In Cod We Trust

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In the small coastal town of Pt. Orford, Oregon, a Crazy Norwegian has a small  restaurant that he runs with his own set of rules.  He sells bumperstickers and T shirts emblazoned with In Cod We Trust.

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In the heat of summer or in the cold rain of spring people jockey for parking places and line up outside to wait for a table.  Often times there are lots of empty tables inside.  This is accepted and the wait continues.  When a waitress decides to sit a few people she opens the door and ushers a few people in, then closes the door on the rest.  People who have never experienced this behavior before at a restaurant look around at the crowd and invariably someone explains to them “The food is worth the wait.” Once inside the wait can continue for a long time more.  This is not a place to eat if you’re in a hurry.  But once you place your order and receive the best clam chowder you’re likely to eat in Oregon (and this is saying a lot) and by far the best fried seafood you may ever eat, topped off by a piece of pie your grandma could have made, you are hooked.  Leaving the place you feel stuffed and you can’t believe how cheap your meal was.

Pt. Orford has other places of interest, but its obvious where my heart lies.  For example there is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse.

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And the amazing scenery surrounding the lighthouse.

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Oyster Catcher

 There’s a Coastguard museum with trails to take down by the ocean.

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This small village which is the westernmost town in Oregon, was almost pulled into WWII, along with another small Oregon coastal town, Brookings.

According to Wikipedia: “On September 9, 1942, Mount Emily, near Brookings, became the first site in the continental United States to suffer aerial bombardment in wartime. A Japanese floatplane piloted by Nobuo Fujita launched from submarine I-25 was loaded with incendiary bombs and sent to start massive fires in the dense forests of the Pacific Northwest. The attack caused only minor damage. Fujita would be invited back to Brookings in 1962 and he presented the town his family’s 400-year-old samurai sword in friendship after the Japanese government was given assurances that he would not be tried as a war criminal. Brookings made him an honorary citizen several days before his death in 1997.”

I know from watching Mysteries at the Museum that a young Sunday School teacher and several young people were killed by the fire when they were out on a picnic near Brookings.  They were the only people on American soil to be killed as a result of WWII.

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Nelly’s Cove Breakwater then.
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Breakwater now.

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We saw a few wildflowers along the Cove Trail.

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Columbia Lily – Lilium columbianum
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Mendocino Coast Indian Paintbrush – Castilleja mendocinensis. A surprise to me since I read this flower is only found in Mendocino and Humboldt counties in California.

Port Orford is small but it has a lot of history and beauty worth seeing and it has a Crazy Norwegian who is worth getting to know.