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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 7, 1997 19 1 Super wonderful perf0000,00:l: vacation Tonight is the night. Shirley gets off at 11 p.m. and we're off for two weeks of running through the surf and laughing in the rain. It's vacation time! So long desert. Hello Pacific Coast. First stop the Oregon Coast and work our way north until we bump into Canada. Yes sir! We are no light weights when it comes to vacations. We've been practicing taking for- mal vacations since 1991. We've camped, we've stayed in motels. We've visited a fine hotel in Victoria, British Colum- bia. We keep notes and take names. We've even caught a few salmon to mark our rise to becoming official Califor- nia tourists. Being California tourists, I often make it a point to tell people in other communities how we do things in California. Naturally the California way is the only proper way and folks in other states are thrilled to hear how things are done in Los Angeles. Often people with whom I share these California truths are often bashful about expressing their gratitude for the knowledge I share with them. Several years ago we were sharing a motel hot tub wi several other couples in Wenatchee, Wash. Our bathing companions had noticed our California plates and were eyeing us somewhat askance. One of our male companions ever so slightingly asked what we though of Wenatchee. The surrounding country is mostly tree clad mountains and rolling agricultural lands featuring tree fruits, apples and such. Quite nice country and I had lived there in 1945. However, I can't resist a slight tug to the beard of the self-anointed. I mentioned that the country was seriously underdevel- oped and trees on the lower mountain slopes could easily yield to some wonderful stucco and tile roofed condominium projects. While my bathing companion did a slow burn, I continued to wax enthusiastic on grand plans for golf resorts and retirement communities on the gently roiling orchard lands. My erstwhile expert on all things local began to actually raise the temperature of the water as he turned red and puffed up with anger at my thoughtless Californaisms. Grinding his teeth in fury he spouted that he'd lived in this Wenatchee area In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty for over 10 years and didn't want any by damn Californians telling him how to run his state. While he was verging on the edge of apoplexy, I gently explained to my flap jawed guardian of all things Washingto- nian, that I 0 years was no big deal. I was born here. (I always have been such a socially pleasant chap.) Ah vacation. No plans, No goals. No real timed destination. Our best day's traveling covered a total of 12 . miles. We were crossing over a bridge shortly after breakfast and Shirley looked out and mentioned that she = saw canoes. The conversation quickly ii !iii!: turned to the small pointy boats and how we might get one. Several hours later we were in a campground on Ben Bow lake and spent a delightful several days paddling around the lake and river. On Highway 101, I saw a highway sign with the image of a fish. We turned in and discovered Salmon Harbor on Winchester Bay in Oregon. It has become one of our favorite places. Folks we met have become close friends and many adventures start from a very inexpensive motel right on the water. Moclips, Wash. The end oftbe road and many maps don't show the way to it. The people that own the motel have become our friends and the rates are under thirty dollars for a room on the beach. Empty wild beaches. Walk forever and see not another soul. If a little more civilized excitement is wanted, developments are only twenty miles away and all the sea side hoopla is available in a cheerful fun filled atmosphere of summer fun. Last trip we discovered Port Orford, Ore. A postcard come to life. We met a waitress that had trouble finding shoes and we sent her a catalog. She has written and we expect to see her again this trip. No doubt a new friend on the roads of Oregon. Friends? Met a fellow near Forks, Wash. He was an out of work logger and doing some chainsaw sculpture. Stop at the General Store in Baker and see the wooden Indian he did for us. There's a whole bunch of really neat people out there. Tonight the adventure be- gins. We don't even know Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn Don't forget about the Senior's Ice Cream Sundae and swap meet on Sunday, August 10. There will also be a sweet shoppe with lots of goodies. Come and have one of their famous banana splits. The Senior Center is in need of donations from people's gardens. Any kind of produce would be helpful. The clinic will be doing free sports physicals August 18-22 and 25-29. If you are planning on playing any sports in high school or middle school you need to get your physical now. This is the only time they will be free. Please call ahead and make an appointment 372-5432 or 372- 5433. Thanks to Richard Everett with the Road Department for organizing the paving job on Powerline Road. We also now have a hell-pad behind the clinic for "Flight for Life." Everything looks great and I'm sure the flight crew will be happy to land on pavement without rocks flying all over. : Odental " Futons Furniture Gifts A Beautiful... | 997 Oriental Calendar!! &a Letter Opened! To get your free 1997 calendar & Odentai Letter Opener, just make a purchase. & present this gift coup.on!l Hurry up!l hrst come first served,, no ram checks, please!! .... r I o o MANDARIN IMPORTS Z 167 N. Decatur 702-646-1818 I III I I / what road we're taking out of Baker. The car is about loaded and it's only the work of a moment to turn off the water and shut down the electric. The lawn is watered and mowed and the neighbor boy will handle the watering while we're gone. If he misses a few days, no matter. The little Ford Escort gets 40 miles to the gallon and there's a little room on the credit card. It's shaping up to be a grand time. Some of our local friends express the wish that they could vacation too. They maintain that the responsibilities of business require their constant presence on the job. Maybe so. However, Shirley and I may not live forever and it seems a very good thing to enjoy a bit of vacation while we can. Cares and responsibilities will always be with us. Let's take a little fun now. Anthony C. Residential Commercial Additions Porches Garages Bonded & Licensed (NVU.# 44784) (702) 727-5890 KHWK Radio From Pahrump to Bishop has you covered! For the latest news, information and the finest music programming be sure to tune to KHWK, broadcasting from Tonopah. If you're traveling the vast distances of Central Nevada's desert terrain you still can't miss us! Member. Assodalsd Press Great Basin Radio Network 92.7 - Tonopah 93.5 - Beatty 94.3- Lida and Scotty's Junction : 94.3 - Gold Point 95.9 - Pahrump 103.9 - Bishop, Mammoth and Big Pine 104.9 - Round Mountain 105.5 -Hawthorne