Newport, Oregon is home to the NOAA, the Oregon coast Aquarium and the US Coast Guard. There was so much for the Red Chair to see and experience here! The first stop was a visit to the US Coast Guard helicopter where Red was a big hit with the boys serving the Newport community. The Red Chair learned that since Newport is the largest commercial fishing area on the Oregon coast, they are very busy keeping everyone safe. It was exciting to get a chance to see all of the behind the scenes of the US Coast Guard!
Red has been very impressed with the many wilderness trails in the McKenzie Valley surrounding Red's current host the McKenzie River Inn Bed & Breakfast and Cabins in Vida, OR. The McKenzie trail is recognized as the #1 mountain bike trail by many and hikers alike will take any opportunity to travel this 26 mile long trail. Coming off the hikes Red rested in the orchard of the McKenzie River Inn to soak up more sun and to take in the blossoms of the many fruit trees especially those from the Japanese plum and felt more than ever an outdoorsy chair…
We have already established that the Red Chair is a bit of a hospitality expert, getting to explore our beautiful country and stay in the very best Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Boutique Hotels on its journey but along the way Red has also become quite a bit of a wine connoisseur. Learning all about the different regions, grapes and getting a chance to sample has been an amazing experience, one that the Red Chair will never forget by just how hardworking and dedicated all of the people who are part of these wonderful creations we call wine. Youngberg Hill, a completely organic winery since 2003, went above and beyond to share with Red how they create such delicious wines. You can really taste the care they put into each and every aspect of the wine making process, yum!! Besides staying at the Youngberg Inn, Red highly recommends their wines, especially their Pinot Noir!
The Red Chair decided to get a bit closer to all of the action during its hikes around the Rouge River Gorge and Crater Lake Park while visiting the Prospect Historic Hotel bed and Breakfast Inn Motel and Dinner House this past February. With the constant watch of Innkeepers Fred and Karen, Red didn't get too wet and went to sleep (in their amazingly comfortable beds we might add) in one piece each night. Red could not help it, Oregon just had such an intriguing beauty that Red just had to get closer or find a higher perch to view from!
We can now add another state to our Red Chair Travels list! The Red Chair has finally hit Oregon after almost a year of traveling up the California coast. Stop number 149 brings us to the WildSpring Guest Habitat of Port Orford, Oregon, and what a special place it was! The Red Chair loved being outside and exploring the area around the resort. This is quite significant for us because the Red Chair is STILL going and with even more momentum than before. It has been our dream for the Red Chair to visit as many places as possible and with each stop our dream realizes just a little bit more. Who knows, maybe we will even go international.. what do you think??
A love story by our Red Chair Hosts at the Lost Whale Inn.
It was a very overcast and gray day in January that the Red Chair arrived at The Lost Whale Inn in Trinidad California. Throughout all of the traveling and interesting destinations, Red has met some very interesting people and furniture but no one really similar to Red. (Well, there was that big blue chair in Sonoma but heavens, there wasn’t even time to stop for a chat!).
Red Chair had become a celebrity – had traveled in style across the country – and in the process had made everyone around it treat it with such care that the everyday camaraderie and fun of just being a plain old chair had vanished. Between the press, the media and the photo shoots, there hadn’t been much time to just relax.
So it was with a sense of weariness that Red Chair arrived at The Lost Whale Inn. Happily, nothing much was going on so Red just sat around for a while. It was quite relaxing. It couldn't help but notice that there were some rather nice blue chairs outside, so, inching itself towards the window, Red tapped on the glass to get their attention.
“Hello,” Red said. “I’m just here for a short visit but I noticed that the two of you look quite friendly out there.”
“Welcome to you little red chair,” said the first blue chair. “I’m an Adirondack from the East Coast. You can call me Blue.”
The other chair chimed in: “And I’m ‘Sky Blue” – actually we’re brothers.”
“Well,” Red Chair replied, “I haven’t had much choice in where to go and how long I stay anywhere. It’s quite a whirlwind trip that I’m on.”
