For us, the best part of staying in one spot is the opportunity to slow down and just be. Not having to choose one day trip over another, spending lazy days at home, not caring about a few days of rain, getting to know an area much better, all of these are why we stopped here for three weeks. The cool temps and gorgeous views make it even better!
When the tide is out, we are entertained by folks pulling out bait shrimp and raking for clams. When it's in, we're treated to the water lapping on the rocks and the occasional seal who manages to always duck under when I get my camera out.
|It's a much different view when the tide's out.|
|Everyone has these shrimp-sucker-uppers for collecting salmon bait.|
|On the other side of the pier, kids dig for clams.|
|Returning to shore as the tide moves back in.|
|There are few places to pull over for photos, but I do manage to catch this pretty girl wading along the river bank.|
|Looks more like a tropical island than a northwest forest.|
|The water is so clear!|
|Looks like a good diving rock until you see the other large rock below the surface.|
|Fluffy trail blazer.|
|Fabulous forest fungi.|
|This old trunk has such wonderful textures.|
|He doesn't move a hair as long as we stand here. We keep going so he can finish eating. And breathe.|
|These colors really pop along the trail.|
|Several riffles provide wonderful background music for our hike.|
|Not too wet for these two. With an average of 89 inches of rain per year, I'm sure locals don't let a little precipitation keep them indoors.|
Nehalem, and Nehalem Bay, and Nehalem River (limited creativity here) are all very quiet. We want to come back and explore a couple more places that Laurel (see previous post) recommends, when the sun come out.
|Nehalem River in the rain.|
|We can't help but laugh at the green sign.|
|North of Manzanita we turn around at the view point.|
|The coast is a very different place in the rain. Still beautiful.|
Monday we head inland under partially cloudy skies, but it quickly clears and the temps increase. We actually turn on Piper's AC while exploring the forests and small towns (87 degrees!).
|As much as we love the water in Tillamook, these are the views we fell in love with.|
|A fresh crop of giant marshmallows.|
The areas that were re-planted in the last three years are thick with new trees and shrubs and hundreds of colorful Foxglove.
|In eight years the new trees will be 10 feet tall. Today it is a very different "forest".|
We have no idea what to expect but the "just a full parking lot and a restroom" is less than we're hoping for. With a bit of exploring we find the trailhead (nope), and a beautiful picnic area. Everyone is on the trail, and we have this area to ourselves. As is often the case in these "let's go see" stops, we find delightful surprises.
|For our enjoyment and safety we choose to stay "down here".|
|Saddle Mountain is one of the highest points in northwest Oregon at 3,287|
|30x zoom, zero elevation gain.|
|Moss-dotted Aspens make for a very different looking forest.|
|Nice turtle tattoo on this cut log.|
|So many layers.|
|Beautiful view of Mt Hood, 100 miles away.|
|Still lots of snow.|
Tessa and I enjoy morning walks along the bay, through part of town, and back on the harbor. There are lots of beautiful flowers along the way.
|A favorite for big black bees.|
|Pretty bright yellow at the harbor.|
|Blowing in the bright sun, these grasses look like spun gold.|
|Pretty succulents along the bay.|