First, a couple of sunrise photos for your viewing pleasure! These are at the nearby Devils Lake.
Trying to get good sunrise and sunset photographs was part of our daily routine for a while. We were always searching for the best spots! It turned out to be quite the challenge since there was a mountain range to the east of us and the ocean was often too cloudy.
See, you are trying to work on your blog, and there she is – I want attention – I’m lonely – I need love – please don’t ignore me!
Can you tell? There are three cats on my lap sleeping or wanting some morning grooming. I can’t tell you how often this happened. If I sat on the recliner or couch, within a minute, I had those three critters all vying for the perfect spot.
I told you this girl loved water! I put this bucket out to collect rain water for the indoor plants. Whenever it wasn’t raining, she would come outside and play in this bucket. Once when it was almost empty, she got inside it. When she was done, did she lick her paws? No! She didn’t care one bit! Very unusual for a cat.
She’s a funny one, right!
As spring approached, the sun shone more often, and that’s when this lady would sleep on the cat perch. She only slept there when the sun was shining on it through the window which wasn’t for very long.
Cat Number Three
When the sun was shining, this guy never went on the cat perch; he slept outside on the patio right in the sun. Well, first he rolled around a lot. We haven’t mentioned that none of the cats ever tried to scale the fence on the balcony. Their owner had made it nearly impossible. They also never tried to get out the front door, ever!
Cat Number Four
Given this guy’s temperament and challenging relations with his feline housemates, he was often relegated to sleeping on the top of the rocking chair or in the back bedroom. I never saw him lying out in the sun, not once. Even though we were friends by now, he didn’t go out much as he seemed afraid of us going in and out, it was strange.
It took a few months, but eventually, I got all five cats in a photograph! You have to look closely in the distance for Bashful. That’s as close as she would get. To say I was always covered in cat fur would be an understatement!
Last But Not Least
This little girl, I felt so sorry for her. She only had physical contact with one living creature, ever! I spent a lot of time sitting and talking to her. She would sit like that and listen to me, blink her eyes slowly and keep on looking at me.
I started tossing treats towards her as well. Eventually, she got to the point where she would eat those treats before I left. Most times she would wait until I left before eating them. It was all I could do to give her affection; it was difficult for me to witness day after day.
Our Favorite Place
We haven’t told you about our favorite place in Lincoln City! A neighborhood garden – free – open all year and run by volunteers – Connie Hanson Garden. In between hail storms and rain, we would visit to see the which plants were budding or sprouting. Many of the flower photos you’ve seen in our posts were taken there. It was a magical place indeed.
It changed from week to week as the different plants blossomed. The most abundant plants there were rhododendrons. They were everywhere, all different colors and many were very tall. Almost every time we visited we were the only people there. Maybe because it was winter?
Seriously, are they gorgeous or what! I loved that place.
Into the Woods!
I often looked for interesting places nearby and stumbled upon a place called Drift Creek. Well, we found the road and started driving! We drove and drove up and around mountains for at least two hours and saw a lot of trees on the small mountain road!
At one point while ascending what did we see coming around a tight corner? This massive logging truck. Oh, my God, how are we both going to fit? It was a tight squeeze to be sure.
That’s what they do up here – log – plant – wait – log some more. It was intense watching that thing so close to us with a ravine to our right.
Signs like the one below dot the Pacific Northwest. Most of these are way out in the woods – you would have to travel far into the forest to see them. Some local folks may know the history of an area and remember fires. There have been so many fires you would be hard pressed to find out very much about any but the largest ones.
This one occurred during a time of significant changes in forest “management” and legislation governing the appropriate use of public resources. We’re glad the area was replanted. The trees there, though not virgin growth Douglas Furs, were mature and abundant. Note the sequence of events.
Watch Out Ahead!
At one point we looked ahead and saw the road blocked. The fellow said he had cut down the tree and was in the process of cleaning up the road. Jim got out and helped.
From then on we joked about buying a chainsaw to keep in the car. What if we got stuck on one of these roads? Call for help? There is never – repeat, never – any cell reception in these mountains!
After quite a bumpy journey, we reached a crest, and it had a view! Since the road had twisted and turned through the mountains, we didn’t know quite where we were. It turned out we entered back into civilization only a few miles south of our home.
Visiting Cape Kiwanda
On another day, we traveled north to visit the Cape we’d missed on our last trip north – Cape Kiwanda. We didn’t do any research about the place and didn’t know what we’d find. It turned out that we had driven by it and thought it was just a beach. Well, on this day we saw that it was more than a beach, much more.
This sandstone cape stands in contrast to the neighboring basalt headlands and forested areas. There is quite a large beach there as well. Boaters are allowed to bring their vehicles on the sand close to the water – that was a bit strange for us.
On the south side of the cape, there is a giant dune. We joked about climbing to the top of that hill just to say we did, but we didn’t. We went up a bit and then around. It’s hard work walking up sand mountains!
We saw a few people here and there, but mostly we had the place to ourselves.
What a Place!
You could find a shoreline like this in a hundred places along the Coast: sandy beaches enclosed on either side by rocky formations. The waves here were unusually large, coming straight in from the ocean in deep water. The area feels rugged and slightly dangerous. If you find yourself in the water here – good luck – you’re unlikely to find your way out.
Most of the area near the shoreline was fenced off and for good reason. Helicopter rescues are a common news item and always involve someone who ignored the signs and common sense.This is 500 feet on the other side of the rocks. Peaceful, shallow water and fun.
No beach houses in this area!
We loved hopping around on the rocks. Always some unusual formation to look at and the water was constantly piling up and draining away with each wave.
Looks like a pretty desolate place, right!
The old man by the sea?
Goodbye, Cape Kiwanda!
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