July 06, 2018



I think it was sea lions I saw when we traveled up and down Hwy 1. I remember how loud and smelly they were. Reminded me of my college roommates.

NatureFootstep PhotoArt

not that fond of seals but love the birds and cliffs : Great trip :)


Oh, Sallie, how I loved this! From the roses and seals, to the rocky reef! Love it - all, including the van.

ken schneider

Years back we attended a birding Elderhostel on the Oregon coast. It was an unforgettable experience. The ocean was anything but "pacific" while we were there, with lots of surf and spray. Love those rocks and reefs! (Having trouble posting my comment)

Alan Bates

My wife and I fell in love with the Oregon coast years ago on vacation. We saw a whale right in front of us at an inlet, I mean like maybe 200 feet away, feeding. Lots of sea lions, and the beautiful coast line. Your post reminded me of that.

Jim, Sydney, Australia

Good shots.


That's a lot of comments above, as it took a while before reaching the end, haha! I love the sea lions, most specially because we only see them when we are abroad. They are alien to us in the tropics. And thanks for the information about the females going back to California to deliver their kids.


I spent a lucky three days at the Oregon Coast last year. So beautiful! As are your photos.

Peter B.

I love that shot of Simpson Reef and the interesting rock formations. Fun to see the photos of the sea lions, too!

MaryBeth Schwartz

Nothing is better than the Oregon coast and I live in Washington and say the O-coast is better


I caught up on all your posts, so you are back home to Oregon ! Love the photos, you have seen so much in the last weeks !


Lovely photos. Great to see sea lions and helpful rangers! The birds look like loons to me too (or divers as we call them) wouldn't know which species though


What a lovely trip to the sea, Sallie! That reef looks beautiful!

riitta k

Georgeous wildlife! And the roses gave me splash of colour on this grey morning. Wishing you lovely July days wherever you travel!


I'm happy to say I've been to the CA and Oregon coast. Loved the seals. Those roses make me swoon.


so nice for you to be able to see both sides of the world!! i really enjoy seeing sea lions, they are so cute and lovable!!!

the blooms are so beautiful, so colorful...a sight for sore eyes!!!

Sylvia D.

Sallie, I love the texture of the rocks. I'm glad the ocean was still there. The tea roses were a treat for the eyes. Have a good week. Sylvia D.

Patrick Tillett

Hi Sallie! I envy your ability to see that totally amazing coastline so often. Good weather or bad, it is gorgeous. Several decades go we set out on a 10 day trip following the coastline from Malibu to Seattle. We ended up taking a month to do it. There is so much to see, and do. We camped out most of the nights. I'd like to do it all again. Maybe in the RV this time...

Beautiful photos! Thanks!

David Gascoigne

What a great coastal excursion - and so much wildlife. I am sure that it made you feel right at home again. I am especially glad that you found the Pacific Ocean still there. I would have been a tad concerned had it been missing, I know that Trump and his wicked gang are destroying the environment and reversing every same piece of legislation, but I’m glad to know that they don’t have the power to drain oceans.

Photo Cache

How beautiful. I am glad the sea lions call this state home too so that we don't need to go far to see them.

Worth a Thousand Words

jesh StG

Have heard so many good things about the Oregon coast. Thank you for the captures of the beautiful roses for All Seasons! The sea lions are so cute - miss living near the coast and seeing them. No matter which government, everyone wants the wish and wildlife to fare well!! Have a great week exploring:)


I'd love to visit the Oregon coast. Beautiful post today.


Beautiful roses and seascapes all in the same post. I have never been to Oregon but the more I see of it the more I think I should visit.

Lavender Dreamer

Flowers make the most beautiful mosaics! And how nice to have an ID on your birds and spend time at the ocean. I'm always learning something new from other bloggers. We are a pretty smart bunch, aren't we? heehee! Enjoy your week!

Michelle Banks

Oh I learned a new term..a raft of seabirds... Lovely flowers..I am watering every single day here as it has been so hot...Michelle


Goodness, Sallie! You are surrounded by beauty of all kinds. Love the roses, the sea lions, loons. Gorgeous and fun post.

Magical Mystical Teacher

Roses look good at any distance!


I understood that comment of yours about wanting to see again the Pacific. Living a mile from the coast as we do it's just part of our daily life. I don't think we could live without it now. Pacific Loons, yes and as we call them Pacific Divers, both descriptive names for the same species.

a spirit of simplicity

It's so pretty. I lived in Washington for a few years and we were on the Olympic Peninsula many times but I never made it down to Oregon. I wish I had it's so pretty. I don't really think of the Fish and Wildlife or the Forestry departments as part of the"government"


Dearest Sallie; What great post with full of the marvelous natures♡♡♡ I've never seen Reef like that nor sea lion. Haha,I showed the picture of the Van to my husband; how colorful♪
Wonderful to know that our two friends helped you to id the Pacific Loons. I could see "the white collar line" for them like they have in their Japanese name;-) For the last picture of Shore Acres with Heron sculptures, unlike you wrote (maybe except herons), I thought there are a bit of Japanese atmosphere there with stones and greens.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*


Such a treat to see the Oregan coast and my favourite ocean - the Pacific. The Senior Partner and I have treasured memories of RV'ing in that area many years ago, lucky you to be able to call it home!
Thanks so much for taking us along to enjoy the wild beauty with you at MM this week.


