Friday, August 07, 2009

Willamette Valley

We've wanted to see the Spruce Goose ever since we saw "The Aviator," which is a movie of Howard Hughes' life. Mostly he was a total nutjob, and at some point he built this giant wooden floating airplane that lifted off for about 30 seconds in its first and only flight.

So we decided we would go to McMinnville, OR, to see it. I know, where the hell is McMinnville, OR? It so happens that it's in Oregon's Willamette Valley, which, it so happens, is quite the up and coming wine country these days. McMinnville is a cute and sleepy little town, there's not much to see other than the enormous aviation museum. They recommend you set aside like 5 hours to see the place, and they're not kidding. It really takes that long.

So without further ado, I present the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

The hangar in which the Spruce Goose, and a number of other airplanes, are kept. There is an entire other hangar dedicated to the space vehicles, and another building that houses an IMAX theater.

The Spruce Goose

The belly of the Goose

Controls in the Spruce Goose

Our friendly tour guide in the cockpit of the Goose. That's iced tea, not beer.

The Wright Brothers' first airplane.

Cool plane with curtains in the windows


Ammo in the B-17

Honey Bucket. We saw this while lost in the Valley, looking for wineries.

10-beer sampler at Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant. This place had really, really good food. And beer.

That's all for today. On Monday -- the Coast! Happy Friday...

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