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Pictures for Pam, Day 197: Meyer's Beach View Point

Pictures for Pam, Day 197: Meyer's Beach View Point
(+3 insets!) (oops...I accidentally wrote an entire book! Heh...sorry...I needed to tell you about yesterday too! Hmmm...might I suggest an entire pot of coffee?! :D)

Here in the United States, the observance of Memorial Day happens on the last Monday of May. The weekend preceding Monday is also the official beginning of summer vacation season and in some places, the end of the school year. This translates to being one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

When Steve and I organized this trip we're on, it didn't even occur to us that we'd be sharing some days with the crazy Memorial weekend throngs. We only realized when we couldn't find anywhere to stay on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It finally dawned on us that there had to be something going on and then it hit us. "OH NO!!! What are we going to do?"

We spent hours looking for an affordable place to stay without any luck. Steve kept looking and then, to our total amazement, we found one night available at Bullard's Beach, which just happens to be one of the most popular campgrounds in the area. We were so happy. We were going to just drive home from there because we weren't finding anywhere to stay but with some more persistence, Steve found us two more nights on Saturday and Sunday night at a place that wasn't too expensive and was also just a short walk to the beach. SCORE!

Even though it was too bad that we couldn't stay longer at Bullard's Beach, it turned out to be just fine because we got a fabulous adventure while we were there. What a great surprise that was! We are most definitely going to come back and spend at least four days there next time around, what a nice place it was. :)

Another bonus to our Bullard's Beach site was that we were able to leave our truck hitched to the trailer and since there was no sewer hookup, we didn't have that time-sink either. That meant that leaving would be really fast the next morning, woot! :)

To top things off, check-out time to leave our campsite today was 1pm which was great. Some places are 11am and it can be a bit stressful to get out the door and driving at that time unless we have done some of the work the night before. We loved being able to sleep in along with the luxury of a nice and relaxed morning.

It also gave me the chance to fix a situation that happened yesterday. When we pulled into our campsite, I couldn't help seeing the beautiful yellow flowers all over the bushes everywhere. Naturally I wanted to take pictures and once we got set up, I popped out the door with my Canon and macro lens and spent about 15 minutes taking pictures of the flowers which were literally 10 feet from our rig! :) There was also rattlesnake grass which I adore.

Last night when I went to copy my pictures over I was horrified to see that I managed to NOT have an SD card in the camera. Apparently we didn't change the settings to alert us when there's no card in the camera. ARGH!!! I was so annoyed. Steve quickly diffused the situation by saying that we'd have tons of time in the morning and I could spend all the time I wanted to retake my pictures. He also reminded me of how wonderful it was that my subjects were literally right outside the rig. I relaxed and looked forward to the morning with a happy smile on my face!

So, this morning I popped outside as soon as I was able…mind you, it began pouring when we got up but then…it stopped! There was a constant drizzle when I went out but it was manageable, as were the breezy conditions.

Sometimes I wonder if someone/something is making sure that all goes well for us because workable conditions keeps happening for us just when it's really important to us. I went out and there were droplets and dew all over everything…it was so much prettier than when I took pictures last night! :D I retook pictures of the pretty yellow flowers and the red-tinged ones I'd never seen before…and the pea pods…and the rattlesnake grass too. JOY!!!

It only took about 15 minutes and while I was outside, Steve was making breakfast for us! I climbed back into the RV just as breakfast was ready, how's that for timing?! :D He was so happy I had a successful shoot and loved the few pictures I showed him on the camera. :) Yay for fabulous husbands! :)

I haven't looked at my pictures on the computer yet but I saw a few on the camera and there are certainly some winners so I'm totally overjoyed!! (NOTE: I've peeked at a few...lots of keepers!!)

