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Sand, sea birds and the hunting season

I thought the storms would take more sand off the beach.  But there is more now than there was last summer.  I found this photo, from last January, to compare to how it looks now.

Tillicum Beach Stairway - north end

The water is too bright to see because I had to lighten up the picture in order to see the bolders at the end of the stairway.  Compare the only 2 rocks showing in this next picture.  There’s probably 2 more feet of sand depth here!

Tillicum Beach Stairway - north end - November 2011

Lately there’s been big flocks of birds on the beaches.  But, until Saturday, I hadn’t seen the pelicans on Tillicum Beach.  They must have found something yummy to eat!

Pelican Feeding Frenzie

The other birds are Western Gulls and, I think, Heermann’s Gulls.  At least they look like the picture in my bird guidebook.  One of my pictures (not these) shows a pelican with a band but it’s not close enough to get a number off of it.

Brown Pelicans, Western Gulls and Heermann's Gulls

It’s hunting season so this cow is hiding in the elk herd to avoid the hunters. Cow season?

Elk Herd - Little Switzerland Rd

Goodnight Gracie 🙂

Campers from La La Land

So, the Surfer-Boys had their campsite all set up and were sitting around the campfire when I stopped to talk to them (so they’d been there for a while).  “Have you had a chance to pay yet?”, I say.  They said they had not so I try to be helpful and offer to fill out the envelope for them while they pocket-dive for the cash.  “Oh”, he says, “we have to go get some money.”  I said, “Well you get to fill out the paperwork then.”  We all laughed and he made some comment about just being here to relax and not think.  They did put an envelope, with a check, in the Iron Ranger later that evening.  The next day, they were gone in the morning but their tent was still there.  I didn’t see them all day.  I finally left an envelope with a note indicating that they were supposed to pay before checkout time if they were going to stay another night.  They must have come back late at night.  I did find another payment the next morning.  I knew it was theirs because it was for site 55.  The envelope said they paid $22, which is the correct amount.  However, when I opened it, it had a check for $55.   Hhhhmmm – site 55, $55?  Oh well, at the same time all this was happening, there was a van parked across from them who didn’t pay.  As I was heading to their site to tell them about their mistake, I noticed the same van.  The Surfer-Boys pulled out before they saw me coming and the van went with them.  So, they must have been together and the $55 was an attempt to pay for the van too.  I say “attempt” because if they were paying for an additional site they are still short and if they were paying for an additional vehicle they were way over.  Oh well, nothing is precise in La La Land. 🙂

Abandoned Trailer in Campground

We had to deal with this abandoned trailer in our campground last week.  It took some calling around but the police tracked down the owner and they had it removed.   Getting rid of these old trailers is an issue.  But if you have the title, there are charities that will take them as a donation; whether they are usable or not.  Here’s one that is nationwide: www.donate-car-for-charity.com/RV

Fall at Tillicum Beach is full of colorful sunsets!

I love the Fall sunsets from Tillicum Beach!  Look at the cloud formations!  (I can’t get the italics to turn off.  Sorry!)

Alsea Hwy Evidence

Somebody came in late last night and paid to camp.  Here’s evidence, next to the Iron Ranger, that they came over the Alsea Hwy to get here!  🙂  What a gorgeous drive that is in the fall!

Insulated Rainboots

And, finally, if I’m going to live in Oregon, I’d better start dressing like it!  Fred Meyer had these on sale and had a coupon for a free pair of boot linings.  I told Don he’d be able to recognize me from a distance.  He said the irridescent green raincoat was more of a giveaway.

Even though these have a fleece lining, they’re no match for my Raynaud’s.  One walk around the campground this morning and my fingers and toes are white and numb.  An hour back in the 5th-wheel and I’m still typing with numb fingers.  Of course there IS frost on the sand dollar this morning!  This is not my video but I found it when I googled sand dollar to see if it was one word or two 🙂   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRAfjvws13E

Sight-seeing on the Central Oregon Coast

Can’t beat the Central Oregon Coast for workamping!  What a beautiful day!  We stole a couple hours for sight-seeing today.  We went up to Boiler Bay, just north of Depot Bay.  Rumor has it that the whales hang out near the kelp beds but we didn’t see any.  Several fishing boats were there though.  It was high tide and the waves were really crashing!
Boiler Bay Splash
Boiler Bay Splash
Bunnies are everywhere in Tillicum Campground.  I was a little surprised that this one posed for me.  I saw him out of the corner of my eye as I came up the beach stairs.  He froze so I wouldn’t notice him.  Fooled him!
Tillicum Beach Campground Bunny
Tillicum Beach Campground Bunny

Minus tides this week.  It was a -.3 tonight.  Every once in a while we have to walk out as far as we can without getting wet.  It’s always amazing to look back to see how far away the shore is.

Tillicum Beach Low Tide Sunset
Tillicum Beach Low Tide Sunset

On the way back to the campground, we found the first whole sand dollar!

Sand Dollar Treasure
Sand Dollar Treasure

Central Oregon Coast – basking in the sun!

