Humbug… It was deceptive.

Wikipedia says this about the word: Humbug is a person or thing that tricks or deceives or talks or behaves in a way that is deceptive, dishonest, false, or insincere, often a hoax or in jest…

Today we tackled Humbug Mountain just south of Port Orford, OR. The park maps list it as strenuous but it was not that bad. We planned an all day six-hour hike. We only needed two to go up and about an hour and fifteen minutes to come back down. Foggy weather but the temperature was nice.

We are sitting at the Port Orford Port doing this blog… One of only six ports in the world that “lift” the boats in and out of the water using a crane. Most ports use a ramp or dock of some kind. This place is really cool.

Well…the wind is about 30 mph plus and it is raining sideways. Going to cut this short and head back to the Humbug Mountain State Park and hunker down for the night. Fire outside and horseshoes as planned are “out” but the electric blanket and book reading is in…

And for those of you that “just want to know” like me here is a link to the Port Orford history document about its involvement in WWII. Turns out only two places in the US (mainland) were “hit” by Japanese forces. Port Orford was one of those places where activity happened.

You definitely need to make this one of your vacation spots if you are along the coast…

And for some super mondo onion rings go to Griff’s On The Dock:


Chow! (Pun Intended)


6 thoughts on “Humbug… It was deceptive.

  1. Hey Guy’s, I think I finally figured this BLOG thing out? Dave knows I pretty illiterate when it comes right down to it! Anywhos’ been following your adventures and stories and bottom line I couldnt be more envious or more happy for you both (And DIZZY)! The story on the warfare against the rodents was funny as well you know. Keep em comeing. With Love, Brother Greg and MOM!

    1. Guess it was 6 in one incidence.
      On May 5, 1945, a pregnant woman and five children were killed when they discovered a balloon bomb that had landed in the forest of Gearhart Mountain in Southern Oregon. Pastor Archie Mitchell and his pregnant wife Elsie drove up to Gearhart Mountain with five of their Sunday school students (aged 11–14) to have a picnic, and Elsie and the children got out of the car at Bly, Oregon, while Archie drove on to find a parking spot. As Elsie and the children looked for a good picnic spot, they saw a strange balloon lying on the ground. As the group approached the balloon, a bomb attached to it exploded and Elsie and all five children were killed. Archie witnessed the explosion and immediately ran to the scene and used his hands to extinguish the fire on his wife’s and the children’s clothing, but he could not save them.[12][13] These are the only known deaths caused by the balloon bombs, and also the only known deaths in the continental U.S. as the result of enemy action during World War II.

      Military personnel arrived on the scene within hours, and saw that the balloon itself still had snow underneath it, while the surrounding area did not. They concluded that the balloon bomb had drifted to the ground several weeks earlier, and had lain there undisturbed until found by the group.

      Elsie Mitchell is buried in the Ocean View Cemetery in Port Angeles, Washington. A memorial, the Mitchell Monument, is located at the point of the explosion, 110 kilometers (70 mi) northeast of Klamath Falls in the Mitchell Recreation Area. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Several Japanese civilians have visited the monument to offer their apologies for the deaths that took place here, and several cherry trees have been planted around the monument as a symbol of peace.[13]

      Hundreds of balloon bombs may have landed but were never found and may still constitute unexploded ordnance.

      1. Crap.. I hate it when you actually look up the stuff I post. I assumed that you would just accept the facts posted and grade on the “curve” like a good Flordian would. Guess not…

        Hate it when you are right LOL.

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