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Humbug Mountain State Park

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Craggy Shore Scene at Humbug Mountain State Park Beach (+7 insets!)

Craggy Shore Scene at Humbug Mountain State Park Beach (+7 insets!)
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Injuries on the Road
I mentioned that just before our trip, Steve hurt his knee and ankle and was forced to rest his leg. It took a lot longer for his injuries to heal because he needed to be up and around to tend to various trailer/truck jobs, but once he finally became a "potato", his body responded rapidly and within a week he was much better, and by the end of the trip he was able to resume most of his mobility. Wisely, we took it very slowly and it paid off. He still has a bit of soreness and stiffness from time to time but for the most part he's completely healed.

As for me…about a week from the end of our trip I noticed that my right foot was a little sore on the top and also a bit on the bottom. It felt like one of those times your foot hurts oddly and then it goes away inexplicably. Only, this time it didn't go away. Since I thought it was just that routine soreness that happens once in a while, I ignored it. After a few days I couldn't deny that a) it wasn't going away and b) it was getting worse, to the point of actual pain.

I couldn't imagine what I'd done to hurt my foot--no hard impacts, trips, falls, or obvious accidents. Nothing landed on it and I didn't twist it. That's why I'd initially ignored the slowly-increased ache. But it became obvious when I couldn't walk without a limp that I'd certainly done something to my foot and I'd better start focusing on healing.

A Very Slow Recovery
Unlike Steve's injuries, however, my foot didn't respond as well. I admit that I did use it more than I should have *shame-face*…I limped my way on a slow 3-mile macro photo walk the day before we came home and it was very annoyed with me by the time I got back to the trailer. Thus, I barely felt any improvement by the time we'd gotten home. Then I spent umpteen hours back and forth from the trailer to the house unpacking, etc., and that certainly didn't help whatsoever.

It was only when I'd finished my necessary trailer-house activities that I finally began to feel some improvement. I've been a proper (couch) potato whenever possible, keeping my foot elevated and being very careful to stay off my foot unless necessary. Now, in the week before we leave, the soreness has mostly abated and I'd say I'm at about 80-85% healed.

So what the heck happened? I did some reading and it turns out I most likely have an "overuse injury," along with a minor fracture somewhere in my foot and with some pulled ligaments caused by compensation. This injury is not all that uncommon in high-impact sports or dancing such as ballet. The strange thing is that I haven't been all that active during our trip. I purposely haven't gone overboard but apparently my foot felt otherwise.

Anyway, I'll continue to take it easy and hopefully by the time we're off on our next trip I'll be back to normal, though I will certainly be very careful to baby my foot for a while. Just because it doesn't hurt does not mean it's 100%. So cross your fingers that I am successful at achieving completely healed foot!

Today's Pictures: Another Set From Humbug Mountain State Park Beach!
What a lovely, serene experience it was to visit this wonderful beach. Who doesn't love a secluded beach experience without hordes of people?! The wind was pretty fierce later in the day but when I visited earlier in the day it was just blissful! :)

The main picture is a view of the jagged rocks tumbling into the sea from the left side of the beach. I shared a similar picture in my last set of pictures but this one is a panorama and shows a flock of seagulls who were relaxing there. I stood and watched them for a bit as they cleaned their feathers, pecked at the seaweed and walked around. It was nice to share this scene with them on such a lovely morning.

Insets include…
1) With focused determination, a little girl marches with intent to the edge of the water…
2) A super-wide panorama shows the lovely coast from the other direction shows a darling little girl running to join her sister who is digging in the wet sand…
3) The pair of girls crouch together as a nestled pair with the magnificent coastline in the background. They would soon stand up and return to the sand castles and moat they were working on and I got to watch surreptitiously through my Sony's wonderful zoom lens.
4) A still life starring a lovely bull kelp with its characteristic gas-filled bulb (this is called a pneumatocyst) and large, flat blades; this is an edible seaweed which can grow as large as 120 feet long!! On the right is a different kind of seaweed in lustrous green.
5) Another natural still-life with a strongly-textured rock and an open mussel shell that looks like angel wings
6) Monkey Flowers grow lushly alongside the magnificent driftwood in Brush Creek, which empties into the ocean near the left side of Humbug Mountain State Park beach.
7) The driftwood and Monkey Flowers were so beautiful, adorning Brush Creek as it flowed out to the sea.

Thanks to all of you for your visits, comments and stars! I hope that you all have a safe and wonderful week!

Explored on 8/4/20; highest placement #6.

