Thursday, September 23, 2021

Bend Oregon is Beautiful!

Downtown Bend is absolutely beautiful! The Deschutes River runs right through town, and provides lots of activities for everyone, including surfing on a wave!
Lots of people tube down the river -
In addition to kayaking and paddle boarding.
Even dogs can paddle board!
And the "Rats With Wings" love it too.
You can walk along the river for miles on each side, admiring the flowers -
And this sculpture was gorgeous.
Back where I was staying at the Moose Lodge, the leaves were changing. I love Bend! I could end up living here someday!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Bend, Oregon - One of My Favorite Places!

From the Oregon Coast, I headed inland to one of my very favorite places - Bend! One of the first things I did was go see some of the many lakes nearby. This is my favorite one - Sparks Lake. In the background is South Sister Mountain -
And Broken Top Mountain.
The water is a little low, but it's still a perfect place to kayak. It was starting to get a little smokey because of the fires in Oregon.
By the time I got to the next lake, it was really getting smokey.
This would be the perfect place to learn to sail!
On another day, I did a trip to Tumalo Falls, just a short hike from the trailhead. Just beautiful!
And if you walk farther up the trail, you can see a few other small falls.
Back where I was parked, at the Moose Lodge in Bend, I had this cute little visitor. I'm guessing a Red-Tailed Hawk.
The smoke was pretty bad at times when I was there. This is what the sun looked like sometimes... Lots more to see here - stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Moving Farther Up the Oregon Coast to Florence

My next stop was up the coast farther to Florence, OR. Of course, the first thing I wanted to do was go to Heceta Head Lighthouse.
I just love lighthouses! Unfortunately, there were no tours going on.
But the views were gorgeous!
Lots of cormorants out on that big rock.
Looking back to where the first picture was taken, you can see one of the many Art Deco bridges on the Oregon coast.
I walked around downtown Florence, where they have one of the most beautiful bridges crossing the Siuslaw River.
This unique sea lion welcomed me.
I was enthralled with the mailboxes being used as bird houses!
And of course there was lots of walking on the beach, although you had to climb over the sand dune to get to it. But it was well worth it!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Hanging Out in Brookings

I moved up the coast a bit to stay at a beautiful Elks Lodge. It's a short drive to the beach from there.
A great place to go for a stroll -
And admire the little caves that people have built.
Walking Whaleshead Beach, I stumbled upon a real whale head (and body)!
Also found a deceased Ray.
Back at my campsite, there was some live fauna and flora to admire.
Cute!
But the highlight was watching the Osprey nest high above us. They were quite vocal!
The young ones were almost ready to fledge.
Very fun to watch - I must have taken a couple hundred pictures of them!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Moving Up the Coast a Bit

After Crescent City, I moved up the coast just a little bit, to Smith River, in the Northwest corner of California.
I stayed at the Lucky 7 Casino, within walking distance of the beach.
Just gorgeous!
On the way to the trail down to the beach was a beautiful Tribal Cemetery.
I think the wind blows here a bit...
This must be the party place for the seagulls.
There were some beautiful flowers around -
WOW!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Hightailing It to the Coast

Returning from Ecuador, I drove from my daughter's in San Diego to where my RV was in Provo, Utah. But it was really hot there, so I hightailed it over to the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Crescent City, CA 2 days later. The next day, I went to see the local lighthouse, Battery Point. Make sure you get here at low tide, or you would have to swim over...
I didn't stay in Crescent City very long, but I did go on a hike in Jedidiah Smith State Park on the Boy Scout Tree Trail.
The Redwood trees there are huge, and very interesting.
I had to do a panorama shot to get a photo of one.
Some of the fallen ones could be walked on -
And some needed some Limbo to get under!