“Interesting,” said Blue Adirondack. “Didn’t know that a chair could travel like that. I was shipped here in a big box and honestly, I’m glad I like it here because I wouldn’t have a clue how to leave if I didn’t!”
Red Chair actually blushed, it’s red turning even a darker hue. “Well, it’s been an honor to travel like this, but honestly, I’d like to just settle down for a while, you know, just do what a chair is supposed to do!”
Sky Blue Adirondack inched towards the door… “You know, Red, as long as no humans are around, we can move a little bit, so here, push on that door and come join us.”
And Red Chair did. It sat for quite a long time between the two Adirondack brothers, just taking in the view. The Pacific Ocean, the bluffs, the beautiful peaceful cove below the bluffs, and the two brothers on each side of it.
Finally, one turned: “You know Red, it’s going to rain. We’re used to it, but you look kind of delicate.”
“Yes, I’ll need to go back inside soon,” Red Chair answered.
And it was a happy coincidence that, just at that moment, a human emerged from the doors of the Lost Whale Inn, picked Red Chair up and took it inside.
Of course, the next two days were filled with the usual exciting photo shoots. The owner set Red Chair with some guests for dinner and took a photo with them toasting. Then there was the breakfast feast. Red participated in that as well. Of course, there were the usual room shots.
But then, on the third day, a magical thing happened. It was in another of the “usual photo shoots” that Red had endured throughout the entire journey. This time the Lost Whale Inn’s sauna was being featured. Red had been placed inside with a bath robe draped around its back. “Quite lovely actually,” Red thought. Looking out through the glass windows, Red Chair saw the beautiful ocean and gardens. And there, on the lawn, looking right back, was Sky Blue Adirondack. Red thought the Adirondack seemed to hitch itself up a bit to be noticed.
“Hey Red,” Sky Blue called up to the sauna, “After you’re done there, why don’t you join me here down on the lawn for a glass of wine and a sunset. It’s our favorite time of day!”
And in no time at all, Red Chair found itself sitting next to Sky Blue at the very edge of the bluff. In between them was a bottle and two glasses of wine. In front of them was the most gorgeous sunset Red had ever seen. Being from the East Coast, Red had never seen the sun set into the ocean like that. As far as it could see – just turquoise blue, azure blue, and then the sun flaming orange and pink and mauve.
Breathlessly, Red Chair turned to Sky Blue: “This is the most beautiful place on earth, I do believe. You are so fortunate to live here!”
Sky just laughed and said: “Well, Red, I’m sure you have other beautiful places you’ll be visiting but this is certainly one of the best of them. There’s really something magical about watching the sun set every day. And we chairs are so valued at this time of day. Why we are busy, busy, busy!
Ultimately, Sky Blue and Red were returned to the ocean deck where they enjoyed the stars, the twinkly lights, and watched the other guests who were using the hot tub on the ocean deck. For the rest of that night, long after the other guests had retired for the evening, Sky and Red sat together, barely touching, and sharing a growing feeling of – how can it be described – togetherness.
The next morning, Red turned to Sky Blue: “You have to know that this has been one of the most special days of my life. I don’t think I ever want to leave here…….I don’t think I ever want to leave you, Sky!”
Sky gave her a knowing look: “You must know I feel the same way, Red. Just don’t go. You can stay with me forever.”
Sky inched even closer to Red: “Listen, we could sit together every day, enjoy the sun setting every evening, and spend hours communing with nature. Night times here it’s so dark we can watch the Milky Way. Red, please stay.”
And so it wasn’t surprising that Red said: “Of course. I would stay if it were possible. However, I have very little to do with deciding where I go next. It is all pre-arranged and I am completely bound by this tour I’ve been asked to do. I can’t stop that – I don’t even know how to!”
“No worries, Red,” replied Sky Blue. “If you wish to be with me, I know we will finally find a way to be together.”
“But how?” asked Red, “How can we be together? We’re just inanimate objects after all!”
