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The Garden of Eden – Oregon Coast

I feel like I live in the Garden of Eden…only I’m not naked.

River Otter - Alsea River
Snap-Crackle-Pop

I’ve been hearing popping or cracking noises from across the river all day.  There are willows and blackberries that hang out over the water and it’s dark under there.  But I finally saw that it is my friend Otto the River Otter.  I can’t see what he’s eating.

River Otter - choke
AAaaaacchhkk – Hairball

Sorry!  This hasn’t gotten old for me yet.

3 Otter Kits
3 Otter Kits

I kept watching after the adult disappeared and finally saw 3 kits cautiously hugging the water’s edge with mom close by.  They ducked into this area where the shrubs form a protective roof.  They played there until the tide raised the water and the sky got dark enough that I couldn’t see them anymore.  I wonder who their predators are?

King Fisher - Alsea River
King Fisher

This King Fisher was really hitting the water hard as he fished the Alsea River.

King Fisher Dive
King Fisher Dive

I was determined to get a shot but I can’t tell if he’s even right-side-up in this photo. 🙂

Field of Foxglove
Field of Foxglove

Time for a walk today – past the fields of Foxglove.

Flicker Nest
No wonder those Flickers are so spunky!

They’ve got populate and replenish the earth…or the air.

Alsea River Crawdads
Alsea River Crawdads

Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!  Aren’t those beautiful bugs!  I guess these would snap-crackle-and-pop in an Otter’s teeth.

Don’s trap works great!

Sculpin
Sculpin

I know I’ve seen these little sculpins in the otters mouth.

Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle

I don’t know how many times Don has pointed out Stinging Nettle to me.  I’ve never had poison oak or poison ivy, let alone stinging nettle…until yesterday.

NOW I will not forget what it looks like.

Okay, so I’m not in the Garden of Eden.  Ouch!

But just a little place on my finger.  Don, on the other hand, rolled in it.  That’s another story…for another day.  It will be funny….eventually.

It’s Still Spring

I know that Memorial Day seems like the beginning of summer.

Fox Glove
Foxglove

But summer doesn’t actually start for another month.  So we are still seeing things spring up and out and through.

Salal Flowers
Salal Flowers

The delicate pink flowers on the Salal shrubs will turn into plump blueberry-like berries.

Those close to the ocean get a light coating of salt on the berries; which makes them especially yummy.

3 bulls - last year's spikes
3 bulls – last year’s spikes

These cousins only had spikes last year.  We’ll see how many points they grow this year.

Nice Velvet Dude
Nice Velvet Dude

This was taken on a different day so it could be one of those in the previous photo for all I know.

River Moss
River Moss

The moss is getting thick in the Alsea River too.  We’re still not sure if this moss has grown on the branches or if they just caught it at high tide?  It sure seemed to happen quickly.

Osprey Couple at WHS
Osprey Couple at WHS

I hadn’t seen the osprey fishing in our front yard all week.  My theory was that the chicks had hatched.  Based on what we saw today (above), I’m sticking with my theory.

Algae Bloom
Algae Bloom

The algae bloom makes the water look thick and almost chocolatey – if it weren’t for that slight greenish tint.

Not so inviting for swimming but lots of marine life love it.

And apparently it doesn’t adversely affect the shellfish: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/pages/shellfish_status.aspx

Sutton Campground - Group C001
Group C001 is blooming in Sutton Campground

The campgrounds are sprouting tents!

We’ve really had a dry May so we really need the rain we’ve seen this week.  But a break for Memorial Weekend would really be nice.

Yearling Elk Nursing
Yearling Elk Nursing

Some people’s children never grow up.

I’m trying to figure out how she can nurse for a whole year?!

Oregon Beach Sea Life and other things Workampers see

There was a lot of plankton on the beach last evening.  I’ve seen it before.  It makes the white foam turn kind of greenish.  And I’ve seen the little ball-shaped jellies before too.  But never this many.  It’s like a hatch!  These are similar to jellyfish but they don’t sting.  I’m not real sure the round ones are Sea Gooseberries because they are only about an inch or less in size and I haven’t confirmed that they have 2 tentacles.

Comb Jelly and Sea Gooseberries
Comb Jelly and Sea Gooseberries

The foxglove wildflowers are out like crazy right now.  This is a little cluster of them in Rock Creek Campground in the Siuslaw National Forest on the central Oregon coast.

Foxglove in Rock Creek Campground
Foxglove in Rock Creek Campground

Back at the beach…

Orange Reflections
Orange Reflections

We had summer today!  I took my Primary girls to weed a widow’s flower beds for Activity Day.  Don spread gravel with the tractor in Cape Perpetua Campground.  I brought a Subway lunch to him and we ate in the campground.

Notes from my Workamping Journal:

All in all, it was an okay day….until…We were working on the computers in our rig.  Our back windows look out over one of the campsites.  Don looked up and saw a lady squatting in the bushes; hopefully just peeing.  The restroom is only, maybe, 100 feet away from her!  So, what-the-heck?  After she was done she sat down to read a book.  Don went out to wave at her so she’d know she wasn’t in a private site. hahaha  But she’d disappeared.  As I was doing my walk-about I noticed him outside so I talked to him about what his wife had done.  He didn’t believe me and asked if it could have been someone else.  I described his wife though.  I tried to imply she might not have known there was a restroom nearby.  He was in total disbelief but said he would “mention it”.  Maybe he needs to start watching her a little more closely now?  I wonder how that conversation went tonight?  I hope she’s just lazy and not loosing her mind.  That would be sad.  They only look to be in their 70’s.

Huh?  No I didn’t get a photo!  You pervert!