14 January 2011

A Look Back at 2010: Pacific NW Photo Potpourri

It's pleasant fragrance follows me home
the salty smell of the seashore

the fresh, clean aroma of the foothills and mountains

the earthy perfume of the woodlands and forests

It is the scent of nature

it is the fragrant potpourri of the PNW
It is that sweet something that satisfies me to my very soul
and yet

always leaves me wanting more

What does your area's potpourri smell like?
coast at sunset (there were people riding the waves)
(3 photos) along the Three Rivers highway
(LOVE that place!)
View from Ft Yamhill
(so have to go back there! Somewhere I have a photo of the historic blockhouse that was moved quite a long time ago to a small town about 1/2 hour or so away from the fort site)
This is probably the Nehalem Valley--not too far from the Sunset Highway
(yes I love the names of the PNW roads)
(3 photos) trail in the foothills of NW Oregon

13 January 2011

A Look Back at 2010: Autumn in the PNW-Pt 4

Remember this?
Lots of blue.
And sunshine.
Lots of sunshine.
And this?
More blue.
And green too.
And dry grass
not soggy wet grass.
What about this?
Pleasant warm temperatures,
no clouds.

And this?
Very happy seagulls and very happy people spending time by the bay.
(sorry no photos of the happy people today
but take my word for it they were happy, including the kayaker in the bay).

Very happy people and seagulls.
Sunshine and warmth.
And blue...
It is a state of mind that doesn't always mean unhappiness:)
Spring coming
sooner or later
to a location near you!
Are you ready for it?

taken autumn 2010
Siletz River-traveling eastward
(love those mountains)
Siletz River--looking towards the west (the bay)
Siletz Bay
(beautiful bay, part of it is a national wildlife refuge)
(there are always lots of seagulls)
Taft sign
D Lake from the state park there
(it actually goes by a different name but IMO it is way TOO pretty to call it that)

12 January 2011

A Look Back at 2010: Autumn in the PNW-Pt 3


I am a small town/country girl.
I can enjoy cities (I used to live in Seattle),
but my heart belongs to the small town and the country.
Now if you throw in history
(here there is strong logging tradition and a lot of historical buildings),
parks (city and county),
and views of hills and such...
you have me as your friend forever:)
Oh and good (tasteful) public art--
I love public art.
From the statues in a wonderful park in Loveland, Colorado
to the great metalwork I found throughout Vernonia;
call me happy when I see art in communities!
(possibly more photos of art later)

Add to that, fabulous Baba Ghanoush,
lamb, mint tea, baklava...but that will have to wait for another post;
it would make me just TOO hungry if I had to look at those photos tonight:)

Yes, beautiful


Can't wait to go back!
Photos and notes:
Park located up on a hill overlooking the town
(hard to see when leaves are on the trees--but very pretty)
Another park--Vernonia Lake;
an old millpond with a walking path and wonderful views!
Sign near the main street of town
(which is highway 47)
Another water view at another city park
(can you tell I love reflections in water?)
One of the metal sculptures on the historic buildings downtown
(they all had a common theme of wildlife, logging, small town historical life)
3 more photos of the Vernonia Lake park area
and the ducks.
I LOVE ducks;
my sibling used to own 3 ducks.
We lived in the country then on a stream with big trees all around.
Good days, well except for the time I tried to walk on water there
(yes, it had ice on it).
I might have made it but I panicked (?) and tried to run;
it was a really cold horseback ride home.
I am thankful for horses and neighbors watching over silly neighbors.
I am thankful for funny memories like that too.
Cute autumn decoration at the Shay Locomotive park
(historical locomotive)
I have a thing about the railroad too;
maybe I get that from my grandpa.
Note: in part 2 you can see some photos of the park near their airport--the most secluded of the parks we visited that day (there were more in the town we didn't get to and of course there is the nature reserve, the county parks, the waterfall and all the areas in between).
Am so going back--soon!

