18 September 2014

Journey To "The End": Part II

We finally made it--
sort of.
By that I mean we reached our goal -
Road's End Point -
and I was VERY grateful and excited to be there!
But, since the tide was coming in,
 we didn't have enough time to explore what lay beyond the first rocky area
(although one of us did have a quick peak at part of it over the rocks--
I'll let you guess which one of us that was. LOL).

The tide was coming in;
the hubby was going out.
Visions of hubby being on the evening news were playing in Aimee's head...
"man rescued by Coast Guard after being stranded at Road's End Point by incoming tide".

Very rugged, very picturesque  area.
It was definitely worth coming!
 I was impressed with the geology of the area.
The ocean seems a lot different here at The Point--so wild and untamed!
SO different from the part of the beach we had started at.

We were not the first creatures to arrive there...
of course the winged ones did have a SLIGHT advantage over us humans:)
Very, very neat!

A bit of sand...
a rock that looks like it's watching me.
Hey! Could this be the famous Wizard Rock?
Could this be the rock that guards the way to the "hidden" beach and cove?

Incoming waves.
No, no!
I haven't "discovered" the "secret" place yet;
I haven't taken a hundred photos of the beach, cove, sea life and caves there.
Incoming waves...

So close and yet so far.
The incoming tide isn't listening to my pleas for it to take its time so
further discoveries and explorations will have to wait for another time.

Goodbye Road's End Point...
goodbye possible Wizard's Rock...
goodbye until next time.

Hello momentary safety!
Looking back from the beach along the headland
(I think some of this is covered up at high tide).

A closer look at one of the trees on top of the headland/point.
Look at those roots!
If only trees could talk...
Hold on little tree--
it's not long before those famous winter storms begin.
Hold on and be strong.

 The beautiful colors of the section that faces the main beach.
When we were walking towards the headland/point/promontory we saw some hikers on
 top of one of the rocks that are on the top.
From what I could find on the web it sounds like there's a trail that leads up there
from a private camp to the north of here
(along the banks of the Salmon River which is between this area and Cascade Head).
It looks just a BIT LOT too high for me.
I think I'll stick to walking along the beach.
Besides I LOVE walking in the ocean!

Looking towards the south...
somewhere down there is the Road's End State Recreation Site where we started from.

This walk was such an unexpected blessing.
We both got a bit of exercise on a perfect sunny day
and it turned out to be a spiritual retreat of sorts for me.

Walking amidst all of this rugged, untouched beauty reminded me
of God's power, glory and love for all of us.
 It took my mind off of the troubling news reports of late
and refocused them on the One who made all of this---and made me too.
My heart felt peaceful once again.

It was a journey to "The End",
but it also marked a new beginning for me -
and that made this journey even more special:)


(Road's End Rec Site)
(Landowner's website that has some fascinating pdf files on the area's history)
(On Flickr: Old Man Travels Photostream. Some awesome photos of the "secret" place)
(I think this is where I first learned about Road's End Point)
PDF file on the geology of the coast from Road's End through Tillamook Bay
 including aerial photos of the different areas.

15 September 2014

Journey To 'The End'

So what exactly is my Farmer Boy doing here and why is his wife just a BIT whole LOT panicky?
Stay tuned and all shall be explained as I tell you about our latest adventure.
It started out innocently enough.
After lunch we arrived at one of my fav beaches and plopped ourselves down on a quilt to rest.
The hubby rested;
the woman amused herself by resting,
shooting photos
and thinking what a glorious, peaceful song the sea makes.

She had some other thoughts though too as her hubby would soon find out...
Then I asked the totally unsuspecting, peacefully resting Farmer Boy
a teeny tiny, itsy bitty question...
Um. Could we please get a 'little closer' to The Point so I could take some better photos of it?
The Point--
that magical place where the land meets the sea;
the same place that has always caught and held captive my gaze since
 first visiting this little piece of sandy paradise years ago.
The place that looks SO tantalizing close when you're sitting on a quilt on the beach there.
        Yep, THAT point  ^^^^ the one right there:)
Surprisingly, the hubby said "yes"
and soon thereafter we set off on our journey--
the Farmer Boy in sandals;
the Aimee Gal, as always, in bare feet.
Along the way we passed by surfers--
LOTS of them.
We also passed by people--
doing the things people do to have fun when at the ocean. 
 Gradually though the crowds thinned out as we left the 'main' park area
and came to the end of the houses that line the area above the beach
(you can't see them, but there are a lot of houses up there)

Of course we saw birds too--
after all this is the beach and the birds seem to love it as much as the locals and visitors all do
(or maybe they just know where to go for free food. LOL).
We saw lots of interesting shells, jelly fish and assorted ocean plant life too
(don't you think this looks like a palm tree taking a nap?
Yep, you are correct, Aimee does have a vivid imagination--a very vivid imagination!)
We walked by lots of dogs--
cute, furry,
small and LARGE.
Lots of awesome dog owners too!

