Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ten Again

My sister visited Newport last week from Florida, sans husband and sons, which is unusual for her... so she and I had plenty of opportunity to be kids again together. I actually had some free time, which is unusual for me, so we did some day-trippin and enjoyed some of the wonders of Lincoln County. First we went south to Florence. Had to stop for some photo ops.

Had lunch on the waterfront in Florence while we took the opportunity to wander the bayfront there.

Saw some pretty flowers...

And then we did the white-knuckle ride on the dunes... man what a blast. It's like an hour-long roller coaster but thru natural dunes that cover 75 square miles. If you've never done it, I highly recommend it. I got to ride shotgun (YES!!), and Linda is right behind me.

This is our driver, Rick. He did an awesome job... very exciting!

He'd stop for photo ops and take pics for us with our own cameras. What a trip! Linda wanted to try to do it again before she left but the to-do list was just too long. So it's on the list for next time. I can't wait.

We stopped at Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside just north of Florence. Awesome stop if you've never seen it. This is a flower of the Darlingtonia plant.

Here's the sign explaining what they are...

We had to stop at Jump-Off-Joe, my family lived in the little white house that used to be there when we first moved to Oregon in 1966. Good memories there. We were only there for about 3 years. That was long before I met Linda... guess that must have been 1970. Yes, she is my sister from another mother.

Then we went bottom fishing out of Depoe Bay on the Amigo. Skipper/owner Perry York was Linda's husband Jeff's business partner in South Beach Charters when I started working for Jeff as his deckhand on the 50' charter boat the Cricket in the early 80s. Time warp...

We had a great time... I'd never been fishing out of Depoe Bay so it was especially awesome.

Linda had a great time, we both love to be out on the ocean and love to fish. It was kinda chilly but the sun was out and the ocean was nice. A great day.

Here Linda chats with Perry while he takes a break.

Kind of a neat shot on the way in...

Driving back from Depoe Bay, Linda had never seen the Otter Crest Loop before. So we took that detour. This is the Ben Jones bridge on that road.

Then we went halibut fishing with Dell on the Ilwaco Indian out of Newport. 30 miles offshore to the 'chicken ranch' and the catching was steady all day. We all got our one halibut, and several ling cod were also caught but they had to go back.

Here we are with our skipper and our fishies... nothing better than fresh fish. Yummy!

Saw this parked in town... made me smile so I captured it...

Our dad's birthday is in August... he'll be 85. Unbelievable. But Linda won't be here to celebrate so we did it while she was still here.

We had to go to the aquarium the day she left... and everyone has to get a pic like this. When Linda visits, she and I both become ten again... we have such a good time together. It's wonderful to have a sister connection with someone who 'gets it'. I already miss her and can't wait to visit with her again. She and her hubby Jeff are off on other adventures now before they head back to the little latitudes of home.
She was able to accompany me on a family portrait session at the Adobe in Yachats so we took the opportunity to get some more fun shots there... it was a beautiful day and obviously a very beautiful setting.

I actually let her get a pic of me... pretty unusual for me. LOL - she has promised to send me the pics from her camera when she gets home... she got some really good ones.

Typical tourist, not paying attention to the waves...

And then...

We did so many awesome things this week, I can't list them all... but we had some great adventures together. Love ya, sis.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Coming Around Again

This weekend I was called upon by my friend and fellow photographer to stand in for her at a wedding she'd booked - she had an emergency and couldn't be there for it. It just so happened that I was able to do it, and what a great time it was. The weather was perfect, and the setting also quite beautiful.

I recognized the groom's name on the contract, and wondered if it was the same Jim Hayter that I went to school with. Sure enough!! One of my classmates from Newport High. The families all had a good laugh about that. He looks great, is obviously very happy and married a very kind and beautiful woman named Ronda. They live in Arizona now. My class is having our 30-year (OMG really?? 30 years???) reunion this summer, and I'm looking forward to catching up with some of my other classmates. Jim said he hopes to be there as well. Interesting how things work out sometimes.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Starting to find my smile again

'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.' - Dr. Seuss

'Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.' ~ Harvey Fierstein

Two quotes I have been trying to keep in mind lately, as I feel I have been bullied into silence... and that just isn't right. I don't feel like a victim so much as I feel like a target.

So... getting back up on that horse with some trepidation but more optimism than I've been feeling for the last six months or so. It's been a really rough winter, but like the title says, I'm starting to feel like myself again. I'm still grieving my losses and I miss my mom and my Lucky every hour of every day, but I'm also starting to look forward to the next adventures that Life chooses to throw in front of me.

