22 August 2015

Scenes Of The Bay + Seashore For Your Saturday

Blessed Saturday to you all!
Today Farmer Boy and I are quite busy working on house repairs (him) and the garden (me).
Therefore I am going to keep this post rather short so I can get back outside:)
SO much to do...
As is always the case, my body may be in our garden on this Saturday,
but my heart is along the bay--
the beautiful, wonderful bay.

(Photo: another view of the Three Graces near Barview and the mouth of Tillamook Bay)
How I would LOVE to be anywhere along its shores right now...
at Kilchis Point Reserve,
Bayocean County Park,

(Photo: Garibaldi, Tillamook Bay)
How I would love to be eating some fish there right now or maybe a yummy shrimp salad.

But it isn't to be,
 and a almond butter and organic honey sandwich will have to do for lunch today.

(Photo: oyster shell "mountains" and seagulls along Tillamook Bay)
 God willing, it won't be too long before I will yet again
be walking the familiar sands of our beaches and bays,

(Photo: seagulls at Rockaway Beach--just north of Tillamook Bay)

admiring the lovely offshore rock formations,

(photo: Twin Rocks from Rockaway Beach)

or watching with interest the workers ready the historic train before she takes off along the shore.

(Photo: train at Rockaway)

But for now, all these lovely pastimes will have to wait till we take care of things here at home.

And, sadly, this blog will have to be put on hold for awhile too.
Hopefully by then I will be able to post more recent photos of raindrops :(

Until we meet again.

Blessings & peace to you,

(the train pictured above is over 100 years old!)

18 August 2015

Return To The Nestucca River National Country Byway: The Canyon

Both Farmer Boy and I have fond memories of the Nestucca River
 from when we were younger...
I recall camping along it at least once, under the stars, with my then best friend and also of times spent at a park that was located at the base of a dam (no longer accessible).
My hubby recalls visiting the area of the Meadow Lake dam which failed in the early 60s, fishing the Nestucca River and also of a "swimming hole".

Not so very long ago it became our "mission" to find that somewhat elusive "swimming hole".

Just a note that I am arranging these photos from east to west so,
if you look at the links below,
you'll have a better idea of what to expect.
And now some green immersion for this warm summer day:)
The coast range is a wonderland of ferns, trees and more. I never tire of it!
Not too far from the site of historic Meadow Lake Dam
you'll enter into the lovely Nestucca river canyon.
Pretty overhead woodland canopy.
Our furry passenger on this mission on her way to her beloved dad.
Coming Papa!
The swimming hole from above.
Much prettier in person where you can truly enjoy the peace of the area.
Lovely, lovely green. Is it my Celtic DNA that makes me love this color?
There were places on the route that reminded me of a tree "cathedral"--so amazing!
I am constantly amazed at the artistry of our Creator!

A small detour off the main road brought us to this nice view.
LOVE (usually) those small detours--
of course there are those narrow, winding, cliff filled, car injuring forest roads
  that I am not too fond of:)
They are not too far from here.
By the way there are a number of waterfalls in this area--some easier to get to than others.

Can I also say that we had a very magical experience while in the canyon?
A beautiful butterfly accompanied our moving car for awhile--
almost flying through our open window.
Totally amazing!
Rural view as we draw closer to the coast.
Another thing I never tire of? Clouds, mist and fog on my beloved mountains and hillsides.
Good bye for now my beloved Nestucca River--
see you again.

Before I close this post--
in fitting with the beautiful creation experienced along this byway--
a bit of the WORD for your day (even though it's not Wednesday--LOL)

Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD...
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised.
Psalms 113:1, 3 KJV
Blessings, Aimee

Some info:
There are two routes through this lovely area.
One, the Bald Mountain road is a one lane paved road and, as you may guess from the "mountain" part of the name, it'll take you up in elevation. Later, you will turn onto Bible Creek Rd (two way paved road) which will--in time--rejoin the main route after the campgrounds.
The second and main route is the one through the Nestucca River canyon. On this one, the road is paved except for a few miles of gravel. As I have mentioned, you can also camp here along the river. Both routes are meant to be taken slowly and enjoyed :)
My Collection --thus far--of Nestucca River National Country Byway Posts:
(Meadow lake dam)
(Bible Creek Rd, Lake, etc.)
(Bald Mountain/Bible Creek Rd Route)
(Bald Mountain/Bible Creek Rd Route--first time)
(Meadow Lake area and more)
(Meadow Lake area, viewpoint BLM)

And, somewhere, hiding in my files and possibly this website,
 are photos of two of the waterfalls along this route and
one of those narrow, winding, cliff filled, car injuring forest roads
  that I am not too fond of ;)

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