Closer and closer we came to The Point...
(^ about 20 minutes into our walk)

About 20 minutes later we were even closer...LOL
 And then perhaps 5 to 9 minutes after this photo was taken we were finally there!
And so will you be on my next post:)


 Next: THE END
Links on next post.

10 September 2014

OUR Day: September 7, 2014

What official holiday has its own flower (the forget-me-not)
and its own song ("A Song for Grandma and Grandpa" by Johnny Prill)?
Ah, I guess I kind of gave it away with that last question....
Well this past Sunday was OUR THEIR a special day for ALL of us-
Grandparents Day!
We spent time at a favorite lake feeding the locals..
Yum, yum!
I wonder if any of these ducks have grand-ducklings?
Talking together under the shade of a tree...
Swinging on an old fashioned grandparent type swing set.
(Brings back good memories...)
Then we traveled down to the creek where SOME of us took selfies
and OTHERS of us took photos of the ones taking selfies:)
 (you got to love a 'captive' audience)
A few of our party braved the wading pool there and had a LOT of fun!
The wading pool is right next to the creek that they (temporarily) dam
up each year during the summer months.
Voila! A big pool for locals and visitors too.
Pretty neat huh?
Then we went down the lovely road and under this VERY damaged trestle to nowhere.
Quite the drop off yes?
You won't find me up there!

And up this hillside...

which overlooks some of our gorgeous coast range!

There some of us ran around,
some of us laid on the quilt
and others of us walked around taking pictures:)
Was it easy to guess who did the running around?

Autumn in summer--
you got to love it
(I know I do)!
And what makes it even better?
Well Grandparents Day of course!
Of course ANY day with ANY of our five grandkids is a GREAT day for us!
(might need Kleenex on this one)
About the trail that goes through here plus some history and geology of this area
Obviously we've never walked across Tophill,
the former railroad trestle pictured above which partially burned in the mid 1980's,
but I have been across the Buxton trestle.
Here is my post on the Buxton Trestle which is quite safe, family friendly and very pretty:
And last, but not least, Vernonia parks:
And a great photo of "Dewey Pool" from a different angle:

07 September 2014

Life Updates

Constantly changing;
sometimes challenging.
ALWAYS a gift!
I meant to be here.
Really I did.
But then real life intervened with some challenging challenges:)
First, a severely congested ear left me temporarily deaf on one side
and very, very uncomfortable
(can I say how grateful I am for medicine?)
And, I believe it was around the same time that we lost our high speed Internet
(which really isn't so high speed even on its good days).
Suffice it to say this makes blogging quite the challenge:)
Of course, there was the usual stuff too--
Then tonight,
after a few wonderful days of finally getting out to a farm store and
attending a living history reenactment
(both in the valley)
topped off by
getting to see close up some of the trees of the famous Neskowin Ghost Forest
I found our freezer door wasn't completely closed sometime last week and...
well it isn't a pretty picture--
worse yet I have NO more frozen fruit juice bars
But, hey, it was well past the time when the freezer should have been
cleaned, organized and defrosted anyway:)
So life has intervened and plans for posts have been slightly changed.
I hope you'll understand.
In the meantime I hope some recent photos will suffice.
Beautiful Neskowin Beach--
Neskowin Creek,
Proposal Rock (right)
and Cascade Head (left).
More photos later...
Our garden -- prunes.
Each year our harvest of pears, Asian pears, apples, etc., etc. is SO big
we have lots to give away to family and friends.
Since we don't spray, they love it
and so do we as less gets wasted! 
BTW, do you see those gorgeous raindrops??
Yep, we finally had a few 'minutes' of rain in August.
And yes, I raced outside to fully enjoy it because it has been miserably warm
 and dry here this summer
(I gladly admit to being a summer wimp).
ANY rain is a HUGE blessing right now
with our fire danger so very high.
During a trip to one of my favorite farm stores in the valley,
the friend I was with gave me a tour of three of the Russian Old Believer churches...
Here is a link if you'd like to learn more about them:
and a very short video can be found here:
Some info about their unique cross can be found here:
A photo from the Fur Trapper Encampment that was held in Champoeg State Park.
It was fascinating learning more about the trappers and how they lived in the PNW!
I have some more photos to share later...
an interesting part of our history!
More info can be found here at this University of Washington site:
Go Huskies:)
I believe this is the first time I have seen a little red wagon at the beach...
I think I LOVE it:)
Did you see the tent too closer to the ocean?
Maybe that's what this fair skinned Celtic lass needs.
The farm store was GREAT!
More about our visit there later
(until then you can think about yummy peach pies and fabulous cheese).
Mmm. I think I'll go eat that last piece of pie right now.
Despite the challenges these weeks have brought,
the above were all blessings.
Another unexpected blessing occurred when I deactivated my personal Facebook account
earlier this month.
I had considered doing it before,
for a variety of reasons,
and one day I realized
 it was way past time to do it.
Can I say that I feel happier and freer having done so?
 I will reevaluate this change early next month.
Another positive thing,  has been my yearly observance of Elul....
(it's sort of like a Lent when you set time aside to draw closer to God).
I have observed it more or less each year since hearing a Christian pastor talk about it.
(An earlier post about Elul:
Here's one of the key verses I've been studying that I'll share with you.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
the LORD is the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 KJV
I like that!
Sorry if there are any errors.
Aimee should never, ever blog when it's well past time to be asleep.

