We definitely get all of the good, and none of the bad, for our total solar eclipse experience.
Hearing about all the expected traffic and crowds in the path of totality I am dreading the chaos and congestion. Instead there is no traffic on our drive to Albany, stores and eateries in town have no lines, and the RV park is quiet.
After we had to wait for check-in at our last stop because we arrived between 12 and 1, we have to laugh when we again wait for the office to open at Blue Ox RV Park because it's closed between 1 and 2 :-)) The park is well-maintained with asphalt roads and sites, and small dirt space in between. Our level site has FHUs with 30 amp under a tree that we're sure won't get satellite. But it locks on around the branches - more good!
|Fluffy Dog's favorite spot during set up :-)|
Back in SoCal, our grandson Maximus turns one - already! He has the most infectious smile :-))
|Such a happy, happy little boy.|
|Most bridge crews used hand tools in 1936. Prior to their being laid across the stream, the large chord timbers were shaped with hand adzes.|
|I love the beauty of the interiors.|
|Most Linn County bridges are built in the open truss design, but Hoffman's namesake used gothic style windows along the closed in sides.|
|Gilkey Bridge getting a face lift.|
|The only red bridge in Linn County (the others are all white), Shimanek is also the longest span.|
|Built in 1966, this is the fifth covered bridge at this location. The louvered windows are unique, but the 1891 version had a two-hole toilet built into the foundation!|
|Named for the land owner, John Joseph Hannah, in 1861, the Hannah Bridge crosses Thomas Creek.|
|With the more common cross pattern, this beautiful bridge has been featured in several commercials.|
|Gentle ripples along the shore.|
|The Larwood Bridge is named for Willam Larwood who built a store and blacksmith shop here in the late 1880's, and ran the post office from 1893 to 1903.|
|Crossing the Crabtree Creek along a small wayside park.|
|An oddity in U. S. geography, this is the only place where a river (Roaring River) flows into a creek (Crabtree Creek).|
|The riffles in the creek make music under the bridge.|
|Not quite roaring, but the river sounds wonderful.|
|Sun dapples in the clear shallows.|
|Pretty sweet to step out the front door with a cup of coffee and have front row seats to a phenomenal experience.|
|It is much darker than the cell phone camera shows.|