Posts Tagged ‘Oregon Coast’


Reflect,” is the “word in your ear” challenge for this last week of 2013.  A trip to the beach was in order for us yesterday, after spending a week in the house nursing nastiness and feeling simultaneously relieved that we are on vacation for the holiday so we didn’t have to muddle through work, but also feeling cheated, like we didn’t get to do all we’d hoped for during the holiday. Turns out though, in reflection, that we’ve had a wonderful time: we’ve relaxed and enjoyed our cozy home, our sweet new puppy, and have watched movies, read books, and given many of the new Christmas treasures a fair shake. But with the whale migration in progress and our vacation time dwindling, we decided to dose ourselves up with some Tylenol and drive off to the beach, leaving late and thus staying late. In the afternoon dusk, the reflections on the beach were gorgeous.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Travel Theme: Wild

Take a walk on the wild side? Ok, don’t mind if we do! There’s plenty of wild life out here in Oregon to keep us busy exploring for who knows how long? Probably always.

At the beaches, we never tire of exploring the tide pools teaming with wild life:

We really don’t need to travel far to explore the wild life though, as there’s plenty right in our own back yard.

The little garden snakes are usually only for viewing too…


…excepting, of course, for the little one that slithered over my toes the other day, losing its “shi*” in alarm (the snake that is!). Now that was wild!

For more wild views, check out Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme: Wild“.

Travel theme: Simplicity

Ailsa’s travel theme for the week, Simplicity, brought to mind the moment captured in the snapshot here.  Sometimes less really is more– an important ideal to keep in mind as we wade through our too-busy, stuff-cluttered day-to-day lives.


© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

Travel Theme: Peaceful

We happily chant “Never a bad day at the beach!” as often as we can, my family and I. As we round that first bend on Highway 101 eagerly seeking a first glimpse of the expansive Pacific, a collective and audible group sigh escapes from our lips and the the sense of calm we so eagerly seek begins to set in. I can hear it now: the crashing surf, the calling gulls. I can smell it too: the salty musty scent of the sea breeze. Ah, the peace. It’s lovely here. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_2050IMG_2031

For more entries to this challenge, visit “Where’s my Backpack.” Thanks, Ailsa, for inspiring idea.

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

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