27 August 2014

Utah: Blessings at Willard Bay

The Pacific NW has lots of bays.
Tillamook, Nestucca, Nehalem and so on.
But surprisingly Utah has a bay too...
 It was a hot day.
It was a REALLY hot day!
It was a really HOT day which made it a really GREAT day to visit the bay--
Willard Bay, Utah that is:)
Willard Bay used to be part of the Great Salt Lake...
but it was permanently separated from that lake in the mid 1960s
and is now a freshwater reservoir.

When we got there,
pale skinned, burns in a minute, Celtic Aimee sat under the nice pavilion
and attempted to stay cool.
She entertained herself watching four of her grandkids and
two of her grown up kids
play in the water... 
She also enjoyed talking with family and extended family
when they weren't playing in the bay--

Aimee enjoyed watching the gulls on the beach too.
You didn't know Utah has gulls?
Well, Aimee didn't either till they came to watch one of her grandson's
soccer games a long, long time ago!

Aimee LOVES gulls AND bays wherever she finds them!
(She loves watching her grandkids play soccer too)

Aimee mostly enjoyed just looking at all the beautiful scenery...
this is one of the views she particularly liked!
I bet another thing you may not know is that there is a wildlife refuge not far from here.
I didn't till I was doing some research.
Aimee really wanted to go there, because --
as you probably already know --
Aimee loves wildlife,
but alas the refuge is filled with blood sucking mosquitoes at this time of the year--
and Aimee is no match for Utah's lovely sun AND blood sucking mosquitoes.
Hopefully next time!
Yep, we have blood sucking mosquitoes at home in the Pacific NW too--
and they all LOVE Aimee ;(
Another thing Aimee loves?
Catching birds in flight.
Yep, Aimee LOVES that!
And other things in flight too:)
Aimee also likes these shoes DD's sister was wearing!
She loves the pretty color
and she LOVES the fact that they remind her of the toe socks
she used to wear when she was younger...
Aimee might be is checking into getting some of these.
Another thing Aimee loves?
Oh you already know...
gorgeous mountains, lovely blue skies, a beautiful bay, entertaining birds, awesome shoes
and fabulous family!
Aimee was HOT but happy this day.
Aimee always is when she's with her kids and grandkids:)
Willard Bay Info
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
(maybe next time!)
The California Gull

Note to visitors:
Coming soon (if my Internet cooperates and as daily life allows) --
 I've been nominated followed closely by I can't believe I didn't do this:)
And some more trip photos...

25 August 2014

Utah: The Amazing Logan Canyon Scenic Byway, Pt II

Ready for more of the  Logan Canyon Scenic Byway?
I know I am...
As I said, there is a variety of landscapes along this canyon--
all of them beautiful in their own special way.
No wonder it has been designated a scenic byway!
The only thing I didn't take photos of were the drop offs.
They aren't so bad from what I have been told, but I am a little sensitive to such things...
fortunately my wonderful son-in-law would call out a warning before any of them
and I would just look the other way. On the byway, both sides were interesting
so I didn't feel I was missing anything.
Most importantly, I would DEFINITELY feel comfortable taking this route again--
and there are some places, such as a certain forest service road in Oregon, that I wouldn't say the same thing about.
This is a paradise as far as the outdoor enthusiast is concerned.
Hiking, horsebackriding, photography (yea!), fishing (the river is dammed at several locations),
skiing and other winter activities.
And there are even more roads that branch off this main one
and lead you to other places that sound gorgeous too!
We stopped here for a break--
not too far from the summit and interesting!
This was one of my most favorite areas.
Beautiful, but tricky if you are here during the wintertime.
A sort of iffy photo of the river that runs by the roadside.
MUCH prettier in person!
Another place we stopped, on the way back to Logan and the Cache Valley, was Ricks Spring.
Here my youngest grandson explores it:)
And above that area is where Small One went into her first cave...
she had the joy of several firsts on this trip:)
My first one (or at least the first one I remember) was Skeleton Cave near Bend, Oregon.
Here is a great link to see photos and info on Skeleton Cave
I also saw, but didn't go in, the Arnold Ice Cave
This was all a long time ago but very memorable!
Have any of you been in a cave?
Next: The Bay By the Lake
Photos of one of the caves at Ricks Spring
More Ricks Spring
And for my later delight--310 photos of the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway
(thank you US Government)
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