Thursday, the 11th, we drove in to Portland to pick up the rest of Marilyn’s Rx refills at the Care Plus Pharmacy which is the only pharmacy that fills CVS prescriptions in Oregon. After lunch, we drove to Oregon City to the “End of the Oregon Trail” Museum. The museum is designed to make you think of a wagon train. They provide a great explanation of the problems faced by the pioneers that made the trip from Independence, MO to Oregon City. Next, we drove out to see the Willamette Falls, which they claim is second to Niagara Falls, but we were disappointed in the available view points.
Friday, we spent the day at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, which displays Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, in McMinnville, OR. . The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is contained in 3 large buildings. The Aviation building houses the Spruce Goose and other vintage aircraft from a model of the Wright Flier to fighter aircraft. The Space Museum contains history boards of space flight, some models, an F-15, and an SR-71. The 3rd building has a theater where we saw a National Geographic movie entitled Living in the Age of Airplanes. There are also many aircraft around the grounds. While this museum is not as large as that at Wright-Patterson Air Base, it is very well done, and the docents are extremely knowledgeable. Take a guided tour when you are in the area. You will be extremely pleased.
Over 90 percent of the Spruce Goose was built out of plywood. Hughes was not allowed to use aluminum due to the needs of WW II. It is so large, that I had to use “panorama” mode to take its picture. . Everyone gets to see the massiveness of the interior of the Spruce Goose, but have to pay extra to sit in the cockpit (we did not see the cockpit). These are the interior shots. . I had to use a panorama shot for the SR-71, also. . There is so much to see, that we think they should have a 2 day ticket. But, we will go back tomorrow to see all of the planes that are on the grounds.
Hugs, and Type at You Later.