“Yes, you’re right – to a point. But have you ever noticed how humans like to move us just where we want to be? We have some powers to influence them to place us in just the right spot for our purpose.” Let me work on this – I promise I will make something memorable happen that will secure our future together.”
Trustingly, Red leaned towards Sky Blue. “All right, I just don’t want to travel anymore without knowing that there’s something special at the end – that you are going to be part of my future.”
“Yes,” Sky Blue replied. “And to start, we need to pledge to each other our promise to be together someday.”
“But how?” asked Red Chair
“The Lost Whale Inn is known around the world for being the perfect place for romance,” said Sky Blue Adirondack. “And what better excuse for a special engagement than the meeting of a Red Chair from the East Coast and a Sky Blue Chair from the West Coast? All I have to do is push the idea into the Inn’s wedding coordinator’s corner and I know just how to do that! Once we’re engaged, I believe everyone will try to keep us together.”
Red Chair was absolutely thrilled. “Maybe this will work after all! If so, Blue Sky will have accomplished a miracle – I will never again be lonely. I will have a companion for the rest of my life as a chair.”
Red spent the night next to the fireplace in the Great Room, anxiously awaiting the news. The fireplace glowed softly and it enjoyed the warmth soaking through its legs. It was worried too – it had already been a few days and it knew that soon, someone would come pick it up and move it onto the next photo shoot.
But Sky Blue delivered. The next morning, bright and early, a beautiful young woman entered the Great Room and said: “There you are Red Chair. We have some special plans for you today. As part of your promotion, I was looking at the blue Adirondack chair outside and I think that it would be perfect for you two to get engaged on the bluff overlooking the ocean!”
Red couldn’t believe it. Sky Blue Adirondack had worked its magic – that a chair could even begin to do this was beyond Red’s comprehension. But then, this was after all The Lost Whale Inn and hadn’t Red found it to be a magical place during its stay so far?
So Sky Blue Adirondack pledged its troth to Red Chair on a Friday morning – overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A gentle breeze caressed them and they could hear the sea lions barking in the distance. Champagne was set next to them along with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
The humans left them on the bluff to spend some time together. They just leaned into each other, sitting side by side. The sun slowly set in the West and the sky deepened into all manner of pinks and orange.
“Red, I’ll love you forever, you know that,” said Sky Blue. “And my promise to you is that my love will be as eternal as the great redwood trees that live here in Redwood National Park. I will love you forever. You and I – our love will be like the redwoods, greater every year and lasting till the end of time.”
“I know Sky Blue, and I’ll love you too. I’ll never forget our time here,” said Red Chair. “I promise that we’ll be together when I finish this tour. Our love might be just between two humble chairs, but it is true love nevertheless. And true love knows no boundaries, can overcome any obstacles and reaches across any distance that will be between us.”
………………to be continued
The Red Chair got a chance to view a live volcano for the very first time! Mount Konocti resides just opposite the Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast Resort on Clear Lake. Although it is not an actively erupting volcano it is still plenty active with the largest geothermal energy plant in the US using the hot underground forces to create clean, renewable energy with water filtered from waste water. How cool!
Day four at the Hidden Oak Inn held quite a surprise for our Red Chair, a chance to try Crossfit! The Red Chair felt quite confident and headed to EA's Crossfit gym to conquer the WOD. The Red Chair let loose with some light jogging, kettle bell swings, a few pull ups, push ups, and some tire flipping outside. The grueling workout over, the Red Chair suddenly became the class's most popular participant. Red was the star of the morning and took a whole bunch of celebration selfies with all of the other Crossfitters at the gym.
The Red Chair Travels always loves celebrating the holidays! It is a time for fun decorations, appreciating wonderful friends and family, and best of all the food is amazing of course! Red is awful lucky to be traveling for the holidays because it gets a chance to experience how other people prepare for the holidays and how they celebrate. Here Red is admiring the 12 foot Christmas tree at the Brewery Gulch Inn, beautifully decorated with ornaments from around the world and many on loan from the local benefactor, Sallie Mac! Maybe Red will go buy a few to add to the Christmas tree back home next year!
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