Fred Fouarge, sunlight, Jadviga Grase, Ronald Losure and 33 other people have particularly liked this photo

29 comments - The latest ones
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
A well composed photograph, Janet. The craggy rocks look very imposing and create a great textural and colour contrast with the sand. The gulls add the ideal foreground interest. I love the dynamism of the waves breaking on the shore. All the best, Joe
2 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent shot Janet.
Stay safe and thankyou for posting to FFF.
2 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
a wonderful serie and panoramics, sorry about your foot and Steve hurts, have you had an xray? , I´m cardiologist but if you think you don't overuse your foot and problem persists, maybe a check is a good choice to explain why happen.
2 months ago.
uwschu club
sehr schöne Serie , Janet
2 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, such a nice place to be, Janet ******************
2 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A beautiful coastline-view, Janet !
2 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Une superbe série ! Reposez bien votre petit pied Janet on en a besoin toute sa vie pour continuer à avancer .....
2 months ago.
cammino club
A very impressive series. Stunning beachscapes and beautiful finds. I hope that you and your husband are healthy again and can really enjoy the beautiful nature there.
2 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
Craggy Shore? I prefer Cragganmore ;-))))))
good series!
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A stunning main image Janet............I love the light especially where it's reflected on the water and wet sand. The contrasting rock formations are very impressive as is the wave action. I also like all the sea birds in the foreground. Great work.

Another superb set of PiPs. My faves are the 2nd and 3rd PiPs with those magnificent coastal landscape images. It's good to have the people in shot for scale. The 2nd PiP is particularly impressive.

I also like the last two PiPs. They both have a great combination of textures and colours and you've captured the fine detail perfectly.

Glad to hear Steve's health is almost back to normal and that your mysterious foot injury seems to be on the mend.

Have a good week.
2 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A wonderful coastal image Janet. Don't read medical books just blame it on the advancing years !!
2 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Magnífico trabajo, paisaje hermoso, moluscos que parecen cobrar vida, troncos de árboles que muestran en sus arrugas las huellas del tiempo y niña que recuerda a mi nieta.
2 months ago.
Boro club
2 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Magnificent coastal shots! Stay well!

Admired in:
2 months ago.
 Lee & Luv
Lee & Luv club
Very beautiful light.
2 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Belle capture de cette côte rocheuse avec de belles compositions dans vos encarts ! J'aime beaucoup les 3 premiers avec la présence des enfants devant l'immensité du paysage ! Les natures mortes sont sublimes !
Bonne journée, Janet !
2 months ago.
Ruth club
What a wonderful place Janet, excellent shot.
2 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
les notes font rever !!
2 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
2 months ago.
neira-Dan club
Une plage pleine de vie !!
2 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Excellent series with true jewels of nature, Janet!
2 months ago.
Annemarie club
wonderful also the insets
2 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
nice Scenes alltogether,
thanks Janet (also for your "recovery")
2 months ago.
annaig56 club
de magnifiques photos, c'est si beau la mer et ses trésors
2 months ago.
RHH club
Beautiful coast and lovely photos, Janet. Your photos capture the "spirit" of the Oregon coast and its incredible beauty. It is impossible to find a place along the coast that isn't beautiful, though some are too crowded. I can't remember if we stopped there - I don't think so - but we stopped at so many places that I may have forgotten.

That you are both suffering from injuries isn't nice. Sounds though as if some R & R is doing a world of good. Didn't notice it much while we were hiking but since being home my left knee is bothering a bit. Have a brace on it and hopefully it will improve. Mostly sitting around since it's so hot, so at least I'm not using it very much.

Heard that a cousin of mine and his family in Colorado all have covid. Apparently it was brought in by her mother who had been exposed and didn't know it. A few others we know think they had it before the whole scare started, but that's hard to prove now without testing. Our neighbor lady across the street is one of them.

I can't say I'm scared of it, but do wonder if I would survive it with all my past health issues. Ah, well, we do the best we can to follow the regulations and are mostly home anyway. Our pastor was exposed and so we did not have church services last Sunday. We watched a service at home. Haven't heard that he or his family have tested positive.

On another note, we haven't seen Neal for getting five months. Miss him dreadfully but he's been quite patient about it, though he had a bad day Sunday. He was uncooperative and difficult to deal with, but at least he did not go completely off the rails. His cottage is still under a complete lockdown since a staff tested positive.

Enough of that horrifying subject. When are you leaving for your next trip? Hope all the preparations and fine-tuning go well. One gets a bit tired of just sitting around the house. That's why we did so much hiking, at least early on in the crisis. Had to laugh at the link for a van shower you sent, at least I think you meant it as a joke.

I don't think we'll install that or the solar panels, but we have thought about doing something with the inside of the van along the lines of what they did - a low platform with drawers and sleeping space underneath. At present we just move things around, to the front seats when we sleep in the back, but that bother could be eliminated.

Not much else. All the best.
2 months ago.
trester88 club
Was für eine wunderbare Bucht. Großartige Serie, Janet!
2 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely beach image and associated PiPs, Janet. Yes, as I've found with Pauline's illness, very careful reference to Dr Google can be very useful: it's good that keeping your foot rested is likely to be the answer for your foot.
2 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a fantastic place to visit. The children look so happy there. The scenery is amazing and I'm not in the slightest surprised that you want to return there. Your photos are fantastic as usual.

As for your foot problem. Please take care of yourself, the last thing you want to happen, is for you to have to stay at the RV while Steve goes out and about!!!!! Maybe you'd damaged your foot at one time many years ago, and you have re-damaged the same thing. So please take care of yourself. Believe me - I'm a prime example. When I was in my early 20's I had an accident and damaged my back - I was told that when I got older I would suffer back problems, well I'm now older and they were right. So take care sweetie.
2 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Excellent series, Janet!
2 months ago.

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