A bit of Autumn color from Saturday's first-day-of-Fall walk in the country (near our daughter and son-in-law's home). It's fun to see the seasonal change and I like Fall. But this week, I'm still blogging about summer fun.
We spent a couple of early September days in Florence (Oregon). Florence, in the same county where we live here in Oregon, is only an hour's drive from home. We're lucky to be so close to the Pacific Coast, but even so we made this a two-day trip ...
... so that we had more time to explore the beautiful Oregon Coast with these beautiful people. Our (much-younger) sister and brother-in-law were visiting from Seattle. The weather was absolutely perfect. Not necessarily a given in these parts! We were grateful.
Great Blue Heron
This Great Blue Heron was among several birds that posed beautifully for us right outside of our hotel room balcony.
There were the usual shorebirds and gulls on the beach. It always looks like the gulls are babysitting the tiny waders.
On the second morning of our stay, older sister and brother-in-law led the younger ones astray when we ventured on a totally out-of-character experience for all of us:
Between Florence and Coos Bay there are miles and miles of rolling sand dunes. It seems more like being on a desert than right near the ocean. We went to a company just South of Florence that has offered rides on the dunes for years. The four of us and the driver fit somehow into that red sand rail vehicle ...goggles and seat belts in place we were off. The pictures don't do justice to the roller coaster effect of riding the dunes. My sister had actually said she thought the ride would be fun (she'll learn) ... so we voted to let her ride in front next to the driver. I'm quite sure he was showing off for her!
No pictures could really illustrate the feeling of being totally out in the middle of nowhere -- all you see is sky and sand a lot of the time. (The driver stopped on flat places for these pictures).
So just when we were getting used to sand flying in our faces and jumping over gullies, and our stomachs doing the roller coaster bit, we heard this loud bang and our vehicle ground to a stop. Oops. Yup, that frame is definitely broken.
(Did I mention that we had taken the last buggy ride of the day? Other drivers and office staff were already leaving for home as our driver buckled us in at the beginning of the trip.)
But all was well -- and, hooray for cell phone service, the boss person arrived in a rescue vehicle within half an hour. Just as I was starting to fantasize about spending the night on the shifting whispering sands! (The rescue vehicle was actually one of the company's larger and slower sand rail vehicles.)
Notice that the lady in the new front seat is still smiling ... and actually we all were. It was fun -- sometimes it's good to do something completely different and unexpected.
More Autumn color and more family in future posts. This one is linked to the following sharing opportunities -- with thanks to all of the hosts.
NATURE NOTES; MOSAIC MONDAY; ALL SEASONS; MACRO MONDAY ; FLORAL BLISS ; OUR WORLD on Tuesday; GOOD RANDOM FUN; THROUGH MY LENS; TRAVEL PHOTO SOUVENIRS; WILD BIRD Wednesday; Wednesday AROUND THE WORLD; THANKFUL THURSDAY; SKYWATCH FRIDAY; SATURDAY CRITTERS; and RATHER B' BIRDING