Monthly Archives: August 2014

Still up in the air

This will likely be my last flight this season. In this area of the northwest, the season for balloon flights will be over in another month. The weather after that is too “challenging” for a safe ride. It was a beautiful day to fly. Calm, cool, mostly clear. We were able to drift a bit here and there, didn’t get a lot of miles away from our start location, but a great ride in all. We got to see the river up close, something not always available. It is so nice to just float along peacefully watching the countryside drift by as we make our way along. For those not familiar with ballooning, the pilot can rotate the basket/balloon around, and go up and down, but direction and speed depend on the prevailing air currents. So they travel up and down to catch a bit a direction “sideways” – – – from point A to point B. Then before you run out of fuel for the burners, yes, you do have to land and gather everything up and go for breakfast. Makes for a great morning, a great start for the day! Try it some time. You’ll like it!

Well, sorry, I’m late this time around. I’ve been busy with the hot air balloons and working around the house. The common stuff that sometimes keeps us out of trouble. Sometimes. So one trip that I made at the first of this month was a wedding in Hood River. Very nice all around, but I was not the photographer for that, I don’t work in that field. That is a special art all of its own, and I have great respect for the folks that do that for a living. It is a very special deal. But; while I was in Hood River, I checked for other attractions and found this one. As I have said before, old machinery draws me like a magnet. The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) is located out by the airport, fairly easy to get to. The people there are great, and it is a fantastic and fun place to visit. They have a great many machines to examine, many not seen around for years. And everything operates. If you are in the neighborhood, be sure and stop by. I particularly like the old Locomobile that comes with it own oil can! The planes and motorcycles are wonderful as well!

The Great Oregon Steamup

Each year at this time, I travel down the road to experience old history. You know the kind, old stuff on display, showing all of the “new” people what life used to be like. I love this stuff. Its old. As am I. It’s rusty and probably cranky. I’ve been described that way too. I’m also getting creaky like the old machinery. We have a lot in common. The other attraction is this; I like old rusty machines! I’ve been around machines of some sort since I was little. Naming cars from the front seat, before I would converse with others. And without anyone teaching me about which car was which. At least I was told no one had taught me the names of the cars. This being when I was 3 – 4 years old. Now today, we get to take in the way things used to be with these displays of our past. They are working museums. I hesitate to label it as a museum because that may tend to make it boring to some before they even get there. They are working history displays of what our family’s worked with to get us to where we are today. Some of these machines have come and gone in my lifetime. Others at this display were way before my time, or outside of my access. It’s all good. It’s all worth the time to learn about what it took to get here by the generations before us. Our families. It is all visual, with audio in real life decibels. I am always amazed at the machinery that came before me, and to see the changes and improvements that have been made. Not all are efficient or positive improvements. Sometimes the older stuff did a better job. The Great Oregon Steamup aims at old steam powered equipment. I know there are other places that display similar types of machines, so, as I would recommend this one at Brooks, Oregon, with 5 stars, start with the one that close to you and work your way around. It’s all good!

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