Wonderful flowers and loved seeing the sea lions. I love that craggy coast out there. For the first time ever I saw whales relatively close when we were in Alaska. It was thrilling to see these beautiful creatures for the first time in my life. I also felt that way when we saw the sea lions in California. Loved seeing a lot of animals in their natural habitat. Such a joyful experience. Your photos are a joy to see Sallie. Thank you :)

Bob Bushell

Nice van. Excellent photos Sallie.


I loved your photos of the Oregon Coastline and the seals. We have yet to see the Oregon coast, Sallie! I must remedy that someday soon. My husband and I would love to continue a drive we did along Route One along the Pacific coast. We drove from San Diego to San Francisco and always wanted to go back to continue from San Francisco all the way up to the end of Washington State. Hopefully we will get a chance to do that one day soon!

Amy Franks

I've heard sea lions can be quite ferocious, we tend to get seals here for than anything, people try to get up close with them but it's recommended to stay away.

Su-sieee! Mac

Ha! I thought those heron stood as still as statues. (I'm one of those people that feel plants indoors as I'm asking, "Are these real?") It's been H=O-T! so looking at your photos cools me down a bit. Simpson Reef looks like it could've been lava cooling as it met the shore.

The Husband and I went on a walk along the coast just south of San Francisco a few years ago. Nearly everyone kept saying "There's a whale!" People would point it out. We saw nothing, every time. :-)


That's such beautiful coastline, and great wildlife.


Beautiful photos! What a wonderfully scenic place to live. Great capture of the sea lions.

Kelleyn Rothaermel

Lovely pictures. I lived in Portland for 4 years and Oregon will always have a special place in my heart. The roses are perfect as Oregon and Roses just seem to go together. Have a lovely week.


Great trip to the coast with so much wildlife to see. Please remember, federal land management agencies are still able to hire passionate folks to share stories with visitors. Glad you found one.

Mary Howell Cromer

Oh I am so green eyes Dear Sallie, so envious even with my green-blue eyes. Coos Bay, such a beautiful place, like Depot Bay and so many other Bay towns. I would so very much love to traverse from Northern California, up the Oregon Coast again and enter in Washington Coast up into British Columbia...my dream vacation here in the US. Sea Lion Caves is where we saw as children the Sea Lions for the first time. Your Sea Lions and the nice meeting with the wildlife expert along the coast had to have been a very wonderful experience. Have a great week~

A ShutterBug Explores

wonderful photos of a lovely area ~ love the seals!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Penelope Puddlisms

Looks like you’re settling in nicely, Sallie. The sea does look unusually calm. The Oregon Coast and its dramatic crashing waves will stay in my memory forever. It was one of my husband-to-be and my first trips together. I remember from the way back time machine how rugged and beautiful it looked and the adventurous but relatively easy drive from BC. Also, lovely to see the government seeming to care about wildlife. I think Oregon is one of the most conservation conscious states right now.

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

PS....had to do a Google search...perhaps this:


a Pacific Loon

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Definitely a loon!!! But there are different species on the west coast than what we have in Texas, so I'm not sure.

Love the rocky shoreline photo.

Thanks for joining us this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Lea @ Lea's Menagerie

Great animal sightings.
Love the van!
Have a wonderful day!

Lady Fi

Wow - what amazing shots! Love those seals!

Linda in Virginia

How cool to watch sea lions! Thanks for sharing them.

Hildred Finch

Nice to know you are back on the west Cast, Sallie, and I did enjoy your pictures - beautiful!


Oh I love the Oregon coast so much to see there I only scratched the surface. Don't blame you for heading there right away. I think it's Pacific Loon, (awesome bird find) just based on that light/whitish coloring at the back of the neck. Check out this range map, the sightings along that area of Coos Bay.


Cathy Keller

Your photos are incredibly beautiful! Thank you for sharing them. Wishing you well!

William Kendall

A beautiful area!

Eileen Wise

Hello Sallie, I love the Oregon coastline. The Sea lions are a cool sighting. I think your birds look like Loons, but I could be wrong. The gardens and roses are lovely. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.


Beautiful! How lucky can you get - sea air and rose perfume all on one trip to the coast! Thanks for sharing.

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