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There is Sunshine in my Soul Today!

Wow!  What a gorgeous day on the Oregon Coast today!

Tillicum Sunshine
Tillicum Sunshine

We had a little rain early this morning.  Then the clouds and fog disappeared and there was nothing but blue sky and sunshine!

I was too busy standing in the sun to want to sit at my computer.  So Don and I worked outside in the campground all afternoon.  Don was moving dirt around with the tractor.  I was finding standing dead trees and pushing them over.  Don’s always impressed when I push a tree down; even though they’re only 2″ – 3″ across. 🙂

The campers were pretty entertaining too.  There’s a week of sunshine forecast so people are hitting the coast for fall camping.  We all commented that it looked more like a Saturday than a Monday.  There were lots of sites open (and still are) but there’d be 3 or 4 campers at a time, frantically trying to decide which site is the best one.  People take longer to decide when there are more choices.  Everyone got settled though.  🙂

Check out the new Facebook page for our campgrounds:

Siuslaw NF Campgrounds

Cape Perpetua Sand Dragon

There’s not much beach in Cape Perpetua.  But at low tide, all kinds of critters come out of the sand.

Winged Sand Dragon
Winged Sand Dragon

Some people are SO creative!  (thanks Tom and Cindy for the photo)

We’ve got minus tides this week.  And great weather to enjoy the Oregon coast….sand, tidepools, seals, sea lions…

Our campgrounds are full!  We always have a few openings on Saturday but you have to be in Tillicum, Cape Perpetua or Rock Creek before noon to catch one when it opens.

Alder Dune and Sutton campgrounds, 5-6 miles north of Florence, have openings later in the day.  Sutton has 20 electric sites.  There is NO ATV access to the dunes from Alder Dune or Sutton.   Blackberry campground is a short drive from Waldport, up the Alsea Hwy (34).  Enjoy the beach around Waldport/Yachats during the day and enjoy warmer temps along the river at night.  Call 541-547-3679 for more info (8am to 9pm).

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!

Tillicum Beach Razor Clamming

I got up early today.  Since I can’t see the rise of the Super Moon I wanted to see if I could catch it setting.  It was daylight when I got out on the beach this morning but the sun wasn’t shining yet.  The sky looked a little hazy.  The horizon over the Pacific looked foggy.  I didn’t see the moon. 😦

I decided to hangout for a little bit to see if it might peek through the fog.  Although the fog looked pretty dense, I’ve seen the sun do it.  And whadyaknow!

Super Moonset
Super Moonset

What a beautiful start to my day!  A sweet “tender mercy” from the Lord.  I guess I kinda take the whole solar system for granted.  It’s really incredible when you think about it.

Clam Tides on Tillicum Beach
Clam Tides on Tillicum Beach

By the time the moon disappeared and I’d spent enough time agate hunting (and finding), there were lots of clammers out.  I didn’t hear if anyone did any good.  (They didn’t share if they did.)

Looks like my road map for the day
Looks like my road map for the day!

I can relate to whatever critter crawled in that hole 🙂  I felt like I ran in circles all day and crawled back into my little 5th wheel tonight.  I covered a lot of ground today, checking things off my list.  I hope I did some good!

Notes from my Workamping Journal:

I stopped at one of our closed campgrounds to let myself through the gate.  The hosts are living there and working at getting it ready to open.  Anyway, there was a car with a couple in it sitting at the gate.  When I stopped they came and talked to me.  They said they have a reservation to camp there.  I told them that wasn’t possible because we don’t accept reservations until the 18th.  I asked to see their reservation confirmation.  I knew what had happened because it’s happened before.  The reservation person booked the wrong campground with the same name.  The campground is Rock Creek Campground.  There are 4 of them in Oregon.  Ours is the one on the Oregon Coast in the Siuslaw National Forest.  It is probably safer to book this campground online than to call the reservation phone number. 🙂