Once breakfast was done, we merely did about 20 minutes of final prep and we left our site! What a wonderful experience. :)

We had a very nice time heading back south as the rain came down periodically. I pointed out the Facerock Creamery in Bandon which we'd hoped to visit on the way back--Steve was delighted that I spotted it! This company makes fabulous cheese and curds which we adore and we hoped that we might find some specialty items only sold there. YES! They DID! Steve and I were the happiest of chubby-cheeked mouses (intentionally misspelled!) as we sampled all of their many offerings and left with way too much cheese and curds for the normal and sane person, but heh…we are all about keto and cheese is one of our yummiest staples! YAY CHEESE! How much cheese do we want? ALL OF IT! :D MORE CHEESE IS MORE! :D

Along the two-hour drive we enjoyed the lovely views of the rugged coastline. There was a grocery store stop to get some more dog food for Molly and later we pulled off to take pictures at a place called Meyer's Beach because the views were just too lovely to resist! Stepping out of the truck was almost shocking--the raging wind and freezing temperatures were truly something else! I grabbed my Sony and got a bunch of pictures while the wind literally knocked me off-balance many times. I had to be careful, it was THAT windy! We were happy to get back into the truck, yikes! Worth it to stop though! :)

Finally we pulled into our last two-nights stay of our trip, what they call an "RV Park" but what we call an "RV Parking Lot"…lol…we knew it would be like this and honestly it's better than most that we put in this classification but truly it's just a bunch of parking spots that you jam your rig into. Not special or pretty at all. In the case here, the property edges are nice with pretty flower-covered bushes but that's about it. Not what we'd accept normally but it's Memorial Day weekend so we were happy that these were available. :) Plus, the beach is very close!

The weather is, let's just say, NOT macro weather. Heh. The wind is enough to rock the trailer and the rain is peppering the trailer sideways, lol. It's not raining constantly but enough. It's very cold out there too. However, Steve and I are very happy to be in our comfy little home and the internet connection here is super. Folks next to us are so nice and actually moved into their spot a month ago as a full-time living arrangement. We had a lovely dinner and I'm all snuggled into my nest, content as can be. :) How nice it's been to have some time to just write and work on my pictures! :)

Today's pictures are all from Meyer's Beach, the incredible place we stopped at on the way down here. You just have to see this place, it's amazing! The main image is pointed south. The first inset is directly out to sea. The third is pointed north. And then a fun picture of our rig with the view south. Wow. The whole Oregon coastline is covered with views like this. How fortunate we are to be able to visit this place. And to think, it's actually just a three-hour drive from our house. We will be back and if we can, we'll be able to camp nearby so we can go on a long and wonderful day's walk and photo adventure here. For now, just to see it is a fabulous gift. I hope you guys enjoy the pictures! :D I braved ridiculous wind for all of you and I survived without turning into a Janet Kite! :D Thinking of you, PAM!!! *BIG HUGS*!!! :)

Explored on 5/26/19; highest placement, #4.

buonacoppi, Jenny McIntyre, Nouchetdu38, Josiane Dirickx and 29 other people have particularly liked this photo

20 comments - The latest ones
Thérèse club
Magnifique !
Bon dimanche
17 months ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe vue ; ces rochers éparpillés sont d'un pittoresque !!
17 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Magnifiques captures de cette côte splendide ! Beau récit Janet !
17 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts. This is filling your photos with life. That's great, Janet!
17 months ago. Edited 17 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Great rocks and more lovely driftwood! I'm so glad you got your flower photos and look forward to seeing them. I'm so glad that you didn't turn into a kite and fly away!!! Have a safe trip home.
17 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club





17 months ago.
Boro club
Superbe compo
17 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Superb series!

Admired in:
17 months ago.
tiabunna club
Sitting in my comfortable office, I didn't feel any of the wind and wild weather in these photos at all, Janet. :-) A lovely set of images of this coastline and how good that it's only a few hours from your home.
17 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
you show us a very impressive coast
17 months ago.
Ruth club
Superb photo and another very enjoyable read Janet.
17 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I love your shots of Meyers Beach...............all three are very dramatic and just looking at the clouds it's easy to tell that it's very windy. I like the driftwood covered foreground as well. My fave shot is actually the one in the 2nd PiP!

