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:)


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