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Humbug Mountain State Park

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A Slice of Heaven from Humbug Mountain State Park Beach (+8 insets!)

A Slice of Heaven from Humbug Mountain State Park Beach (+8 insets!)
(+8 insets!) (Please view large! It's a wonderful zen view! :D) (Please scroll down to Today's Pictures for image details!)

Fewer Locations with Longer Stays = Happy Campers!
Our wonderful Covid Trip lasted 26 days and yet we only stayed in four locations: Humbug Mountain State Park (7 nights), Bullard's Beach State Park (7 nights), William Tugman State Park (two 4-night stays), and Hecata (pronounced Huh-see-tuh) Beach RV Park (4 nights). We learned our lesson last season that short stays = cranky campers! Truthfully, this trip DID have 3 shorter stays of four days each but they were close to each other and that made them reasonable enough. The juggling of short stays allowed us to meet up with Steve's sister and two sons for our first RV trip with them and it was wonderful!

Humbug Mountain State Park
Nestled at its base, this park is a lovely gem with several picturesque trails and a gorgeous beach just five minutes from the lower campground. The mountain was originally named Me-tus by the indigenous Tututni people, though first known by Sugarloaf Mountain by American settlers. It was renamed Tichenor's Humbug--eventually shortened to Humbug Mountain--by the founder of nearby Port Orford, Captain William V. Tichenor. The name served as a permanent reminder of the exploring blunder when the party sent by Techinor got lost and headed north of the port instead of south. (The mountain has also been called Mount Franklin.)

Our stay was a relaxing one in which we settled into the happy reality of our new fabulous trailer and discovered what it was like to stay put for more than a few days. What a joy! The only bummer was the fact that Steve had badly hurt his knee and sprained his ankle just before we left for our trip. This forced him to stay in the trailer and off his feet as much as possible, something that he really didn't want to do, of course. We both felt very depressed and worried about his leg and the future, and all of this weighed on our mood. However, once he got serious about resting his leg, it began to heal and we felt better in turn as the days passed.

I got out for walks every day and had many photo adventures. The trails, the beach, the trek around the lower and upper campground loops--even though melancholy often colored my creative energy, the time we got to spend at this park was enough that I was able to photograph my experience there really well! Ultimately, we hope to come back and stay for another week so that Steve and I can hike all of the trails together, go beach-combing, and allow him to experience the park's grandeur too!

A Lovely Morning on Humbug Mountain State Park Beach
I went out to the beach many times and got to wander around, soaking up the beauty of the place. The wind was pretty fierce and maybe that's why there weren't many people on the beach most of the time, though families could be seen here and there each day. The scenery was magnificent and I enjoyed taking pictures of the craggy coast as well as macros of the things I found washed up on the shore.

Today's Pictures
You have to count your lucky stars when you see such a perfect scene for a picture. Arriving at the beach one day, I immediately noticed the pair in my main picture, seated on a log and enjoying the incredible view. I got lots of shots from many angles but I liked this one the best, creating a panorama from the image to give a sense of what they were experiencing. A slice of heaven. :)

Insets include…
A pile of prayer stones with a soft-focus boulder off in the distance…
A magnificent craggy coast line where rocks of all sizes met the crashing waves next to the beach…
Layers of sand with a granite rock jutting up for a focal point…
A seagull flying overhead, just one of the many that often wheeled about overhead or gathered on the shore…
A colorful crab carapace on the sand, glistening from the water that washed over it…
A close-up of the shell to see the gorgeous texture…
Kelp that lay in a Rastafarian jumble with a shallow dof so the end faded to artistic softness…
And finally, a natural still life with a feather stuck to a bit of seaweed. That feather was very stubborn and though the wind tore at it, the feather merely waved around and would not be swept away! :)

Here's hoping all of you are safe and healthy and having a wonderful day! :) Thanks so much for your visits, comments, stars, and for your never-ending encouragement and interest in my photography and our adventures! :) You're the best. <3

Explored on 8/1/20; highest placement #2.

