Many of the attractions I find sit on my list of potential blog subjects without being used. Often the problem is I can’t find enough information about them to develop satisfying, single blogs or I lose interest. Today I’m recalling 4: Port Orford, Edessa’s waterfalls, the Frye Art Museum, and Arizona’s 89A Highway. These are totally unrelated attractions and, in my opinion, worthy of only one paragraph each, so here goes…..
Port Orford is unusual. It’s a small town on the Oregon coast north of Gold Beach. The oldest community on the sensational Oregon Coast, Port Orford is in a difficult place that can experience wild weather and flooding. Because it lacks a decent harbor, to survive as a port it had to become creative and install a rare dolly dock. In other words, the fishing and pleasure boats are lined up on the dock in rows and lifted into and out of the water each time they’re used. This is so unusual that its hard to find information about this procedure and where other dolly docks are.
Edessa is an old town in northern Greece. The area is fairly mountainous and has a lot of natural waterfalls. Edessa was the first capital of ancient Macedon partially because of all the textile factories that opened in the area and needed water to operate. Today the factories are gone and the town relies on tourism. The steps down to views of the falls have obviously been there for generations without change. It’s an attraction that has seen better days, and I found it rather sad to watch Greek street merchants with trinkets and treats to sell and no one around to buy them.
The Frye Museum is in Seattle. Displaying the art collection of Charles & Emma Frye, it opened in 1952. They doted on late 19th and early 20th century German art and collected the 232 paintings that visitors see today. It’s free but limited by the taste of the Fryes who liked representational works with a psychological dimension. If visitors buy their vision, they will like this museum and the offbeat temporary exhibits that the Frye staff organizes.
Arizona’s Highway 89A is marked as scenic for its entire short length of almost 84 miles. It begins 6 miles north of Prescott and ends at Flagstaff. After a long twisty climb, the road does get quite scenic above the old mining town of Jerome, which is so popular at high tourist times that parking is not available. 89A’s at its best when drivers can see across the entire Verde Valley to the colorful mountains above Sedona. It’s at its worst when sightseers descend into that valley and find traffic that doesn’t abate until they’re about half way up Oak Creek Canyon on the other side of Sedona. I used to love this drive but its popularity has led to overdevelopment and congestion.