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Zarahemla to Gideon

Can’t you just see how it all plays out?!

Some Tillicum campers made sand castles into a fine replica of some ancient American civilizations.

Alma preaches in his home city of Zarahemla (Alma 5:1).

One of Alma's Journeys
One of Alma’s Journeys

Once he’s done there, he travels to Gideon to preach (Alma 6:8).  Just newly retired from the Justice Department, he was so eager to go on his mission that the distance wasn’t an issue.  In fact, he didn’t really mention how he got there.

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A Colorful Day in Oregon

I love the bright orange and yellow of the Columbia Lilies against the beautiful green leaves.  But this one had a special surprise.

Look close to see the yellow spider that blends right in with the flower. 🙂

Columbia Lily with Yellow Spider
Columbia Lily with Yellow Spider

Tonight I had to make a choice between sunset and Mitt Romney’s speech.  So I watched the sunset through the trees and behind the window of our 5th wheel….and enjoyed his speech.

Flooded Sand Castle
Flooded Sand Castle

By the time Mitt was finished, this sand castle was flooded and there was just a little bit of color left in the western sky.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon

But I got to see the blue moon as it rose over the campground!

Blue Moon from Tillicum Beach
Blue Moon from Tillicum Beach

I could hear the high-pitched peeps of a flock of birds but I couldn’t see them.  Then their movement caught my eye against the reflection on the water.

Plover Peeps
Plover Peeps

And the color fades to greyscale….but the sound of the peeps and the waves are soothing.

What to do at the beach in the fog

When the “valley” gets hot, the “hot” go to the beach!  It’s cooler on the Oregon coast beaches but sometimes fog comes with it.

Foggy Tillicum Beach
Foggy Tillicum Beach

So, what’s there to see in the fog?

Pacific Mole Crab
Pacific Mole Crab

Well, there’s still the little sand critters to play with.  If you see the mole crab tracks or their holes, dig a few inches down to find them.  No, they’re not good to eat!  Just fun to catch.  The legs tickle your fingers as they wiggle like crazy to get away.  See if you can figure out which end is their head. 🙂

Castles Yachats Beach
Castles from Yachats Beach

Building sand castles isn’t just for kids!

Salal Berries
Salal Berries

Graze on the Salal berries.  They start from a pink flower, turn into a pink berry and ripen to dark blue.  In Tillicum Campground, the berries collect a fine layer of salt from the salty air.  The berries taste like blueberries.  Sweet and salty  –  YUM!

Huckleberries
Huckleberries

The huckleberries and blackberries are just starting to ripen in the campground.  The blackest ones are the sweetest.

A Simpler Time

That’s what the beach does for me; reminds me of a simpler time.

Sand Castle on Tillicum Beach
Sand Castle on Tillicum Beach

No combat fishing here!

Surf Fishing on Tillicum Beach
Surf Fishing on Tillicum Beach

I’d say these were Common Ringed Plovers but my Audubon bird book says those don’t come to the Oregon Coast.  So they must be the Semipalmated Plover.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

OOoo Cool!  Look, the sunset colors are reflecting through the jellyfish. 🙂

Sunset Colors in Jellyfish
Sunset Colors in Jellyfish