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Travel the coast, dissect a squid

Since Bob Kuest retired from his career as an audiovisual media specialist with the Beaverton School District, he has been going and seeing everything he can. In 2009, his favorite pastime took him from Astoria to San Francisco on Highway 101.

“Everyone has been to the Oregon coast,” Kuest said. “I’d been plenty of places along the Oregon coast, but I’d never driven the whole thing.”

Kuest and his wife were headed to San Francisco anyway for their niece’s wedding and simply said, “Hey, let’s do this!”

The result of their spontaneity was an entire travelogue of photos of everything they saw from Astoria to San Francisco, and Kuest will share that travelogue, called “Along the Pacific Coast,” at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living Community.

Kuest and his wife have made traveling their primary pastime since retiring, and Kuest explained that he started sharing them at Cornell Estates because “after you’ve shown your photos to all your relatives, then who do you show them to?”

The travelogues were well received, Kuest was invited back and he has since become a mainstay there, thanks to his fun stories of serendipitous adventures and his professional-quality photographs.

“Along the Pacific Coast” features everything from natural scenery like redwoods, pelicans and wildflowers to unique attractions like a roadside bigfoot exhibit.

An afterthought of a stop at Oregon State University’s Marine Science Center in Newport resulted in a free lesson on the anatomy of a squid and a shark, as scientists dissected and explained the inner workings of specimens they had caught that morning.




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