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Pictures for Pam, Day 195: HFF: Deer Behind Fence!

Pictures for Pam, Day 195: HFF: Deer Behind Fence! 

(+2 insets!)

Hooray for a day without rain!!! *dances around the RV*

This morning Steve and I checked the forecast and the weather didn't include rain until tonight! We were so happy! No matter how positive we tried to be, it's a bummer to have bad weather ruining all of your plans for most of the trip. :P

We were ready for action and after our brunch we packed up and headed out to a trailhead about 15 minutes away, just north of Lincoln City. Once a well-kept secret hike in the area, the God's Thumb hike was recommended to us by a camp host as something we must not miss.

The only way to get to the trail is by following breadcrumb-like directions to traverse the steeply inclining but lovely streets and then finally to the trailhead which was at the end of a beautifully forested residential road. (One of my insets shows the gate and fence where the trail begins.)

The trail was absolutely INCREDIBLE! Gorgeous ferns and glowing green plants everywhere, mottled birch and ash-like trees crowded close to the trail and flowers were everywhere! We walked silently on the pine-needle and moss-covered path that led up and up and up, eventually coming out onto a breathtaking knoll that showed Devil's Lake off in the distance and a view of the ocean and beach as well. What a lovely view!

We continued on, descending down, down, down into a verdant valley that felt as if we must be in Jurassic Park! Horsetail ferns intermingled with many other types of unfurling ferns, lovely mosses climbed all the trees and were so soft to touch. Steve and I were in absolute awe of this place.

Eventually the trail led down and out onto a bluff which overlooked the ocean and there it was! "God's Thumb" is a basalt rock formation at the edge of the sea and the sight of it and the rough and rocky coast included a gorgeous beach far below for those bold and adventurous enough to make the trek town and back up again. Far in the distance on one side was a lovely bay, and the other side showed the seemingly endless beach which began around a long stretch of impassable rocky coastline.

Before we climbed up to the top of the "thumb", we found a spot out of the wind and ate our afternoon snacks, enjoying the lovely views and the splendor of the area. How lucky we were. I remarked, "This is why we have an RV!" Steve couldn't agree more…we were so happy. This hike was every bit as wondrous as our Coo's Bay hike. What fun. And so much more hiking like this will be in our future now, how awesome. :)

Climbing up onto the knoll which made up the "God's Thumb" afforded amazing, breathtaking views in all directions…we were overjoyed that the weather allowed us to do this incredible hike. It was absolutely spectacular!

As for heading back, we initially wondered if we could make our way down to the beach and walk back the several direct miles back to the truck. But that idea was out of the question. The impassible craggy, steep and greenery-covered coast would never allow a way to the beach which started probably a mile away. We'd be returning the way we came but we certainly didn't mind that we'd have to return the way we came.

On the way back, Steve discovered that he could do "wide-angle macros" with our Mark III and 24-40 lens and he had a great time capturing some of the lovely subjects we found. I was delighted for him, and hope that his pictures turn out well!

By the time we got back to the car we were both totally spent from the hours of hiking we'd done, but at the same time we felt fantastic. There's just nothing like the feeling of exercising yourself to the point of exhaustion.

We returned to the RV and had our espresso and dinner, and I'm now finished up the evening with this post before we watch part of a show with Pumpkin and fall asleep, so happy with our day!

OH YEAH, it's my day to post my Happy Fence Friday picture! I have THREE that I took today! On the way back to our car, we saw deer on a property behind a rustic fence! And at the truck I saw an opportunity for a fence and ocean panorama! And finally, there's a picture of the trail's beginning at the end of the residential road! I hope you like them all! :)

Pam, I enjoyed your info about tornadoes and the like--oh boy…I know all about fracking and it's so incredibly bad, where do you even begin. Seriously people, if what you're doing is making EARTHQUAKES happen when they never had them before…maybe you ought not be doing that? *sigh* Big money doesn't care. It's horrible. Anyway, here's hoping you had an ok day my dear! You're in our thoughts!! :D *BIG HUGS* from Devil's Lake! :)

Explored on 5/24/19; highest placement #4.

