Friday, April 28, 2017

Last Day at the Beach

The last full day at the beach on vacation is always bittersweet.  You want to make the most of it and you are also looking forward to heading home and to sleep in your own bed.  We had our last lunch at Georgie's Grill and this was the view from our table.  They have that walkway and platform there for weddings - the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is off in the distance for photos of the happy couple.  I had the most divine shrimp for lunch!

We then drove down to the Historic Bayfront.. I hopped out of the car to take some photos of the sea lions on the jetties - I wish you could hear them.. they go ORK ORK ORK.. 

Goofy creatures.

Do you see the young ones of the group?

The NOAA ship was across the way.  It's the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  I hope it's not a victim of the current administration's budget cuts.  

I also love this cute little fishing boat, Luna.

I have a favorite place that I go, where they keep stacks and stacks of crab traps, where I snap a photo of Yaquina Bay Bridge behind the fishing fleet.  If you're a longtime reader of my blog you may recognize this.  :-)

Driving back along the bay front where the second Mo's restaurant resides.  Now there are many of them along the coast.

As you round the corner up off the bay front you see on the left the Coast Guard Station, isn't it gorgeous?  I am particularly fond of this image with the dark storm clouds behind it with the sun illuminating the building.  :-)

The next detour off Hwy 101 was to visit the tiny park where I can see my favorite house at the beach.  it's a stone and cedar shake cottage.  I was horrified to see a huge new home being built next to it.. it sure does ruin the view!  

But I can always crop it out.  :-)

 This viewpoint park is at the northern end of Otter Crest Loop.  Here is Dayle and Buddy enjoying the view.. smile!  *click*

After we left the park I drove into the loop where the stone house resides and we found the name of it on this gorgeous stone pillar with a bronze plaque - CRAGGANMORE.  My dream home.

I did some internet sleuthing and this house sold for $49,995 by the last purchasers in 1989!  Oh my.  

And this is the waterfall that tumbles down in front of the house.  So pretty.

One time when I was taking photos of my favorite house there was a man on the porch enjoying the view from one of the Adirondack chairs there.  

I love the paint colors they used.

And the stonework is wonderful.

And so, yesterday we awoke, had our coffee and breakfast, packed up and stowed everything and drove home.  One thing I'm so happy about is that the lilacs did not bloom out while I was gone.. it was too chilly and rainy.. we have some nice weather coming now so I will be able to cut my lilac bouquet soon!  Now.. back to real life.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birthday at the Beach

What a nice week we've had in our caravan by the ocean.  I just wish you could hear the roar of it right now.. the massive waves pounding on the shore.. boom.. wash.. boom.. I put my favorite photo from Monday at the top here.. it's the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  Wasn't it nice of the weather to put some artistic clouds in the distance with the blue sky above?  :-)

Rewind.. backspace.. to Sunday.  My younger sister Denise drove down to visit us.  We visited for a while in the trailer and then hopped into the car for a drive north to have lunch at Kyllo's restaurant.  This is the view from our table.  It's our new favorite place for lunch.  The "D River" flows by, it's called "The World's Shortest River" as it flows from Devil's Lake across the road from the restaurant.  Isn't this a beautiful view?

All three of us had the filet mignon with mashed potatoes and sauteed veggies.  It was sooOOoo good!

After a perfectly divine lunch we drove down and went into Taft for Denise to check-in to her hotel, then on down to the turnaround and we snapped some shots of the seals napping on the beach.

If you didn't know they were seals they might look like a bunch of rocks.. lol.

See a couple of them looking at you?  :-)

Then I turned off Hwy 101 to drive up the Siletz River to show Denise our favorite "Nurse Log".  She had never seen it in person and was properly impressed and charmed by it!  A nurse log is a fallen tree which, as it decays, provides ecological facilitation to seedlings.  I just *LOVE* this log!  One year there was a Canada goose on her nest on the left end of it.

Dayle snapped this "artsy" shot with the branch across with moss hanging from it.

He also snapped a group of Cormorants on a mossy log.

I exited the car to get closer to the river bank to snap an image that shows how far off the bank the log is.  The tide was out so the log was higher in the air than usual.  I wonder how long this will remain there?  

We then went back to our trailer for some relaxing and visiting.  Denise and I crocheted - she's making the same Corner to Corner shawl that I just finished in another colorway.  I Finished my shawl and began a small lap blanket.  What a nice time we had!  She headed off to her hotel and returned on Monday morning.  More chatting and crocheting and then we headed off to take her to another restaurant we'd found and she'd never been to.  The Wildflower Grill is located in a charming vintage cottage sitting above a pond where ducks paddle around.  Here is the view from our table.

I love how homey this place is, they even have potted plants in the corner.. this unique variety of Christmas Cactus was in full and glorious bloom!  I asked the manager if I could take a small leaf to propagate and he said yes, and even gave me a damp paper napkin to wrap it in!  :-)

This wonderful painting of the cafe was hanging on the wall so I snapped a shot of it.. the manager said his aunt owned the place and this is what it looks like in summer when the flowers are in bloom.

Denise left and headed home after lunch.  Some gorgeous blue sky was emerging from the clouds so we drove on south down 101 to visit the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  I will never ever tire of visiting this place.  I pulled over as we neared the lighthouse to get a shot of it with the Pacific Ocean behind it.

We then drove on down to park right in front of it.  Just sky and artful clouds as a backdrop.  :-)

I zoomed in to show you the Fresnel lens inside.  It's designed to allow the light to be visible over great distances.