Sylvain Wiart, Jenny McIntyre, trester88, Jörg and 33 other people have particularly liked this photo

28 comments - The latest ones
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A very meditative picture, Janet ! So calm and beautiful !
2 months ago.
Boro club
2 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a superb photo Janet, just perfect and so peaceful. I do love the name of this park :)
2 months ago.
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to:
Splendeurs De La Nature
2 months ago.
cammino club
I see: Very lonely coastal landscape and Corvid-19 is very far away ... You made some very interesting findings on the beach!
2 months ago.
 Love Song
Love Song club
Fantastic series *_* J********************************************************
2 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful series!
2 months ago.
RHH club
Wonderful! How can you do better than the Oregon coast? Have trouble choosing between the second inset of the coast and that wonderful photo of the seagull with the light shining through his wings. Love them all and they are the kind of shots Nancy and I would be taking of all sorts of things and all part of a wander through a beautiful area.

My brothers arrived home about 5:00 am our time. Miss them already and the good time we had together, but missed Nancy when I was away. She's been my hiking companion for ever so many years and it seemed strange to be hiking without her, but Neal and I especially have similar interests so had plenty to talk about and enjoy.

Neal's wife has hiked with him for many years as well, but is no longer able because of arthritis and so the suggestion that we do this trip together and with Tim. Neal, however, has a bad hip, the result of a fall in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming (he and his daughter had to be airlifted out) and so he thought this might be his last trip.

Nice that you were able to meet up with Steve's sister and her boys as part of your trip. Hope they enjoyed the scenery and time together as much as you and Steve obviously did. Family times are the best when they go well, though they can also be the worst when they don't go well. Nice way, too, for you all to get away from the virus thing.

Our next trip involves driving to Michigan for a nephew's wedding (and to see my parents, of course). After the wedding we are scheduled to fly to Iceland to meet Jennifer there and spend a couple of weeks touring the island with her. Then we drive back home, probably by way of the Upper Peninsula to see the autumn colors there.

Just finished mowing, fixing the water softener, unpacking, etc. and am relaxing a bit before the next round of chores. The heat is keeping the lawn from growing as much as it would otherwise, but with Nancy's watering and weeding it was still a chore in this heat we are suffering through. Not as hot as yesterday but still very hot.

That's about all, I guess. Will comment on a few older photos as well.
2 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Buen trabajo. Me gusta ese punto de toma bajo en la foto de portada. Buen domingo y salud.
2 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent series! Stay well!

Admired in:
2 months ago.
RHH club
Congratulations on Explore. Still on page 2 but I'm sure it'll move down.
2 months ago.
RHH club
Like the figures sitting on the beach. When traveling and hiking one has to take the time to do that. It just can't be rush, rush, rush all the time.
2 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Gorgeous series, Janet ! Have a great Sunday !!!!!!!!!
2 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club


2 months ago.
protox club
Eine Serie zum Schauen und Verweilen.
2 months ago.
 Ern Jacoby
Ern Jacoby club
Amazing good times in that wonderful landscape!
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Hi Janet (*waving). I love your main panoramic image...........as you say, the view is awesome and the pair sitting on the log are perfectly placed in the frame. It would have been a good shot without the people, but including them makes it really special and they also fill the gap on the horizon where there are no rock formations.

I enjoyed all the PiPs as well..........my faves are the jagged rocks in the 2nd PiP and the Crab's carapace in the 4th and 5th PiPs.

I'm pleased that you had such a lovely time............and that you're managing to keep clear of the virus! I hope Steve's recovery is going well and that he's not overdoing things - you need to keep an eye on him!

We have our younger daughter and the grandchildren coming to stay for a few days next week. We're really looking forward to it as we haven't seen them since Xmas.

Take care and stay safe!
2 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely panorama, Janet, definitely best viewed full screen, and the contemplative feeling of it really comes through. It reminded me of this one of mine www.ipernity.com/doc/tiabunna/49598026. A beautiful accompanying series of "beach finds" too.
2 months ago.
Annemarie club
wonderful sense of freedom
Happy sunday:)
2 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
meditative for sure
2 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Panorama côtier bien composé, une série ce détails de plage parfaite ! Belles créations, Janet !
Passez une bonne semaine !
2 months ago.
RHH club
Thanks for all the comments!
2 months ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Wonderful series, Janet!
2 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
wunderschöne Strandimpressionen, Janet!
2 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Amazing and excellent series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have a nice and peaceful new week!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
These pictures are simply gorgeous, Janet. The beach looks so beautiful - the ones near me are wild like this one. We have the jagged rocks, and the lovely sand. I'm so glad that Steve has at last started to feel better. I hope that by the time you go back out again, that his legs feel so much better and he can go out for walks with you. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful pictures.
2 months ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
Beautiful series!
2 months ago.
 Ern Jacoby
Ern Jacoby club
2 months ago.

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