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Sunday Sept 15

Neptune Park

Yesterday morning we said goodbye to Lincoln City and drove south visiting some old haunts on the central Oregon Coast. We reminisced about fishing the Siletz River while visiting our cousins’ cabin, stopped at the whale watching center in Depot Bay, crossed the bridge at Newport, and wound up at our destination---Neptune State Park. 60-years ago we camped, hiked, swam, and explored every inch of the Park! Today - WOW, the place had shrunk! When I was seven it was so big! Things have certainly changed. In the 1950s the river was wider, the pools were deeper, the logs were much bigger, the trails were longer! What happened to this place? Memories are funny things. Now I’m wondering if all my recollections are bigger than life!


Brothers at Lokey Hall where parents met. Oregon Ducks against the Montana Grizzlies

We drove east and ended the day at the University of Oregon. We got to see Oregon beat Montana 35-3, all is well with the world. Go Ducks! It was so much fun to be back on the University of Oregon campus. Brother Paul is the only one of us to graduate of the U of O. He even started his distinguished teaching career there before migrating to Penn State and then to the University of Texas.

Before the game, we walked to the steps outside the Lokey Education Building where our parents met. We don’t know where dad bought mom the famous ice cream cone that started their romance, but we are all glad dad parted ways with the coins for that treat!

After the walk around campus, we arrived at Autzen Stadium - where it never rains! Besides the wonderful, albeit lopsided, game, we enjoyed participating in the traditional singing of Shout between the third and fourth quarters. This raucous rendition is sung every game as a reminder that the movie Animal House was filmed on the Oregon campus! Another great day of memories, both enjoying them and making them!


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