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Oregon: Rose City Winnie-Tascas

December 22, 2017

November−From Nov. 9-12, the Rose City Winnie-Tascas journeyed to the Hee Hee Illahee RV Resort in Salem, OR. Five coaches did the short 45-55 mile drive headed south from Portland and surrounding areas. The weather cooperated and better yet, light traffic on I-5. After settling in and greeting each other, we headed for dinner at the Outback Restaurant not far from our campsites. The food was good, but service was on the slow side.

Late Friday morning we drove south to Albany, OR to tour the Albany Historic Carousel. Our group had visited the old Carousel Museum before—even bought a brick to help support the building fund for a new facility. The new Albany Historic Carousel opened in April 2017 and this was our first opportunity to see the new building and beautiful carousel.

After 15 years and thousands of volunteer hours, Albany's Carousel Project, a nonprofit volunteer organization, opened the doors of their world-class carousel complex. Each animal is hand carved and painted by a dedicated community of volunteers. The carousel is powered by an antique, refurbished 1909 mechanism donated by the National Carousel Association and the family of carousel pioneer, Gustav Dentzel. Two from the group, Walt and Shirley, rode the carousel and enjoyed it. Another person, Don, looked for our club name on a brick, but didn't find it. Lunch was at the Depot Restaurant. We've never seen larger shrimp salads and they were very good.

Friday night's dinner was at Gamberetti's Italian Restaurant. Very good food and pleasant atmosphere.

Saturday after breakfast, which the men prepared, several people drove north to the Woodburn Outlet Mall and yes, they spent some money. Others stayed in and watched the football games. Dinner Saturday night was potluck delicious.

Sunday morning we met in the clubhouse again—this time to share coffee and goodies and to say goodbye.

Hee Hee Illahee is a lovely RV resort and very friendly personnel. Close to the freeway, but not so much to hear any highway noise. It offers everything you would want to make your stay pleasurable.

By Diana Gustafson-Barr