S: OREGON 2010
BC: The End | Jan & Kim's
FC: Rolling stones gather no moss nor did we on this adventure | OREGON | 2010
1: Our little holistic Goddess~ | ...and it all begins here in Kimmi's garden | Omelet | First stop, Kimmi's house for some chill time | Eggs goodies from garden cheese
2: This is the Olympic Club in Centralia restored from an old whorehouse. It consists of a beautifully restored rustic bar and a theater with comfortable couches for watching movies while enjoying a cocktail and munchies. I particularly liked the bathroom which had dozens of faucets, many of them operational. Perhaps that is a necessity in a whorehouse?
3: Columbia River with Mt. St. Helen's in the clouds. | Harbor Town of Astoria | Day Two
4: Day Two SeaSide | Kite flying seems to be a cool thing to do. Look at this monster kite
5: Echola State Park | Between SeaSide and Canon Beach on Highway 101
6: We spent an afternoon and evening of pure magic in this park. There were dark forests, (where Big Foot surely lives), rugged beaches and tide pools teeming with marine life
8: Seek and ye shall find heaven in your heart, starlight in your soul and miracles in your life~
9: When you've said all of the good things and you've said all of the bad things, the only thing left to say is "I Love you"
11: As the tide went out, we watched the sun set and made a toast to Terri, Chad & Karen
12: Holding Hands, both of us laughing and crying at the same time, we ran into the ocean, flinging Terri's fairy dust ashes to the wind
13: After a most memorable day, we had a fabulous fresh halibut sandwich in Canon Beach and found a nice little place on the beach to spend the night | There were tide pools everywhere full of colorful starfish
14: Canon Beach
15: ~We loved Canon Beach~ Cappuccinos and a walk on the beach...what a great way to start the day!! Cute little town | Haystack Rock | local men gathered for their morning java
17: This was our last little beach stop on Day Three before we headed in-land. Kim wanted to show me these cool caves. The quickly rising tide caught us off guard as we raced for higher ground. We were up to our waists in cold water before we got back (well, up to Kim's waist anyway) | !! | Ohhhh... that's cold!!!
18: In-land we have more dairy cows then I've ever seen, rolling hills, lush pastures, beautiful forests and, of course, lots of rivers
19: This is the cute little sea side town of Yachats. It's lighthouse had the biggest light bulb I've ever seen
20: Here we are, back on the coast again. This is Day Three and we are headed for Florence | Devil's Punch Bowl | Pelicans
21: Rough seas and Sea Lions
22: We found this great little coffee roasters in Florence. We watched the fog roll off the river as we enjoyed our morning coffee on the patio. There was a draw bridge across the mouth of the river and the marsh was a great place to watch sea otters and water fowl. | Our Morning Java
23: The locals gather here to read, chat and play cards | It appears this bird was peering into heaven as the clouds parted, revealing a ray of sunshine
24: Florence is known for its sand dunes | Mo's Fish House
25: Bridge just before Coos Bay | As the fog lifted, little dew drops on the foliage sparkled like diamonds in the sun
26: Oregon has very aesthetically impressive bridges. These pictures were taken between Florence and Coos Bay as we headed in-land again, destination Ashland
27: ASHLAND | Is it me or does that dancer remind you of Terri? I swear Terri's spirit is tappin away through him. It's the sparkle in his eye or something | I can't believe it!! That exact same thought crossed my mind! And did you see how he kept looking right at us. Unbelievable! As if to say "how did you like that Sis?" | There were three beautiful theaters. We watched a fun outdoor performance before going into the Elizabethan Theater (on the Left) Watching Twelfth Night under the stars and enjoying the warm evening was awesome!! Kim & I agreed that we didn't really "get" Shakespeare nor have a clue what was happening until it was almost over. | Riffin & Tappin at the Cabaret was another magical time! The food and entertainment was excellent. Both Kim & I felt the presence of Terri there. Chad always sends feathers and this time it was a big feather accidentally stuck on a dancer's derrière. The horn player reminded me of Chad too...and then they sang the song "Goodbye". Both Kim &I cried. The words seemed to be coming directly from the hearts of Terri & Chad.. Coincidence?
28: Ashland Valley | Overlooking Mt. Ashland ski area just 40 minutes away | Overlooking downtown Ashland | Resting at the top...very steep climb up. Lion sighted in area 10 days prior | Yard Art- next to a little pond....cute
29: This was a farm across the valley from Ashland. Magnificent oaks & grassy hillsides | A black creature with it's baby scurried across our path so quickly we didn't quite see what it was. Too big for a cat, too small for a puma. A black fox? | The Manzanita Trees had beautiful bark | ...and they have Vineyards | Let there be wine!
30: Look! These ducks can walk on water (or, I guess, stand on water) | Lithia Park | Lithia Park is 200 acres of hills, creeks, ponds, foliage & flowers
31: As we head from Ashland to Bend, the landscape changes again. Semi-arid grasses turn to lush bottom land with its many rivers and lakes. | Overlooking Town of Ashland | Across the valley from Ashland | Klamath Lake
32: Driving along KLamath Lake, we saw a Golden Eagle perched on a pole, fishing
34: How about a little Looney Bean coffee in Drake Park? | Bend, Oregon | The Deschutes River in Drake Park. Autumn must be magnificent here!
35: I love how ducks do this. I wonder if it is a special duck gesture?
37: Mt. Bachelor (also a ski mountain)
38: Off for our big hiking adventure... finally... at the crack of 4 PM
39: We could feel the breath of the glacier nearby | Broken Top Mountain | Flora & Fauna still in bloom | Kim hiking across a snow field
41: Elk Lake
42: Smith Rock | Ranching country outside of Three Sisters
43: Smith Rock not only provides a nice little backdrop for this farm but also a unique recreational area for hikers & climbers
44: The rustic Mt. Hood Lodge was built in the 30's (pictured behind the Bentley.) These are the views from the ski mountain | Chad went to snowboard camp here in June when he was 12 | Mt. Hood
45: Spread your wings | and fly
46: Siuslaw River Coffee Roasters | I have no idea but just keep smiling, Ok? It'll stop when the batteries die for sure. | How many pictures does this auto timer take anyway?
47: This was just the best trip!! Coffee in unique little shops, or on the beach or in the parks, started each day off just right for a couple of coffee junkies~