Pat and I joined our friends on another Miata road trip, this one called Discover Oregon.

Drove down to Victoria and took the ferry to Port Angeles in Washington.  Stayed at a resort casino near Sheldon (when you travel in US NW you stay at casino resorts on reservations because you get great hotel rooms at reasonable rates provided you gamble a little bit (in our case $10)

Then on to Silverton Oregon where we joined 80 other Miata (MX5) cars for a weekend of drives and party.  The day we arrived was great with lots of sunshine and warm, but Oregon is having the same problem we are having this summer.  Normally from June 1 until Labour Day we have nothing but sunshine and no rain, but like the rest of North America this year is different.  1 day in 7 of sunshine with the rest overcast and cool.  Granted this saves a fortune on air conditioning, but not what we signed on for.

A beautiful area in Oregon with rolling hills covered in trees and fields filled with flower gardens and wine grapes. 

So the Saturday at Silverton, when we are supposed to have our group drives with the tops down, was pouring rain with intermittent breaks.  Great drive but scenic drives through the mountains where you cannot see the mountains and the top is up, is not the same.  We stopped at a Buffalo ranch and got to see animals up close (and taste Buffalo jerky) but not the same.  In the afternoon the sun did come out and we were able put the tops down for awhile. 

Pat and I broke from the group to find one of the last covered bridges in the area.  Quiet small road so Pat jumped out to take a picture. 

Great party Saturday night and then we drove home.  Not the best Miata drive but still a good time. And the bridge was very nice