We stopped off at a scenic overlook on the way in. This is Neahkahnie Mountain. Our daughter's ashes are buried nearby. Below and left of center in the image is the little town of Manzanita, Oregon. We were about ten miles from the state park at this point.
We have a nice campsite, and while we can't see the ocean, we can hear it.
There has been nine inches of rainfall so far during the month of February, and the sites to the right of us are mostly flooded. We just barely managed to escape the flood zone where we are, which means the surrounding grass is very soggy and muddy. It was nice yesterday, and we got out for a walk on the beach. There is a grass-covered dune between us and the ocean.
Once you get across the dune, you can look to the north and see Manzanita again, and that's Neahkahnie Mountain there.
Look to the south, and you see this:
We saw this guy and some of his friends considering their options.
Here in Oregon, we're always talking about the possibility of tsunamis and the impending cataclysm when the Cascadia Subduction Zone decides to give way to the forces of nature. It could happen in another 500 years, or the next five minutes...or even sooner. One just never knows.
And I don't know about you, but I'm always wanting to keep abreast of the many ways that I might die when I'm out and about. For one thing...clams.
There's one of those murderous buggers now. Any other time, I'd scoop it up and eat it on the spot. Not this time...you can't fool me, sitting there looking so innocent and tasty.
And then, there's all of this:
And don't forget this guy trying to run away from a tsunami.
On a lighter note, there were these little tiny wildflowers...about the size of a dime.
And these little pine cones...about the size of your thumb.
Since the weather was so nice, we decided to sit outside and barbecue last night, and we were treated to a very pretty sunset.
The bed is comfortable. We've taken showers. We've used pretty much anything that has an on-off switch. Last night we used the convection oven to bake some potatoes. This morning we used the cooktop to make French toast and the microwave to cook some bacon. All went off without a hitch. We've also tested out the napping capabilities of the theater-style chairs. Well within specifications, I'd say. Mike is snoring away as I write this.
So, there you have it...nothing earth-shattering, and sometimes that's a really good thing.