head

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 152011
 

With the new issue of the paper at the printer’s, we have some time to play. And that’s just what we did yesterday! Yaquina Head Lighthouse, a mile or so north of Newport, has been guiding ships safely along the coast since 1873, and today the lighthouse and surrounding 100 acres are administered by the […]

A Rainy Day In Newport

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 132011
 

We woke up to rain yesterday morning, and it never let up all day long. It wasn’t a hard rain, just one of those gray, drizzly Pacific Northwest coastal days that I remember so well from the years I lived in this region. The temperature never hit 60 all day long, and we used our […]

Jun 082011
 

Yesterday was a day for spouting horns and lighthouses. We had a UPS shipment that was scheduled for delivery to the South Jetty NACO campground yesterday, and since we had cancelled our stay there, we wanted to stop by and ask them to hold it for us, if it hadn’t already arrived. It hadn’t, and […]