nic’s and sloy’s best western summer slept heres. part 2


june 14. best western beachfront inn, brookings, OR

view of one wing from the wing enfolding us.


back to the bw browns & golds. our beachfront room.


another variation of bw housekeepers’ bedpillow compositions. lighthouse art


view east from our deck. an actual lighthouse. a bw breakfast the next morning monitored by someone whose job it is to inquire kindly of the partakers filling their plates, did you sleep here? nic & sloy slept here.



june 15 & 16. best western agate beach, newport, OR

a sleep over two nights. time to figure what 6 or 7 days into being 70 years old means to me, sloy, as the end of a 2,494 mile road trip to mark my 70th looms. it wasn’t all best westerns, but all were best.


 green & white. mini bar/coffee biz buzzing fridge & dressing room just inside the door.


lighthouse art (check out the plank walkway). 2 historical lighthouses in newport, 1 can be seen from our room.


our lofty view from the balcony. lighthouse (squint into the far right, mid shot) beckoning our visit. fab lighthouse. vast, wondrous, weird beach.

sand structures

as far as the eye could see, a sand structure installation. no two alike.

2 nights $326.94 (not counting 1 dinner & 2 breakfasts in the hotel’s restaurant/lounge)


july 3. best western cascadia inn, everett, WA

here it gets blurry. having to use pics from we are in everett to be with my father. it turns out for the last time.


essentially our room, kinda. to be truthful, much more spiffy looking than the real deal. a buzzing fridge/micro/sink/divider in our room very like this one.

view from window

view out our window. everett downtown in the distance. in the foreground a pool (our shot) & the long vacant repo-ed houses across the street.

vintage cafe

we agree to break fast in downtown everett 2nd morning. need i say more?

inside vintage cafe

inside this historical building still allowed to co-exist with the ever emerging new everett.  plans were to bring dad here.

derelict house

shot this, one of the repo houses seen out our window, as we walked by it before checking out.  the derelict plans we lay.

2 nights cost: $200.16 (not including vintage cafe)

vintage cafe


nic and sloy slept here (sloy’s best western summer 2013 in 3 thrilling parts)

Best western skyline motor lodge, Lakeview<OR

june 5. it begins… a nic & sloy slept here tour of best westerns. outside the best western skyline motor lodge, lakeview, OR.

the room $96.26+$2.00 for maid. (scrambled eggs, sausage patties, toast free)

 decor of first bedroom away from home

view from bed

tv, complementary bottled water, package of hot chips, coffee maker, buzzing mini fridge, microwave & dressing room

cowboy art

cowboy art

bed tray

bed tray. in the morning breakfast (free) in the breakfast room. diligently scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, english muffin, orange juice coffee & tea best western style.

total cost $142.26

Best Western High Desert Inn, Tonopah, NV FREE

june 6. best western high desert inn, tonopah, NV.

 here you see nic relaxing 1st thing after driving all day, disembarking, & unloading the luggage, by playing timed word games on his iphone. a baffling king sized bed. where do you both put down your drinks?

view from bed

view from the overabundant bed.  wall mounted tv, desert art, buzzing mini fridge & micro.

a night of electrical failures & mysteries, nic hiking off to the desk to figure out why a lamp, a tv, a bathroom light, would work & then not. over another bw breakfast much like the first,  we chat with a retired cuban couple, “they are not saving their money for their kids’ inheritance. they are traveling.”

cost? hard to figure. we are comped by bw “points” for a free night’s stay with a bw voucher. the desk accepts bw’s official voucher, but later gets its revenge by staking a claim on our remaining points.

best western gateway hotel, santa monica, CA

june 11. best western gateway hotel, santa monica

 the audi maneuvered into underground parking so tight we say adieu, good luck, & keep our fingers crossed. an old building in santa monica not too far from the pier, but far enough the hotel’s shuttle taxis us to the action. old school elevator, narrow winding hallways. the usual buzz of the mini fridge. microwave, coffee maker, tv.

nautical art

nautical art

no free breakfast here. instead the menu for ihop next door. to make matters more absurd, in the morning, sure enough, we go to the ihop & order breakfast from the senior menu.

the view

view from our window

cost $219.46

best western plus beach resort, monterey, CA

june 12. best western plus beach resort, monterey, CA

we request a room on the upper floors with a view of beach & ocean. instead, & with apologies & a slight rebate, we get a room at beach level. drifting sand drifts in the door.  a wicker & off white ‘island’ decor instead of the more conventional bw browns & golds.

wicker seen from bed

view from bed. wicker armoire with coffee maker, buzzing mini fridge, wall mounted tv.

view out window

view out the window… sand, the ocean beyond the fence

beach art

deck chair art

view close up from room

deck outside our door

cost $206.83 (adding in costs for food & drinks in their upper floor restaurant, dinner & breakfast) $318.27

best western vista manor lodge

june 13. best western vista manor lodge, fort bragg, CA

our room number 420 had been stolen so many times by stoners that the lodge forgoes nailing up another. we had to be told our room had no number & we find it by reading numbers leading up to & around ol four twenty.

tv, hidden buzzing mini fridge, desk

view from bed. coffee maker, armoire with buzzing mini fridge, micro, desk, tv. abstract ‘redwood’ art.

trestle & beach out the window

 a reflection of room 420 in the view of trestle, beach & ocean.

in the morning a change in the standard free bw ‘continental’ breakfast, no overly dry scrambled eggs. cold, hard boiled instead.

cost $111.88

($2.00 tip left for room service in every hotel, of course.)

redwoods in green heels

 taking in the redwoods before the oregon leg of sloy’s best western summer saga 2013 continues.

lastly emily

1. sloy & emily 3

so here i am with emily & her monkey woo & dog.

show title

hang with me here. i’ll explain.

tall trees

trees. emily carr painted trees.

woods 1

like no other. check out the top 2/3rd of this painting.

woods 2

here it is in closeup. the trees in the top 2/3rd of emily’s painting.

lone cedar

‘lone cedar’

mad bab trees

‘mad bab tree’

klee wyck pottery

‘laughing one’

emily's pottery

emily’s klee wyck pottery

writing gravel pits

“nature has not had time to heal the scars and holes yet…”

gravel pits

‘above the gravel pit’

yellow trees 1

 spoiler alert: closeups of bottom & top of this painting coming up next.

yellow trees 2


yellow trees 3


arthur lismore

“…but i know inside me what they’re after and i feel that perhaps, given a chance, i could get it too.”


emily’s own ‘rhythm of the lines…’

mark tobey

oh brother! where art thou?

emily carr young

emily carr young

the elephant 1934

emily in her caravan “elephant” with woo & animals

lastly emily

sloy gets the great honor of looking in the eyes of one of her heroes.


clear cut (detail)

our emily

“too unusual” for the victorian early 1900’s in victoria, bc or in now anywhere. few people bought her paintings.

for me, emily carr ranks up there with georgia okeefe & gertrude stein, to name 2.