Wednesday, August 4, 2010

... the oregon coast

manzanita

it seems i documented my vacation in reverse. see, i had the most recent things on my mind and could think of nothing more than portland and cupcakes and food carts (oh my!). but i can't forget the first part of our trip to manzanita, on the gorgeous oregon coast.

birthday

we drove down on my birthday (aside: on which i woke up to cupcakes and fresh eggs from my most wonderful neighbors, all discovered after the most perfect morning swim in the lake with my favorite swimming peeps) to stay at our friends' cabin in manzanita. they were there the first night and there was much game playing and talking and we stayed on for an extra day of hiking and beachgoing and tidepool watching. yay for good friends with awesome cabins!

manzanita

manzanita

our hike was along the coast through ecola state park to indian beach, that wound through beautiful a coastal forest with occasional views of the water and the rocks below.

manzanita

i had fun watching the surfers and walking barefoot in the sand. and enjoying the long shadows made by the setting sun.

manzanita

the next morning we got up bright and early for a tide pool walk led by a naturalist during a minus tide at oswald west state park. what fun!

manzanita

manzanita

we saw lots of sea stars and mussels and barnacles and sea anemones and crabs.

manzanita

there was a gorgeous fog over the water and it was bracingly chilly, yet still, there were surfers out there in the scary looking waves. i so admire our crazy pacific northwest surfers.

but no time for lingering... it was onward to portland and all its delights.

2 comments:

  1. What beautiful, beautiful pictures of the starfish, muscles and barnacles. Thanks for sharing! It sounds like you had a perfect birthday. That your neighbors give you gifts speaks volumes about you.

    Happy Belated Birthday!

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  2. Happy belated birthday! I also just got back from the coast we use to have a place to stay at bay city but with changes in life now go to cannon beach and I love that hike in Ecola state park. we just got back and I have a blythe meet comming up at a vintage fabric store in Portland on Stark st. Don't know if you know about it??? Anyway I am back yet already planning a trip back out to the coast!

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