I walked over to the edge of the parking area to get a photo of the Common Murre - and there were none there!  So I stopped on the way out and asked the lady at the toll booth and she said they weren't nesting right now so they leave in the morning and come back at night each day.  LOL!  But I did snap some more Cormorants on a big rock with the waves crashing upon it.

I brought my little cutting home and asked Dayle to take a plastic container and get me a bit of dirt from the bank behind our trailer.. and I stuck the little thing down in the dirt.  Do you think this will grow for me?  We'll find out!

I'd put in the last stitch on my C2C shawl before we headed out to lunch.. I wanted to show you so I sweet talked my husband into modeling it for me.  :-D  I'm not sure it needs an edging.. what do you think?

The fun thing about the way the stripes work on this is from the front the stripes are vertical and on the back they are horizontal!  The yarn is Red Heart Boutique "Unforgettable" in the "Polo" colorway.  

Funny story.. I had a pile of yarn ends sitting next to me and I grabbed them up for Dayle to toss into the garbage as he walked by.  So.. later I was looking for my 25th anniversary ring and could not find it.. we looked everywhere, turned over my chair, looked and looked and could not find it.. so we thought about recent events and both realized I could have scooped it up with the yarn ends to throw away.  So my dear husband started looking through the little bin and lo and behold, nestled in yarn ends and coffee grounds.. was my ring.  OH MY!  Worse yet, had I not looked for my ring when I did, the trash would have been tossed into the dumpster on our way out to lunch.  Ai yi yi!

I wanted to show you the lovely gift my daughter Amy sent to me for my birthday - it's tiny flowers suspended in resin.  Isn't it pretty?

And next to my birthday card from my daughter Amy, is a darling little band of sheep all dressed in different little outfits, some holding books, one with a backpack, one with a bag.  Aren't these just adorable?  Kristi gave these to me.  :-)

Yesterday was my birthday proper and each of my 3 kids called and wished me a happy birthday and I also got to talk to all 6 of my grandkids, too!  That just made my day!  Here is a photo from 2013 when our whole family was at the beach together.  In fact it's been 4 years since we've all been together.  With two families now living afar I wonder if we'll ever all be in the same room again?  ::sigh::  But it was a great time and you can see more photos HERE.

This is our last full day at the coast, we'll enjoy it, and then in the morning we'll have coffee and then pack up and head home.  It's been a grand time.  Thanks for all your birthday wishes!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pacific Exploration Further South

The weather on Friday was supposed to be spectacular, so we set out on an adventure.  This was our sea by our caravan as we pulled out that day.  

It was a high tide, the waves were breaking right near the sea wall.

This is the view looking south.

Earlier before we left I had seen a group of seals out in the water so I zoomed in and saw them with their flippers sticking up, I googled it and apparently they sleep while floating in a group and stick their flippers up.. funny, huh?

We stopped at Georgies Grill for lunch and Dayle had a Dungeness crab wedge salad.

I had halibut fish and chips!

After lunch we drove around the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, look at that blue sky!

Then we snapped a photo of the Yaquina Bay Bridge which we would soon be driving over to head south.  

Years ago we'd found this little beach access and walked down on the beach and saw people with bags of agates.. we began looking and we ourselves found a large collection of them!  Funny as we've checked each time we're here since and not one agate to be found.  It's so odd how that goes.  Dayle took Buddy for a nice beach walk but no agates were found.

I spied a fishing boat and zoomed in for a shot.

And then we hit the road south as I had wanted dearly to return to see the Heceta Head Lighthouse south of Waldport and North of Florence, Oregon.  We had never gone down to the park below it but we did this time!  There is a rocky beach and protected cove there and up on the hill is the beautiful lightkeeper's house.  The lighthouse is behind those trees on the left, someone needs to cut some of those darn trees down so you can see it from the park!  :-)

I think of the families that lived here over the years and hopefully had many happy times in this beautiful home.

People sure were enjoying the beach.

Dayle was wearing his Purple Heart cap and a man in the car parked next to us thanked him for his service and then they began sharing war stories.  I listened and enjoyed the view of the Pacific Ocean.

I walked down the sidewalk and saw this fun old VW "truck" that had a canvas cover of the pickup bed.  Have you ever seen one like this?

We then got back on highway 101 and as the road curved up the hill I pulled off at a viewpoint.. this was the moment I'd been waiting for.. an opportunity to capture images of the picturesque Heceta Head Lighthouse!  Do you see it?  This shot encompasses the whole scene.

A bit of zoom takes you closer so you can see the lighthouse and outbuildings.  I think this just may be the most picturesque of Oregon lighthouses!

There is a light that flashes on and off and I can't tell you how hard I tried to get a photo when it was bright.  :-)

The closest of all.. I was very pleased with the shots I got on my pocket sized Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60.

We then drove on to visit Florence.. no photos there but we were amazed at how much growth of this town, it used to be small and sleepy with a fun old town on the Siuslaw River.  Funny story.. I googled "best restaurants in Florence" and told Dayle.. this is weird, all the places are Italian!".. then I realized I had googled Florence, Italy!  LOL!  Below is a photo of the Salal plants that are outside our caravan/trailer.  Salal berries were an important food source for the local native people.

We had a LONG drive that day and I kept an eagle eye on the sun as it was setting and we got "home" just in time to snap a few images of a fire-y sky.

See the bird in the sky?

Day is done.. gone the sun.. from the lake, from the hills, from the sky...

Saturday had some morning rain and more nice weather the rest of the day.. then we've had a few days of a lot of rain, but we still enjoy ourselves here.  My sister Denise drove down for a visit yesterday and we went out for dinner and some adventuring.  She spent the night in a hotel and is here now visiting with us.  Another lunch out together and then she heads home.  I hope your week will be wonderful.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)