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Showers in Oregon? Who knew?

Okay, I’d heard it rained a lot in Oregon.  But when I think of “raining a lot” I think of the non-stop, no break in the clouds type of rain.

Although that certainly does happen here, it’s not the norm.  Yesterday it was just showers with peaks of blue sky!

Bray's Point
Bray’s Point

We packed a picnic lunch and headed south to checkout the work that’s been done in the campgrounds.  One of our favorite spots on the central Oregon coast for a “picnic” (ie, sandwich in the truck) and whale watching is Bray’s Point. (Now if this gets too crowded I’m going to stop blogging!)

  That photo is looking north over Bob Creek.  We like Bob Creek for tidepooling and fishing and mussels.

Looking South from Bray's Point
Silvery Surf

Here’s the view to the south from Bray’s Point.  I can see why businesses are named Silvery Surf this or that.

Heceta Lighthouse Overlook
Heceta Lighthouse Overlook

We always stop (if there’s a parking spot) at the Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook just north of Sea Lion Caves.

All the sea lions must have been in the cave yesterday because we didn’t even see any playing in the surf; let alone on the rocks below.

Rainin’ Buckets on the Alsea – Hope We’re Prepared

It rained buckets-full today!

Raining Buckets
Raining Buckets

Nothing fun to do outside except to watch the driftwood parade down the Alsea River.

LOOK OUT BELOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!

Driftwood Parade
Driftwood Parade on the Alsea

And talk to the deer.  Mom must be around the corner.

Wet Doe Fawn
Wet Doe Fawn

Time for inside projects.  Had to get creative when the power went off.  Thankfully, it interrupted my vacuuming.

4 Bean Salad - Food Storage
4 Bean Salad – Food Storage

The electricity was only off for about an hour.  We were conserving heat in the house and cold in the fridge.  We didn’t have to pull out the generator.

Losing power, and watching the river rise, made me think of our emergency preparations.  We have plenty of food storage, clothes and blankets, so we’d be fine if we could stay in our home.  (Although we do need to do something about drinking water.)   But the thing we don’t have is a 72-hour kit.  Everytime I look at a checklist for a 72-hour kit I get overwhelmed to the point that I don’t even try to put one together.  I can’t see it fitting in anything smaller than a suitcase!  I’m just going to have to start smaller.

By the way, pickled things last a LOT longer than their “Sell By” date.  I bought the giant jar of 4-bean salad at Sam’s Club or Costco before we sold our house in Utah 6 1/2 years ago.  I probably had it in storage there for a couple years. If I bought it from Costco, it’s even older than I thought.  The one we just ate (over the past several weeks) had a “Sell By” date of April 2006.  Our other two jars don’t even have a Sell By date.  By the way, Paisley Farm makes the best 4-bean salads I’ve had….just the right sweet-to-sour ratio.

Anyway, the wind has died down, it’s dark and I don’t hear the rain anymore.  Can’t see the river out our window so I’m watching it on NOAA.  We don’t worry until it gets close to 23 feet.  It’s not supposed to get that high though.

A Bright Spot in My Rainy Day

Spending an entire rainy day inside would drive me up the wall when we were living in our 5th wheel.

I am enjoying the break from workamping after the busy summer.

Fall Maple Leaf
Fall Maple Leaf

Although I can actually tolerate the long day in our home I still look for breaks in the rain to take a quick walk.

If it’s raining harder than a drizzle, or if it’s windy, it’s not very fun to walk though.

Compare Maple Leaf to Size of My Hand
Compare Maple Leaf to Size of My Hand

For the last couple days we’ve had a very light, steady, drizzle.  So I donned my raincoat and just took my camera phone.

I noticed that, even with the grey sky, my surroundings got brighter as I walked past the big maple trees.

The yellow leaves on the trees and those on the ground reflected so much light that it created a bright spot.

Giant Maple Leaves - Oregon
Giant Maple Leaves – Oregon

Look at how big these maple leaves are!

Rain and Salmon on the Alsea River

As a friend described it, it is the “soaker-hose kind of rain” that we’ve needed so badly here.  Just a gentle, soak-the-ground-deeply, rain. 🙂

Soaker Rain
Soaker Rain

It raised the Alsea River only a quarter of an inch.  But it was enough to bring the Chinook in!  2 salmon, in the 20 lb class, were caught from the banks of Blackberry Campground this weekend.  It’s not that easy to discover the “truth” about what brings the salmon up a river when all you hear are fishermen’s (purported) truths or theories (sorry dear).

This I know: 1) Salmon come up the river to spawn;  2) Salmon return to their own hatching grounds.

Salmon Fishing
Salmon Fishing

But, as far as what role rain plays in the salmon spawn, I’m still listening to theories.  Maybe there is truth in all these theories?  I don’t think they contradict each other.  Here are some I’ve heard:  1) The rain in the river carries the scent to the salmon that they recognize from their youth.  2)  The rain lowers the temperature of the river and it’s the right temperature that tells the salmon that it’s okay to come up.  3) The rain raises the level of the river so the salmon can make it to their destination.

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

I know there are experts on the subject.  But, frankly, I like listening to the theories.  They are presented with such conviction!

We are getting more soaker-hose rain this afternoon.  We had the extra high tide (9.0) around noon today.  The minus tide (-.5) is around 6pm.  So the tide really moved in fast this afternoon.

How to deal with rain

How do we deal with so much rain in the northwest?

Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage

We get out to see what it has given us!

The Western Skunk Cabbage is one of the first flowers that I notice because it is so bright and large enough to see it from a distance.

Trillium
Trillium

The trillium is a beautiful, and not overly abundant, flower in Oregon.  I’m always excited to see one.  Trillium normally take 2 years to germinate and 7 to 10 years to reach flowering size.  Please, NEVER pick a trillium.

Ferns Uncurling
Ferns Uncurling

I never noticed that ferns “uncurl” until I lived in Oregon.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Gets a Raincoat
Heceta Head Lighthouse Gets a Raincoat

Looks like they’re finishing putting the raincoat on Heceta Head Lighthouse today!

That should help with the restoration work.