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Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Sunday Walk to the Beach




Some people drive to the beach. Some people drive on the beach. Oregon allows that. Strange, isn't it? Fortunately, there are few people who do. But they do leave tell-tale signs.



I can walk to this beach, at Battle Rock, the site of an early battle between early explorers and the Rogue Indians. Only two explorers remained, escaping through the woods to tell others about the natives' disposition. There are signs about this battle; but nobody is proud of the results.


Some people never leave their cars; they park and take pictures, and admire the rock formations. They never get their feet wet.





Some prefer to sit by the lakeside picnic table/a step away from the Ocean and take in the tranquillity of the lake on sunny days.




It's Sunday, and a sunny, calm day for a walk to the beach. Out of my driveway, I can walk to three different places. Each time, I'm pinching myself, incredulous of my good luck. I walk to the beach to be in the presence of a bigger source of wisdom.




This place makes me feel blessed.










61 comments:

I_am_Tulsa said...

Such gorgeous nature! You are blessed! I live 5 minutes away from a train station, so in a way, i suppose I am "blessed" too ;-)

Willow said...

My toes remember the feel of Oregon coast sand. When I was a child we would drive from Portland, visit family in Coos County, and then go camp for a few days at the campground (private) between Port Orford and Gold Beach.

Thanks for stopping by my simplicity blog. I post much more often at Willow's Cottage.

willow said...

I am suffering some severe beach envy! I'm so land locked here in the midwest. You are truly blessed. Fun pics.

PurestGreen said...

How utterly beautiful! I hope I get time to dip my feet in the Pacific when I visit B.C. next month.

Cinnamon said...

So beautiful. It makes me feel happy to know that these beautiful beaches and locations are appreciated in the way you do.

Amy said...

And, you are most certainly one to get your feet wet! Yes, you are!

trousers said...

Yet more fantastic pictures, soothing to look at - and so good to know that you don't take any of it for granted.

Nancy said...

I love the Oregon Coast! Love it!! It's wild and rugged and incredibly beautiful.

You are soooo blessed.

Delwyn said...

Hi Rosaria

I like your "I walk to the beach to be in the presence of a bigger source of wisdom..."

because that is the way I feel when I am in nature, on the beach, in the forest, or on the river...in the presence of something pretty mighty and incredulous...

aren't we fortunate...

Happy days

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Ah lovely, beautiful nature - you're well blessed!

Lyn said...

Firstly, I agree -- you are truly blessed to live in such a magical, natural setting. Secondly, I applaud you for truly appreciating and enjoying your surroundings. I too find a greater peace in the best cathedral of all -- nature. I love that you get your feet wet. It is not lost on you, that's for sure! Enjoy.

Gaston Studio said...

That's the way I feel in the presence of the ocean; contemplative.

Dave King said...

I enjoyed looking at the photographs and was fascinated by your comments. A fine post.

ellen abbott said...

The planet is a beautiful place. I could get into that, being able to walk to the beach.

Janna Qualman said...

Beautiful pictures! And I can relate to your awe and thankfulness. We in my little family are lake dwellers, which is one of the intitial reasons I was drawn to your blog (and username). I feel like we're able to raise our girls with a special sense of peace and beauty here.

Brian Miller said...

to walk on the beach with your shoes off does seem to bring you closer that source of wisdom...big smiles.

Fire Byrd said...

What a place, you're right you are blessed. Lovely sea views, you can almost feel the pull of the waves as the rush to the shore.
Wonderful
x

Helen said...

Not only blessed .... but looking quite healthy and fit!

NitWit1 said...

Lovely post and what blessing to have three choices of walking!

And I loved the quote.

May Blessings and wisdom be your reward always.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Hi
I wrote a book of short stories a year or two afo. The title, 'There's nowt so strange as folk'.
I reckon it's very true.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I can't resist sand and surf. You are blessed, the coast of Oregon is magnificent.

janis said...

So Tranquil! I want to come! Oh... I hear the waves calling my name!

Renee said...

You look beautiful Ms. Beachcomber.

Of course I love that you are the person who figured out my connection to the pictures today.

xoxoxo

potsoc said...

Thérèse and I we miss the waves and the sand and the wind. But they are far away and your dollar is spoiling our dreams of wide open sea. We used to go to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We even "enjoyed" a hurricane tail while camping out there with our, then, three youg kids. Unforgetable. Once it was all over the beach had changed and several features had moved, for three days the waves grinding the rocks made such a noise that the kids refused to walk up to the top of the dune to have a look.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

How wonderful to walk to the beach. I think you are more than a Lakeviewer. Even better, you appreciate the water. Thanks for sharing your world.

Sophia said...

What a gorgeous place! I would feel blessed to be there, too! :D

I SO want to walk on wet sand and let it squoosh between my toes.

:)

Susan said...

Good morning! We both get up too early, don't we?

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful place...our kind of place!

Renee said...

He's not home now sweets, that was written in 2006.

Love Renee xoxo

Clippy Mat said...

truly blessed to have such beauty. and lovely that you appreciate it as you do. :-)

Maggie May said...

