Joel Palmer House
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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Where I stayed
Shady Oaks Motel
My first stop today was the state capitol. I've been there before but I believe the lighting was terrible for the outdoor photographs of the building so I thought I'd go try again. I parked at a meter that still had some time left. The lighting wasn't much better than I remember from my previous visit but I grabbed my camera and wandered across the street. I was accosted by a bum while I was taking pictures, which slowed me up a little. When I got back to the car I had a parking ticket. I was only gone a few minutes but that was a little too long. The time on the ticket was the same as the time my watch read when I got back to the car.
I thought I'd pay the ticket in person since I don't have any checks with me. I don't really know why but my ticket was reduced from $15 to $8. Not too bad as parking tickets go.
I did a little shopping to get some food for Burning Man. Then I drove over to Silver Falls State Park. I've been there twice before but it's always started raining on me before I've gotten pictures of a couple of the waterfalls. Well, today I had a different problem. It was too sunny, which I believe is quite rare here since the park is in a temperate rain forest. There was too much contrast to get a decent picture.
I had an early reservation at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton so I headed there. Since I didn't spend much time at the park I had some time to kill so I sat in the car and read for a while before going to the restaurant. They specialize in mushroom dishes. I've eaten there once before when it was still being run by Jack Czarnecki. Jack's son Christopher is now running the restaurant, making for four generations of Czarnecki's to run mushroom restaurants.
I got the "Christopher's Mushroom Madness Menu", a six-course dinner with mushrooms in every course including dessert. While I could make a couple substitutions to eliminate some of the meat, it wasn't possible to get it entirely vegetarian. The menu was quite different from my last visit due to the seasonality of mushrooms. If you like mushrooms I'd recommend a visit if you're ever in the neighborhood.
After dinner I headed for Oregon Caves National Monument. I stopped in Roseburg, OR and got a room.