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By Woody Pope

photoFound this on an Oregon beach a few years ago. It’s been hanging on our ginkgo tree ever since. We often thought it may have floated across the Pacific after the Japanese tsunami like other debris currently washing ashore. It doesn’t glow at night so we presume not. Probably only a local fishing float.

With the exception of the surf shack, our new house has no coastal appeal. So, it’s gone. Like that Japanese tidal wave, we had a dozen people, surfing the FREE ads, catch a glimpse of this float.

Curiously, a guy named Matsuda was over in an hour to take it home(I assume home is somewhere here in Portland).
Using the old bait and switch move, he happily handed over $5 for the other hand crafted birdhouse I offered him.
Five dollars- Oh buoy!

About Woody

The travel bug is contagious. I caught it in 1985 while traveling with Hali on a three month backpacking trip through Western Europe. Having a passion for geography, local history & culture, and with a journal in my back pocket, I hope to share our experiences through this blog – whether traveling the well worn rail, or off the beaten trail.

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