T/Blues: 06/28/2012

Salem proves a wonderful walking town.

Remain captivated by their train depot (speculate on leaving van in Salem and taking “commuter” train into Portland).

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Willamette Heritage Center… old mill

Start with their fascinating Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill. It’s a collection of historical mission buildings, sited on a hand-built creek of narrow proportion to activate its mill.

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Willamette Heritage Center… new commerce

Within, some mill facets remain, but a “new generation” of commerce also is apparent.

Continue onto 12th Street, with its cute Roxxy Theater, its long line of sturdy red-brick Willamette University “halls” stretching toward downtown.

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State Capitol… front

Detour over to 9th to be impressed by gardens, fountains & decoration associated with state capitol building. Am amazed that surrounding Willson-Capitol Park remains nearly deserted.

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Elsinore Theater… back alley mural (which can YOU name?)

At “downtown” core, am delighted that Elsinore Theater’s back-alley mural features screen stars of an earlier era. Along Commercial St, low-rise buildings charm & surprise: “Gallagher’s Fitness Center”?

Volunteers hang posters and put up large tents anticipating upcoming Salem’s upcoming “Waterfont Days”. At river’s edge, stern-paddlewheeler “Willamette Queen” rests before the onslaught.

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Riverfront Park: Carousel… tile mural in Men’s Room

On a ridge, overlooking this river, a “Fly Fisherman” sculpture is a nice touch. Even my tired old “prostrate” (it’s laying down on the job) gland contributes… at their carousel, a tiled carousel horse graces men’s room wall.

(Have a sorta bizarre incident… can’t find a mailbox, so, step into police station [dare I report all Salem’s mailboxes STOLEN? I daren’t {a sense of humor is rarely a major prerequisite of police reumes}, but, oh, the temptation] to inquire whereabouts of post office. In line in front of me, a young woman states she’s there to pick up a package for “Dona K-A-E-M-F-K-E”. Mind boogling, as a SF friend is Janice Kaempke. Inquire, but Dona knows of no SF relatives.)

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Willamette Mission MP… Civil War re-enactors setting up shop

Head out back roads toward Willamette Mission SP. Civil War re-enactors are setting up their “Quartermaster Shop” and a few personal tents are already visible.

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Willamette Mission SP… Civil War re-enactors… bivouac

Walk trails to find that tho mission is gone, it is not forgotten. Alas, a chance to ride a “Toonerville Ferry” across the river is thwarted, as dredging is in progress.

Drive scenic OR-214, and, just outside Silverton, chase onto Gallon Bridge Rd: Gallon Covered Bridge and on into Sublimity to overnight @ Silver Falls SP

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