I also like the shot of your rig..............I still can't get over how big it is compared to the caravans I see on our roads!

This must have been your longest narrative yet..!! Having said that, it was a really interesting and fun read, and I love your enthusiasm when you talk about the photos you're taking - even when you take them without a memory card :-))
17 months ago.
cammino club
An impressive bad weather beach shot !
17 months ago.
Pisti club
Thank you for sharing this impressive pictures. With the narratives attached, each picture comes alive with soul. You should become a book writer indeed.
17 months ago.
micritter club
Beautiful images as always.If I had to choose, I'd choose the middle 'inset' but all are wonderful. And the last one shows us you beautiful RV. I think it is wonderful that you got it and can now explore more easily and with more fun.
17 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful scenery!
17 months ago.
RHH club
Thanks for the photos, Janet. I remember Meyer's Beach from our last time down the Oregon coast. Makes me all the more eager to get going again in June. Thanks, too, for all you write. I always look forward to reading both what you post on your own photostream and what you post on mine. In this case it makes me feel like I'm sharing your trip and opportunities (that's really what they are) to work on things when you are in such close quarters. Sounds to me like you are both doing well and if it helps, we are cheering you on!

We will probably go out orchid hunting this week for couple of days. First in north-central Washington and then in the Cascades. There are some old sites I want to see again and some new ones I want to explore and show Nancy, though she may not go. She has some dental surgery this week and that may prevent here from going. If the grandkids were out of school I'd take one of them, but they have several weeks to go yet. Want to see the Fairy Slippers, the Mountain Lady's Slippers and the Yellow Lady's Slippers especially.

The grandkids and their parents are coming over tomorrow for a cookout and to get the boat out on the lake for its maiden voyage, if the motor works, that is. Haven't started it for about six months and since it needs to be in water to run, haven't bothered. We'll find out tomorrow. In the morning we have a pancake breakfast (should give them Steve's recipe) but there will definitely be keto unfriendly. It'll be fun to share the time with friends, though, and a pancake or two won't hurt either, especially since I'm not keto.

Had some much needed rain last night and this morning, but it has cleared again or is clearing. It's been very dry here and Nancy's efforts to get a lawn of some sort started have been a struggle. When we moved here the yard was four foot high weeds, mostly thistles, and she has been struggling to restore some semblance of order, especially because the grandkids like to run around barefoot and thistles are not very conducive to that. It certainly looks much better than it did two years ago.

As to fish, we used to fish a lot as kids and catch sunnies, bluegills, bullheads, etc., but we had to clean and cook them ourselves. My mother not only didn't like fish, she didn't even like to cook them. Eager to take the grandkids out and see what they can catch. One of them is an avid fisherman but doesn't care to eat them. I do, though, so whatever he catches will not be wasted and I spent my childhood cleaning and scaling pan fish, so I guess I can do it again if need be.

As to relationships, I've learned and am still learning that not everything has to be argued and that swallowing some humble pie is better than provoking a situation. It's taken me a bit too long to learn, but I always was a slow learner. Anyway, we've made it through 43 years and so will make it the rest of the way, I think. The trip in June, by the way, is over our anniversary (44) so it's a celebration as well as a trip. We're taking about a week and a half and then have a wedding to attend.
17 months ago.
raingirl club
oh i love our oregon coast - and thanks so much for sharing your trip notes and photos. that really is a beautiful spot. i should get over there more often (though further north than you) - hope to do so within the next month. missed our opportunity to beat the summer crowds, but that's okay - even crowded, our beaches are not really very crowded compared to california beaches.
17 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh Janet - these pictures are amazing - what incredible seaviews. I'm sorry I haven't been over to comment on your pics for a couple of days - time here is going by so fast. The coastal views are quite similar to some of those near my home in the UK. I just love being close to the sea. Of course you are facing the Pacific Ocean, whereas I face the Atlantic Ocean, and here in Turkey I face the Mediterranean Sea. All beautiful places.
17 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful beach scene; like the second PiP most of all.
Have a healthy week ahead.
4 months ago.

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