Annalia S., Nicole Merdrignac, WolfgangN, Diane Putnam and 41 other people have particularly liked this photo


46 comments - The latest ones
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Superb catch! =O

Oh, and the wide angle macros are the best! =)

HFF, Janet!
14 months ago.
Sami Serola club has added
An example on wide angle "macro": www.ipernity.com/doc/serola/45839964
14 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
How beautiful is this..
HFF and a nice weekend from Greece.
14 months ago. Edited 14 months ago.
 FotoArt
FotoArt club
Es hat sich direkt in Pose gestellt. Extra für Dich!
14 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
exquise photo !!
HFF Janet
14 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF, Janet!
14 months ago.
 Ruebenkraut
Ruebenkraut club
HFF, Janet!
14 months ago.
 Anji.
Anji. club
Magnifique !
HFF, Janet, et bonne fin de semaine !
14 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
HFF and happy weekend
Most beautiful

see you soon:)
14 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
HFF, Janet. I love all three of your shots. The gate to the trail fair becons you in. I would have to walk in there. Although I would be unable now to go as far as you did, I would enjoy it enormously.
14 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
OH JANET WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE ! IT SOUNDS JUST LIKE A LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE. IT WAS ALSO WHAT I LOVED ABOUT CARAVANING, YOU GOT TO SEE PLACES THAT WERE WELL KEPT SECRETS !

HUGGGGGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
14 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Great capture Janet.

HFF and a wonderful weekend
14 months ago.
 grobi358
grobi358 club
Oh, very cuty behind the fence! HFF to you!
14 months ago.
 Boro
Boro
Jolie !! HFF Janet
14 months ago.
 Reyk
Reyk club
Das Bild in der freien Natur und deine Erzählung dazu sind wirklich sehr berührend
14 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
What a lovely catch!!

HFF, Janet!
14 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome shots! HFF!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
14 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Always good to see these captures Janet. Well done.

HFF, have a great weekend. Herb
14 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Sublieme drie in EEN Hff Janet !
14 months ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Fab as ever Janet -well done and HFF!
14 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
So beautiful, Janet ! HFF and a very nice weekend for you !
14 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
awesome capture, great shot, HFF
14 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Lovely images and interesting reading, Janet, though down here we've nearly forgotten what rain is! So glad you're having such good travels. HFF and have a great weekend.
14 months ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
Great fences series, I like especially the 2nd one. And the little deer, if he wanted, he could probably roll under the fence.... HFF, Janet
14 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Splendid HFF.
Enjoy a great weekend Pam.
14 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Beautiful captures Janet
HFF and a nice weekend
14 months ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
HFF Janet
14 months ago.
 niraK68
niraK68 club
HFF Janet
14 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Fantastic catch! HFF, Janet!
14 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
Beautiful the fenced deer! HFF, Janet!
14 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I see..............so that's how it's going to be! I find sheep behind a fence, you find a deer! You always have to go one better :-))

Seriously though, what a fantastic find.........and perfectly captured :-)

More fences in the PiPs too...........what a marvellous bonus - picnic bench with a wonderful view and gorgeous light behind those gates!

HFF Janet............Have a splendid weekend.
14 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A beautiful animal in a very nice setting, great photos Janet!
14 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

What a superb find!!

I presume he is wild....

Best Wishes, HFF, and a good weekend
Peter
14 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A superb HFF and FFF capture Janet. Thank you for posting to FFF.
14 months ago.
 Kenny
Kenny club
Lovely captures HFF Janet
14 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Wonderful photos and a nice way to follow your trip along with the great descriptions. Glad you've gotten some drier weather, at least dry enough to do some hiking. Intrigued by your reference to wide angle macros and will have to look into it. Messed around with some of my lenses yesterday calibrating my camera to the lenses, but then discovered that my camera has built in calibration and all my efforts were wasted.

Spent most of the day at school for Grandparents' Day. Listened to the kids sing and recite. They go to a school with a classical curriculum, so I was quite impressed - fourth and fifth graders reciting the periodic table and all the presidents. Junior High and High School kids learning Latin, Greek and Old English. Ended the day with a disputatio, a competition in which their knowledge of a lot of different subjects is tested.

