Sunday buffet...all the Saturday leftovers one can eat!
Ok, so, Coos Bay, Oregon. MrD was born in Oregon, and we go every year to the coast, so the relatives can drive over and visit. Now my own kids drive
down and up to visit, too. I can just picture Prefontaine running along the shores by Coos Bay. Me, I ride in our dune buggy with MrD. Although, this
morning I walked along the beach, seeing parts from a long buried ship and also horse back riders enjoying the beach in their own way, too.
I like to think that I think things through pretty thoroughly on most things...most, but not all...to be sure...As soon as I stepped out of the truck
at the Chainsaw Carving competition, I realized that I should have brought my earplugs. Duh, there must have been the buzzing and roaring from two
dozen chainsaws being used to create works of art. The entrance booth did sell ear plugs, but by the time I walked the block, I decided I wanted the
total sensual experience.
Now, I can't think of any other art medium that provides such sensory experience! The buzz of the saw, the smell of the wood being cut, with all the
shavings and pieces strewn around and carted off in trucks, the sight of the carvers deftly applying their tool. You could even touch their prior
works which sat at the front of their work area. Plus, I bought kettle corn to munch as I strolled. I'm sold on these events!
MrD did want to buy me a beaver carving I liked. MrD asked, "Hey, how much for your wife's beaver?", but the guy said, "Sorry, that's my beaver,
and it's not for sale!" Being a friendly Oregonian he then added, "You might try a couple booths over. I think there's a lady there with a beaver
for sale." Ok, ok, so that exchange never took place, but there was a cute beaver carving there that I fell in love with.
The contest was divided up into...get this...PRO and semi-pro. Mostly western state/local individuals. Whaaa, there was a 15 year old carver from
Albuquerque. To round out the event were teams from as far away as Japan, Europe and Australia.
From all the Bigfoot, bear and lighthouse carvings found along Hwy 101, I had thought that's all I would see. Was I pleasantly surprised at the
pieces on display and being worked on! Some pieces had interior cuts that made for great 3d. For example, a standing cowboy with arm reaching out to
stroke the head of a horse.
I would definitely attend another woodcarving competition.
With the way the economy is, MrD and I want to try to do our part as tourists. Seriously. We figure churches get enough contributions, so we like to
do what we can to support local economy/businesses. When we get to Winchester Bay, we'll buy all our fish and other seafood from the locals. I tell
you, we just ate the best burgers on Hwy1 at the Dunes Burger business at the Hauser Motorsports Complex. Everyone up here says that busines is down,
there are less people able to get out for a camping/rv vacation these days.