The slightly icky: “If you can read this bumper sticker, thank a teacher. If you can read it in English, thank a soldier.” While I admire and appreciate the folks who fight to protect freedom in general and our country in particular, the xenophobic overtones sure turn me off. The fact that the sticker adorned a big ol’honkin SUV only accentuated the “clueless” label with which I’d stereotyped the driver.

The better: Gold Beach Visitor’s Center gives out free maps of Oregon, has a swingset and sent us to Double D’s Café for breakfast.

Once again, more to come.