We hear the Coast Guard fly over Tillicum Beach everyday.
Coast Guard
Coast Guard Flyover

 Tides are still, slowly, eating away at the edge of the campground.

Tillicum Beach Cliff
Tillicum Beach Cliff Droppings

See the face someone made on the rock?  Here’s a close-up:

Beach Face
Beach Face

His name was Cliff Hanger for the longest time!

Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark

Here’s Don’s new friend.  We think it’s a Western Meadowlark but if you know different, let us know.

Alsea Bay Sunset at Low Tide
Alsea Bay Sunset at Low Tide

 Don takes great pix too!  This is Alsea Bay, Waldport, at low tide tonight.

Tillicum Beach, Central Coast, Oregon

Well the plan was….to run out, take some pix and post them so you’d pack up your camping gear and run out to your favorite campground (Tillicum Beach) on the Oregon Coast.
Morning in Loop 2
Morning in Loop 2

But, once I got outside, I didn’t want to come back in!

Morning on Tillicum Beach
Morning on Tillicum Beach

A little misty, a little overcast, 60’s, who could ask for more?   …especially in January!  Weather-guys are calling it ‘June’-uary  🙂

Tillicum Sunset from Site 1
Tillicum Sunset from Site 1

So we broke out the tape measure and spent the day measuring the parking areas in the campground.  They laid down new pavement last year and re-striped.  So we’ll get the sizes updated on the reservation website (www.recreation.gov).  Before we knew it, the sun was setting!  The color poking through the trees pulls me towards the beach!

Tillicum Sunset from Site 20
Tillicum Sunset from Site 20

Run!  Get the camera!  Take a pic from Site 1 (right next to us), a short walk through the woods to Site 20…

Sunset on Tillicum Beach
Sunset on Tillicum Beach

AAAaaahhhh – Sunset over the misty ocean.

Central Oregon Coast Sunset
Central Oregon Coast Sunset

Great color… Cloud patterns… Crashing waves… Seafoam

I love workamping!

Sand Patterns on Tillicum Beach, OR

Tillicum Beach is a wide, and long, sandy beach on the Oregon Coast.  Most of the coast is rocky and has its own appeal.  But I love looking at patterns in the sand.  It’s like looking at the clouds and seeing faces.  I am not sure the birds I saw were snowy plover but these are the patterns they left in the sand.
Snowy Plover?
Snowy Plover?

 Oh, here, I’ll just show you the birds that made the tracks:

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

They are those cute little birds, usually in a flock, that skitter across the wet sand so fast that you can’t see their legs.  Okay, now back to the patterns.

Sand Worm
Sand Worm

I’ve seen thousands of these curious little squiggles but this is the first time to see what made them!  Looks like some kind of worm.  See it on the far, left, end of the squiggle pattern?

Rock
Rock

As the water runs past rocks or shells, or any obstruction, it makes a pattern around it.  I think the sun’s shadow elongates the head around the eye.  It looks like one of those native head-dress things to me.  What do you see?

'nother rock
'nother rock

Here’s another pattern around a rock.  Look at the detail of the little veins.  God sure draws pretty!

Sand Trees
A Sand Forest

Here’s my favorite!  It looks like a stand of trees to me.  It must be winter, though, because they don’t have any leaves.  But the pattern is complete all the way down to the roots!  Nothing but a little ridge in the sand made these patterns.  The whole drawing is about 12″ tall by 18″ wide.

Humanoid
Humanoid

I left a foot-print.  This person left a bike track.  This should be all we leave when we leave-no-trace.  The sand is like a giant Etch-a-Sketch.  The tide comes in to wipe it all away and, when the tide goes out, it starts all over!  How fun it is to watch Heavenly Father’s doodles!

Westport to Santa Rosa, CA, via Hwy 1

Look at the perfect dome shape the flowers make on this little sand flower growing in the dunes.
Sand Flower
Sand Flower

 We continued south on Hwy 1.  Miles and miles of gorgeous shoreline in northern California!

Hwy 1 - roller coaster
Hwy 1 - roller coaster

We had a little change of scenery today.  There were some forested areas; even some redwoods.  These aren’t redwoods but it made a pretty arbor over the road.  The drive to Santa Rosa took a couple hours longer than we expected.  Lots of small towns with 25 mph limits; in addition to all the twists and turns with 10 – 20 mph limits.  The trees were a nice change and were, actually, kind of a relief from the sheer cliffs.

Forested Areas
Forested Areas

Something else that was a little odd, was the open range land way up on the cliffs.  There were cows right next to the road!  Just a little something to add to the stress.  We both said we would NOT take this route with our 5th wheel.  We only saw 1 other RV on the whole highway and it was a Class C.

Hwy 1 - southbound
Hwy 1 - southbound

 We were getting a little weary of the steep shoreline roller coaster so we turned inland on Hwy 116 at Jenner.

Jenner, CA
Jenner, CA

The drive up the river was nice.  Monte Rio is a cute little town.  We saw lots of vineyards, in their fall colors, as we came into Santa Rosa.

SantaRosa-FallVineyard
SantaRosa-FallVineyard

We had a wonderful visit, although too short, with family and spent the night outside their doorstep.