I finally attained majority. I figure when you hit 65 you better admit that you're grown up. Especially when the gov'mint says you qualify for Medicare. So in order to celebrate said attainment we decided that we would take a week-long trip to the Southern Oregon Coast. I'd never been there and I'd heard that the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor that hugs the Pacific coast was nothing short of spectacular. It was and we were pleasantly surprised to discover a number of other beauties that we did not expect. Here are some highlights.
|This herd of elk just outside Orick, CA have no interest in the gawking humans.|
|High above the coast at House Rock. Hmmmm, moisture!|
|Whaleshead Beach. As above so below.|
|Tree roots in Stout Grove (Redwood National Monument). It made a sound when it fell. Trust me.|
|The baby tree will live on, bridged in the air, after the nurse tree decays away.|
|This Amanita Muscaria proves nature is anything but dull.|
|Wild Coast. Dinky humans.|
|Rocks anchored like ships in a cove.|
|This picture doesn't do the Oregon Dunes justice. They go on for 40 miles.|
On this trip it became clear why California has no water. The punks in Oregon have it all. We were astounded at the size of Oregon rivers. The Umpqua, Rogue, and Siuslaw for example make our nice Sacramento River seem like a junior river.
|No, it's not a lake. It's the Siuslaw River.|
All in all we had a wonderful time. I got my rain fix. I got my smoked salmon. We hiked everywhere. We slept in and ate good food. And we did it on a shoe string. Yes, all in all it was a great trip.