We drove through even more hay country, never getting tired of it. We could have taken I-5 to Salem, then cut straight over on Highway 22, on which Subject Property is located, but then we would have missed all this fabulous scenery!Though we didn’t run into any STP (Seattle to Portland) bike riders as we’d done for the 6th Annual Alohaworld Pacific Northwest Mini-Gathering in Buckley, Washington, we did see these bike people on the road. It was a perfect day for a ride, and we didn’t hit any of them!
I never get tired of driving through hay country!
We finally get to the Highway 22 junction; the highway runs mauka [toward the mountains, in this case, the Cascade Range] and makai. If we stayed on it, we’d end up at the beach. Not a bad idea!
We finally reached our destination and drove in the driveway.
I helped Norm do the inspection, then Kukui and I waited by the car for him to do his final appraiser kine work. Kukui isn’t bleeding… part of her collar was hanging down!
The inspection completed, we headed back out onto the highway again.
Highway 22 headed makai.
By this time, we were getting hungry, so decided to stop in Willamina for lunch. (Pronounced, “Willa mynah”). We see the sign for the town up ahead.
We make the final turn into town. Logging is very big in Willamina.
Here’s the sign that greeted us as we came into town:
Time to stop for lunch! We ate at a place called “Cactus Jack’s”. Friendly cafe, home cooking, and nice atmosphere.
There seems to be some conflicting information about the town. One source says that Willamina was named for Willamina Maley, who, with her husband, founded the town in 1845. It’s about 50 miles Southwest of Portland. But the other source says the town was named for Willamina Creek, which was named for pioneer Willamina Williams. To make matters more worse, this Willamina is not the only Willamina in Oregon. I need to go check “Oregon Geographic Names”.
But I digress.
Pau Part Three. Part Four tomorrow, in which we see the tiniest farmer’s market I’ve ever seen as well as a house I fell in love with!
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