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When it rains

Well, the river DID get a little higher than expected but it is going down now.

Alsea River Graph - near Mike Bauer Wayside
Alsea River Graph

So, what do Oregonians do when family visits and they’re getting cabin-fever from the rain?  They take them to the Hatfield Marine Science Center!

octopus tank
Center of attention

Sasha the octopus is the attention-getter.  (I spelled her name wrong because this is how they pronounced it: Sasha)  She’s not always this active; especially after lunch.

Octopus - Sasha - Hatfield Marine Science Center
Vent blows up her skirt

They say she likes to sit over the vent.

Octopus - Sasha - Hatfield Marine Science Center
She’s O-K

In scuba-speak, raising your arms over your head in the shape of an O means you are OK.  You can’t use a thumbs-up because that means you’re surfacing.

Octopus - Sasha - Hatfield Marine Science Center
Look her in the eye

Ever look into the eye of an octopus?  They are such odd looking creatures.   An octopus mates once in her life, lays 50,000 eggs, hatches them and then dies shortly after they hatch.  Only 2 of those young survive to adulthood.

Whale burp info
No such thing as a whale burp 😦

Whale burp myth busted!

We probably spent a couple hours there.  There is SO much to see and touch and play with!

seal rock - big waves
First Big Storm – Seal Rock

A break in the rain at Seal Rock and we had to get some pix of the big waves from the first Fall storm on the Oregon Coast.

Sunbathing Pelicans

No matter what I’m busy doing on the coast, staring out into the ocean is such a peaceful feeling.  When I have a view of something so vast and large it helps me put myself in perspective of the world, maybe the universe, and God.  I heard my brother describe our family camping trips to the Colorado Rockies when we were teens.  Feeling small, in such a grand and beautiful place, helped him understand that there was something greater than he was.

Seal Rock
Seal Rock

These photos are at Seal Rock, Oregon, between Newport and Waldport on the central coast.  It’s supposed to rain today but this photo was taken yesterday.  It’s amazing how quickly the storms come and go.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

The pelicans don’t stay here year-round so they’re fun to watch while here.