The WORD on Wednesday: New Year's Resolution II

My next New Year's resolution is this one I first wrote about when my mom's condition had been fully diagnosed and we realized exactly what it would mean for her, and us. At this low point, Psalm 46:10 was of great comfort to me; actually all of Psalms 46 is good!
"Be still and know that I am God."
Be still and look around you;
I am the Creator of all the beauty and grandeur of nature that surrounds you.
I am your Creator too.
Why do you fear?
Why do you limit Me to what you can understand?
Your preconceptions of who I am,
the world's view of who I am,
rather then
who I say I am.
Am I not almighty?
Have I not promised I would be with you,
your mom
and all who believe in Me forever?
Have I not promised to be her Shepherd and yours,
even through the Valley of the Shadow of Death;
am I not faithful according to My promises?
Am I not merciful?
Am I not gracious to those who call on me with humble hearts?
Perfect in love and faultless?
Silence your doubts,
listen to Me.
Put your hand in mine
and believe the One who created all of this beauty,
the One who sees the whole picture
the One who loves His children perfectly
and has a great plan for them all.
KNOW that I am God.
I don't make mistakes.
Draw near Me,
in silence,
I have a lot more to teach you if you're ready.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations He hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalms 46 KJV
Photo: the Siletz River traveling east

11 January 2011

A Look Back at 2010: Autumn in the PNW-Pt 2

I had never been to this area before--
close by, yes, but close was definitely not close enough!
Needless to say--
I LOVED this mountain valley and wondered what took us so long to go there.

It is located in Oregon's coast range,
I might have already said that.
Remember the park we just visited?
One of the trails that runs through that park, originates in the little town of Banks
and ends in the historic town of Vernonia,
another little town.
Re: the trestle pictured above.
I read that when you're on that trail,
you get to cross trestles like this one.
I LOVE trestles,
the view looking up to them is perfect!
Just like the trail,
our goal was the historic town of Vernonia
and Mediterranean food!
This is
some of the autumn color we saw that day.
See the blue sky?
The PNW usually has awesome early fall weather!
-Now, just so you know, I am currently in a race.
That's right--even though it is not (I hope) too evident on these 2 posts,
I am racing the clock because soon my DH will be up
and he will need his laptop-
in fact he has every intention of taking it to work today
and so things are going to get a little wierd now...
because I have a lot of photos of the Vernonia area
and no time to post them.
So we're going to get unchronological here
(hum, is that even a word? My sleep deprived brain is getting tired now)
Of course if you've never been to this area,
this fact won't bother you at all.
And actually we could have done it this way.
So I really didn't need to mention it:)
So here we go on a little detour to a park located in the valley,

Gorgeous view on the way (or the way back)
Into the park area
A new friend we met there.
He (or she) was VERY interested in something across the river.
So we will leave him
and I will pack up the laptop--quickly!
Photos: Nehalem Valley and park, Autumn 2010.
Note: Got to go--sorry about the quickly written commentary--
hope it makes some sense:)
Have a great day!

A Look Back at 2010: Autumn in the PNW--Pt I

Nothing like looking at photos of God's creations to turn a bit of SAD and accompaning 'growlies" (don't try to look that last word up; it only exists in my mind--I think)
to a bit of glad! Now if I just can stay awake all day:)
Here are a few photos from autumn travels...
My traveling companion on our first visit to one of the NW's newest parks.
Don't you love his traveling gear? Believe me there was a BIG reason for that coat and hood;
it was SO cold on top of this hilltop--brrrr!

But the views were incredible!
BTW--this is one of the NW's newest parks and neither of us had been there before!

I can almost pretend I am on the top of the world here;
of course I'm not...
I DO have a vivid imagination:)
Local vegetation--pretty!
Ew--the photo isn't too great though:(

And the view on the way down.
Ahhh---I wish I was there right now...
well in about 3 hours I wish I could be there.
Sadly, laundry and other tasks await me here
and DH has to go to work.
Oh well--maybe someday soon we can return to this wonderland of hiking trails, gorgeous views, trees, forests and more!
Blessings all,
Photos: taken at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, autumn 2010
Note: sorry--no forest photos, maybe later.
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