Sunday, March 02, 2008

Florence ~ Logs, Sand, and the Alava

We made it to Florence (Oregon) in time for some sun and decided to drive to the north jetty. It was the first Oregon beach we had seen on arriving here. Isaac took us there and as I recall it was a very windy day.

I did get some pictures and the one above was a surprise after loading it on the PC. I reminded me of "Easy Rider" looking a bit like someone on a chopper.

There were logs scattered all over in the sand reminded me why hopping in the surf in Oregon could be a risky business because of the logs floating around. Actually not that risky.

The dunes with their grasses are a soft alternative to the rocky areas of the coast.

Everywhere there are pieces of wood.

Some obviously tarnished by man like this one with steel rods in a cutout section.

I'm not sure if this was an improvised shelter or just someone playing.

It was a rustic looking lean to of logs.

I was impressed by the silver skin of this log and it looked almost metallic.

Yes, there were plenty of logs.

The striations on this log looked to me a lot like an eagle's head and was very colorful.

This piece of wood looked like it was painted.

The broken branches from this log looked a little like a row of penguins from a distance.

On the jetty there were huge boulders marking the beginning of the walk out into the finger of the jetty that intruded into the sea at the mouth of the Siuslaw River

A coast guard helicopter flew over while we were there and we hoped if it were a rescue they were successful.

There were a few pet owners out with their dogs for some exercise.

You may have seen the front of this ruined boat in a previous entry ... is the Alava (a Portuguese name) and a landmark on the Siuslaw river sitting in front of the RV site faceing the river.

Some plants will grow anywhere even on the top of a tar encrusted post on the rivers edge.

Finally this is a broken post sticking up in the river. I'm not sure but I think it was a part of the logging retainers along the river.

Scrabble Score - Scrabble Queen 362 - The Contender 309 (Yikes!)

Quote of the Day ~
"All rivers, even the most dazzling, those that catch the sun in their course, all rivers go down to the ocean and drown. And life awaits man as the sea awaits the river."

~ Simone Schwarz-Bart - A writer who in her lifetime, Schwarz-Bart has lived in France, Africa and Switzerland. She currently resides in both Lausanne, France and Guadeloupe.

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