trip to the Big City
Heading East on Hwy 42, I had just commented that we breezed through two stops for construction and then…
This rock wall is what I stared at for perhaps ten minutes before we moved through the third construction stop. This was a long drive taking roughly eight hours, which included a few stops along the way and what seemed liked hours stuck in gridlock traffic. Welcome to Portland! Made us both mighty glad we live in the boonies. At least one stop was a favorite restaurant in Eugene.
Here you see the objective for the long drive… our new home away from home. There’s likely to be more about the new rig as time goes on.
After dinner at our favorite restaurant (Tarboush), we headed north to the Ridgefield National Refuge in Washington. We saw quite a few tundra swans as we approached the refuge.
A closer look. (Those are Mallards swimming to the left of the swan. I’m not sure what the duck behind the swan was.)
Evening was approaching and the day was quite overcast (and cold compared to our weather back on the coast). Not the greatest lighting for acceptable photography, but a nice enough walk since we were prepared for the weather.
One that got away (rough legged hawk?)
A common snipe.
Oak trees silhouetted against a sky turning pink.
Swans heading across the pink sky. The blue wings seemed strange, but it isn’t due to any photo editing. Perhaps some trick of the fading light. Thus ended the first trial run with the new camper. We’re looking forward to lots more adventures in it. We even survived another episode of gridlock going back to Portland.
Next day it was back to the coast for a stop in Newport.
A view of the graceful Yaquina Bay Bridge. Our favorite bridge of the many spanning the bays and rivers along the coast.
We stopped at another favorite restaurant (Local Ocean ) looking out on one of the busier ports of the Oregon coast with its fleet of commercial and pleasure fishing craft, plus research vessels and the U.S. Coast Guard, not to mention the barking sea lions, seals and ducks. Above another look at the new camper. The top lifts up making the camper tall enough for Eric to stand up in it. I’m sure there will be more details as we find our way around in it.
A very busy place.
Sea lions barking at a common loon, or perhaps just to hear themselves bark.
A bufflehead swimming in the colored ripples reflected from nearby boats.
A duck (probably the bufflehead) caught in mid-dive. I couldn’t resist the fancy ripples in this one.
Then catching this dive was fun because while the duck’s tail was caught above water, if you look closely, you can see the neck and head visible underwater pointed toward the bottom right corner.
A walk along Agate Beach with the new boots! I had to walk clear out to the water at low tide to properly initiate them. They’re nice and warm and waterproof! Looks like the horizon tilted while I was looking at the boots. 😀
So great to be back on the coast once again!
I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.
― A.A. Milne