By SJ Otto
I had a fine trip visiting my son Ethan, in
It is a long plane ride, but much better than trying to drive there. We flew
from Portland Oregon Wichita to Texas
and then to .
My son now lives with his girl friend Ce Ce Williams, and her son Dru, in a modest house that they rent. This was the first time my wife Cam Gentry and I got to meet Ce Ce. We found her a pleasant person and she was a fine hostess. My son seems to like her a lot and we were happy to meet her.
Ethan in his back yard cooking bar-b-q.
Our first day in
we went to the Timberline lodge.
We ate in the Timberline Bar. The whole building is fascinating and it was
built by the WPA
in the President FD Roosevelt days. Outside was Oregon Mount Hood.
I it is about the highest mountain in the state. The outside of this lodge was
used to make the movie "The
Cam and Ce Ce.
That evening we saw Ethan playing with his band Libido Cornucopia. They were playing at the Alberta Street Pub. I drank plenty of their tall boy beers which were on sale for $3. The band plays mostly a form of punk rock, which is my kind of music. It was a small audience, but the band has a large following.
Ethan on drums.
The next day we went to the beach.
is about an hours ride to the
Ce Ce in the surf.
I tried to photograph some gulls.
On the way we visited Fort Stevens. The Fort was mostly used for defending the Pacific Coast from attacks by
World War II. It is mostly just empty buildings today, with some cannons and a
jeep fixed up for display. Most of the fort is still there although much of it
is not open to the public. I read in the museum that a Japanese submarine
actually fired at the fort, during the war. They didn't hit anything and the
sub commander said he would not have fired at the coast if he new there were
all those cannons lined up just waiting to sink him. Japan
Here Ethan checks out the look out building.
Cam and Ethan are checking out some empty buildings.
On one of the days we were there we all visited my brother Terry, his wife Barb, and his son Jeff. Terry lives in
Oregon, which is about an hours drive from . Terry writes a
column for The
Columbian. He also works for the Forest Service-Zigzag Ranger District
in Zigzag, Portland . Oregon
Barb is seen here talking to Ce Ce.
Here is Ce Ce and Ethan talking to Terry.
We saw a lot of
such as Powell's Books, a really big book
store that doesn't carry any of my books. Cam and I also hung out on Portland Hawthorne Ave, in , with Barb. That
street seemed somewhat of a bohemian area — kind of hippy like. Portland
Here is Cam and I at Hawthorne Ave.
So that was our trip. I took plenty of photos to remember it.