Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Posting has been somewhat mixed this week because Diane and I are out in Oregon at a beach-side hotel in Cannon Beach. We and my oldest friend Lloyd and his family are here to visit and see some sites.

On the right is a picture of the beach and Haystack Rock, which rises more than 230 feet above the sea. We did two hikes to its base, one when the tide was out and you could get very close and see the aquatic life in the tidal pools. Quite beautiful.

This location is where Lewis & Clark first saw the Pacific during their expedition. The local museum, the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, was fascinating. For one thing I had not known that the town was named after an actual ship cannon from the shipwreck of the American Navy ship the Shark, which foundered here in 1846. The crew was all saved, but the ship and its military equipment were lost.

In October 1846, Lieutenant Howison received information through the Tillamook people that part of the ship’s hull “with guns upon it,” had come ashore south of Tillamook Head. The lieutenant sent Midshipman Simes to visit the location. Simes reported finding the wreckage and succeeded in “getting one cannon above the high-water mark,” while two others were left buried.

Then in December 1863, mail carrier John Hobson reported seeing a cannon at present-day Arch Cape Creek. Soon after, this cannon became lost when tides buried it in sand. In June 1898, however, it was spotted once again-this time by mail carrier George Luce. With the help of his Nehalem neighbors John and Mary Gerritse and their team of horses, Luce succeeded in pulling the cannon out of the sand, after which time it stood in front of the Austin House Post Office in Arch Cape for several years.

Hobson by the way spent the last thirty years of his life, from 1864 to 1894, searching in vain for the cannon. It was only found four years after his death.

The cannon is now in the museum. In addition, the other two cannons were finally found in 2008.

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7 comments

  • mivenho

    I really like the open beaches in Oregon. The town of Cannon Beach is charming too.

  • My wife and her friends hosted a retreat at Cannon Beach last year. She loved the place and we are planning to visit there next year.

  • jburn

    Bob,
    if you get a chance hike into Oswald West State Park. It’s just South of Cannon Beach. You’ll find beautiful old growth trees leading into a secluded beach — one of my favorites for surfing.

  • The Oregon Coast is one of my favorite places on the planet (and I’ve seen some of it), and count myself fortunate to live an hour away. I’ll probably retire to Astoria. But not real soon.

  • Kyle

    Another neat place to check out is Tillamook Dairy if you like Ice Cream and cheeses.

  • I love Cannon Beach! My grandfather had a beach front cabin there back in the 60s. I spent many a summer weekend there in my childhood. One of the cannons was displayed at the off ramp from the highway for years until they moved it to the museum. Thanks for this wonderful memory!

  • wodun

    The ship sank while pursuing One-Eyed Willy but he got away. There as a documentary a while back about some kids who were trying to find his lost treasure.

    Also, second on Oswald West. It is a great place to camp but be sure to put your parking ticket in the window as soon as possible. It is easy to get lazy and put it off because hiking up and down the hill is a bit of a hike but the cruise the parking lots all day and night writing tickets. Another good place is Beverly Beach. Well, the whole coast is dotted with cool places to camp. Ocean front cabins aren’t too expensive in the off season, especially if you go with a group.

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