Bought a boat yesterday, a twelve foot aluminum board. Have a six.6 horse motor for it and a friend gave us a trolling motor. Will have to take the grandkids out and some of them fishing now. They're all coming this evening for our son-in-law's birthday, so if the weather cooperates we might be able to get the boat out this evening. It's an older boat but in very good shape and we got it for a very good price.

Your photo of the Smooth Yellow Violet was superb. The PNW has nine different species of yellow violets as well as pink, white, blue and violet. Another instance of a common name not fitting very well, I guess. We were out at Mount Spokane Wednesday and the violets you saw were everywhere along with a lot of other wildflowers including one lone Fairy Slipper that was just opening. Not very acquainted with the area but saw enough to want to go back.

We had asked the ranger if there were any hike where we could see wildflowers and she told us nothing was open yet. I think we found nearly twenty different wildflowers. We've had ranger in the National Parks, too, that have no idea, but we always ask since there are some that know a lot about the parks, sometimes the state parks, too. We usually ask whether there's anything special and also about orchids.

Wonder if the white wildflower you saw was Buckbean. I'm well enough acquainted with that one to know that it might fit your description of frilly flowers with a hint of pink. There's always a thousand others I've never seen, so I'm eagerly awaiting a photo, but perhaps it's a place to start. There's also Fringed Grass of Parnassus, but that's a single flower and no hint of pink that I remember.

We bought our boat because we live near a lake and have access to it as part of our homeowner's association. We bought it especially because we have the grandkids here and one of them especially likes to fish. We'd thought about kayaks or a canoe and even looked at some, but thought this would be better. We'd probably still get a canoe or kayaks if we could afford them or found a really good deal.

I am not sure, though, that we'd get any of the above if we didn't live on a lake. Probably would not use them enough. The difference for you guys, though, is that you have the means to transport them, I would think, at least better means than we have. We would need a roof rack to transport them and that's an additional expense, and Nancy needs some expensive dental work done.

Glad you guys are able to work out your issues so easily. Too many people don't work at them and don't value their relationships enough to even think about doing so. As I told someone recently, I promised forty some years ago and I have no intention of doing anything but keeping the promise I made no matter what. Everyone has issues to work out but the thing to do is acknowledge them and work at them.

Eating crow or humble pie is not the worst thing in the world, though it looks and smells rather disagreeable. It's actually rather nourishing in the end and one does grow and get stronger by learning to eat it. I guess it's learn to eat it or go eat elsewhere, which is not an option for me. Anyway, got to go and finish getting things ready for the gang - drinks, cutlery, etc., and get some breakables out of the way.
14 months ago. Edited 14 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
HFF and a nice weekend.
14 months ago.
 Kawasirius
Kawasirius club
Une belle randonnée avec de belles rencontres dans un paysage grandiose et de toute beauté ! Bonne journée Janet !
14 months ago.
 Erika+Manfred
Erika+Manfred club
Belated HFF and a fine weekend
14 months ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Awesome, well captured Janet
14 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
How lovely that you two managed such a spectacular hike like that - never mind that you had to return the same way - it was beautiful regardless. I'm so glad that you had dry weather too - doing that amount of hiking and that close to the sea isn't so wonderful when you are soaking wet.

The picture of the deer is so beautiful. You were so fortunate to be able to capture that gorgeous animal

I'm hoping to go swimming today - the day is certainly sea weather - clear blue sky, gorgeous sun, it's a tad too hot for my liking, but it won't matter once I'm in that water!!!
14 months ago. Edited 14 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
belated HFF!
14 months ago.
 gezginruh
gezginruh club
An excellent HFF picture here!
Belated HFF and have a great weekend!

Best wishes
Füsun
14 months ago.
 ColRam
ColRam club
De belles barrières.
Je n'ai pas participé car j'étais en voyage
Bonne journée
14 months ago.
 Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam club
Lovely shot of this wonderful creature, Janet!
14 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe capture. Nicole.
14 months ago.

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