FAMILY * SIGHTSEEING * BUSINESS
VISIT TO FAMILY
Mike and June invited us to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the Grand Ronde Tribe restoration. I had to learn what restoration is. Congress "terminated" the tribe in 1957, effectively dropping all tribal treaty rights because there was no tribal government. A group of dedicated Indians of the tribe worked until 1983 and testified before another Congress to have their sovereignty restored.
There were prayers, speeches, music, and a video showing the members
that worked for the restoration. We enjoyed a very nice buffalo dinner
with June's brother, sisters and mother and several hundred other Indians.
BUSINESS FOR REFUGE
I earlier decided to visit a tannery in Clackamas, a suburb of Portland A tannery - a place where dead animal skins have the blood and stiffness removed not a place where the human body is colored brown.
Angelo was at work so we got a tour of his tannery. He has hundreds of hides - elk, deer, buffalo, skunk, beaver, and other small mammals - in various stages of preparation. There were four vats, probably 4 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet deep, in which raw hides were soaking, the second step in the tanning process.
There were stacks of hides that needed scraping, which has to be done before the soaking. He had several packages of hides just delivered to be marked and entered in his inventory. He said he was alone in his family business but no way in hydrochloric acid could he do all that work alone. He said his son didn't like the work and was studying to be a policeman. He was impressed with my 4 sons.
He was soon to be married and expected the woman to help him. In his office were dozens of prepared skins for sale, some with hair and some leather. I would love to have a vest of elkskin like some I saw on the Indians at the restoration celebration. I bought a deer skin with hair for the refuge. Angelo gave me a rabbit hide.
We stopped off at the Evergreen Aviation Museum at McMinnville, home of the "Spruce Goose" the largest wooden airplane ever built. Howard Hughes Flying Boat is officially listed as H-4 Hercules. The Museum was built to house the plane which was stored unassembled until the building was ready. The plane was assembled in it. Many other planes hover around like so many chicks under the wing. No plane yet has the wingspan of this aircraft. The width of the tail exceeds the wingspan of the B-17 which is parked nearby.
It was impossible to get an unobstructed photo of the "goose' from any point on the floor because of the many smaller craft on display. The space was open with moveable pylons and chains cordoning off excess to individual exhibits. Literature noted that exhibits change from time to time.
We received a map identifying the present exhibits. Curtiss, de Havilland, McDonnel Douglas, North American, Goodyear, Boeing, Beechcraft, Glasair, Fisher, Bede, Spitfire, Lockheed, Ford, and Northrup, planes were placed throughout the floor.
The largest of these were the B-17, Lockheed Blackbird, Douglas Skytrain, and the Ford Tri-motor.
Suspended above the floor were 1986 Pitts S-2H, Hiller
Raven Helicopters, replica of Wright trainer, Piper cub, Beechcraft
Bonanza, Christen Eagle, Schweizer glider, Hughes Helicopter, and a
A large sit down restaurant and restrooms were available to the public
without paying the museum fee. So was a water fountain, public telephone
and gift shop. I was unable to get a thimble or a magnet depicting the
goose or the museum. Too many others with the same idea, I suppose,
since they were out of stock.
Whether you are into flight museums or not you will be fasinated by
the size comparison and wing configuration of planes of the last 100
years that celebrate a century of flying.
ON THE WAY BACK TO RICHLAND
we turned off I-84 just past Troutdale and drove
Scenic route US 30 to view Oregon's waterfalls
We walked in puddles and rain to view Wahkeena Falls
|Further on we stopped at Multnoma falls. It was sprinkling seriously but Tim walked up to the bridge anyway and I caught him waving from there on film. Like Churchill, we took advantage of the toilets and continued along the loop, driving on by Horse Tail falls, the less spectacular falls in Ainsworth State Park.|
That's Tim, waving from the bridge
Photos by Naomi Sherer
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