Transitions abound, life changes direction, some doors close and others open. Life is still good.

Like Jimmy Buffett says, "I've had good days and bad days and going-half-mad days..." Sums up the last half-year for me. So here's to more good days! Cheers.

Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 - what a year.

My mom was always so good about reminding me to post on this blog, she wanted to see the newest pics of what I'd been doing. My apologies for not posting for a while.

She passed away on November 2nd after having surgery to insert a rod into her femur, which because of her osteoporosis had been broken by the tumor growing inside it. She was anticipating radiation on that tumor and another on her upper arm bone after she'd recovered from the surgery. The tumors were very painful and she couldn't undergo radiation with the broken femur. Anyway, I miss her very much. Thank you to everyone who expressed condolences.
On December 14th, my beautiful Lucky was apparently struck by lightning in the pasture and was killed. I am grateful that he was a big part of my life for 13 years. We had so much fun together at the beach and in the woods, he just loved to go exploring. I adored this exceptional horse and my heart is truly broken at his passing.
Lots more difficult and distressing events happened in 2010 as well... they have seriously tried my optimism. Of course it hasn't been all bad, many good things happened as well, and for the most part it was a pretty good year. The events at the end of it have been hard to take. I am so glad to see this year come to a close. Looking forward to 2011 being a much better year, and can't help but wonder what the Universe has in mind for me after the huge life changing events of this year.
So here's to an awesome and amazing 2011. Cheers!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


It's time for Toledo's Scarecrow Festival. I've seen them popping up all over town. Brenda Searle helped me set this all up today, was a beautiful sunny day and we had a lot of fun.
We used stuff we found in the attic at the Port office and some stuff that I had from doing past displays.
Had a super-short Council meeting tonight so I swung by to get an after-dark pic. Looks cute.
The weather is supposed to get ugly over the weekend, I hope it all holds up!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Lucky's Friends

Tonight when I went out to visit my beautiful Lucky, the elk herd was in the pasture again. There are a dozen or so cows, and this beautiful buck. He was laying down when I got there. I quietly made my way out to where they were, the horses helped me a lot by gathering around me and camouflaging my approach. I got within about a hundred yards of them. They are just stunning.
He finally stood up and gathered up his girls.
When I'd apparently gotten too close, they decided to move back up into the woods. The horses just graze right alongside these guys. Too cool!!
Recently I purchased a new kayak, and these pics are from the maiden voyage up the beautiful Yaquina River.
I love my new boat, and am looking forward to many adventures in it. And lots of photo ops, to be sure! The leaves are turning color and falling now, so the scenery is at one of its finest times for photos.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What a site!

I finally made it to Crater Lake... after living in Oregon almost all my life and never seeing it before. It is absolutely breathtaking. This is Diamond Lake, on the way there. Another beautiful spot. The day was sunny and warm... and very dry.
This was the first look at the lake and Wizard Island.
The rim road is 33 miles long with more than 30 places to stop and stare...
And take deep breaths and just soak it all in. It smelled like pine needles and sweet fresh forest up there.
The slopes are steep and slippery all the way around. There is one trail down to the water, where they do the boat tours. I wanted to do that, but it was really crowded that day... and time just didn't allow. So that's on the to-do list for next time.
The water really is that color. Like a jewel. There are no rivers or streams feeding the lake, only rain and snowmelt. They do get a lot of snow up there.
This is the Phantom Ship. There were forest fires in the area that day, so this far-distant pic (LOVE the zoom on the camera...) is a little smokey... the white patch in the upper right, above, is a remnant of the the snowfall.
This is the front of the lodge. It's as beautiful inside - even more, I think - than outside.
This is the view from inside, on the lobby level. I'd love to stay there on one of the upper floors to take pics of the lake first thing in the morning. I imagine the stargazing from there is pretty darned good, too! Would be neat to get pics of the stars reflecting on the water.
Making my way back around the where I started... obviously the light has changed to that wonderful dramatic level that makes things just go POP.
You can see some of the smoke in this one. Isn't that just an amazingly beautiful place?
Coming back around to the end of the loop. It was getting really windy by the late afternoon, especially in this spot.
The trees up there show the effects of really tough weather. I do hope to get back there before the snow starts, and do some of the things I didn't have time for on this trip. There are so many more things to take pictures of than what I got to see... and I spent 5 hours on the rim taking pictures and enjoying the sights that day.
I see lots of faeries in this tree... isn't it awesome?
I was googling stuff to make the links on here and I found this. Holy cow. I hope they get a big fat ticket for that. Hugely relieved that the dog got out in time. Geez, people. Seriously.