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.