A great place to walk.
Love the photos.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

You better feel blessed, it is wonderful. I am jealous! As for the room I posted, it is a room in a showhouse...you know where they pick the best to show all the rest of us how to do it...sad is'nt it.

lunardancer said...

I do understand why you feel blessed. Communing with mother nature could never have been more serene that taking in the beauty of this place in perfect peace(meaning away from the maddening crowd and noise of the city). Such a tranquil place makes the perfect setting for painting or writing poems and short stories.

Hit 40 said...

You are very blessed! Your beautiful pictures made me smile. I am happy for your wonderful retirement.

I am inspired to find a nice place by the beach too!! 11 more years until retirement for me. I will have 30 years in when I am 52.

sallymandy said...

Lovely!

Thanks for not forgetting me.

Diana said...

What a gorgeous place, you truly are blessed!

Looking at these photos makes me both yearn for the ocean and the west, and to want to go out and be truly grateful for this gorgeous eastern place where I now reside.

I'm in need of a dose of the wisdom you mention...time to venture out into nature....

the walking man said...

Aye, blessing and fortune are a matter of work and perception. You seem to have found both.

Meri said...

When I was young, we camped a couple of times at Oswald West State Park (Short Sands Beach) on the Oregon Coast. You had to park up along the highway and use wheelbarrows provided to cart your camping gear down the paths through the forest to the camp ground in the forest about a half mile (?) from the beach. There were tidal pools, large piles of driftwood, star fish galore. Of all the camping I was forced to endure as a kid, this was my favorite place.

Lori ann said...

I know just how you feel. That's why I go there too. The Oregon coast is very beautiful.

Sarah Laurence said...

What a gorgeous beach! I’m all for bare feet in the sand over tires. My favorite beaches are the ones that allow you to walk for miles.

Polar Bear said...

I have been reading your posts and I can see that we have similiar interests and backgrounds.
Since I spend 6 mos a year in the USA healthcare is a hot button and I share your views. I will drop by from time to time -- and am honoured that you are following my blog.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

I absolutely love Oregon. Our first trip there was in June. Every bend i the road offers a view more stunning than the one before it.

Zip n Tizzy said...

It is beautiful.
Those tire tracks remind me of driving through Oregon during Dune Fest. We didn't stop to watch, but it seems there definitely a lot of folks who like to drive on the beach!

Looks like for the most part it's quite peaceful.

Angela Recada said...

How beautiful the Oregon coast is! Such a shame that people drive on the beach, but so lovely that there are so many other ways to enjoy the glorious nature all around.

We are all blessed in some way, if we look closely enough, aren't we?

lakeviewer said...

Addendum: Oregon's waterways are public lands, all of them. There are laws in the books that go back decades stating that the public has access to all waterways. It includes the two docks on the lake on my property. If someone wanted to moor, jump off their boats and come on land, I could not prevent them for doing so.

By the same rationale, I could travel miles on the Rogue and pull off and set up tent on shore for the night, and I would be welcome anywhere.

There are stretches of dunes that allow ATV to explore and to race each other. Many youngsters get their first ATV when they are barely able to manuver the vehicle, barely looking over the steering wheel. I bet they learn to drive on those things-graduating from Big-Wheels to ATV. Of course, there are enough injuries to discourage such habits.

Officially, to rent an ATV one has to be sixteen; but there are a lot of parents who own their own vehicles and allow their young ones to have those thrills and spills. BTW, there is very little else to do for young people.

Our school board added three more sports this year just to keep our young people active and motivated year round. (All that rain can get to you.)

Thanks for visiting.

Jennifer said...

I love seeing the photos of where you live and walk. It's beautiful - I can't imagine why those would choose to sit in their cars and just look.

Sophia said...

Just stopping in to see how your week is going. Hope you have a great Friday!!

Sharon McPherson: AUTHOR / ARTIST said...

Funny how the ocean does this - gives a feeling of being in company of a greater source of wisdom. I love walking too - being urban or countryside ...

Thanks. I liked your comments on my last post - they made me smile :). You have passed some wisdom to me ... and I didn't even get to the ocean lol.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Loved your bits of wisdom and I could not agree more...thanks

Renee said...

To you I send love.

xoxox

The Things We Carried said...

Oh, it is stunning! I believe you are blessed :)! We love the coast. My husband prefers it above almost anywhere. The ocean has a magic all its own.

The Things We Carried said...

PS I have missed your blog!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

What great photos and indeed you are blessed with such beauty! I love your observation about cars - how can people come to the sea and never leave their cars! Odd!

Thanks for sharing these amazing scenes!

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

I can smell the salt air. A lovely post.

Gran said...

Great pictures! I would need to get out of my car and do some exploring.

Monkey Man said...

I love the southern Oregon coast but don't get down there very often. Thanks for sharing the photos. The bring back memories of past visits to Port Orford and Gold Beach.

Bogey said...

Any opportunity to walk along the waters edge is one worth not passing up. I feel sorry for those who are too lazy to get out of thir cars and feel the sand between their toes. Thanks for sharing your walk on the beach with us. I can just smell the fresh air.

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful walk...I'm with you...get out of the car...leave the picnic table and enjoy the space, sand, water and wind!

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

Great photos. I've never been to Oregon but I've always heard that there are some beautiful places there. Would love to visit some day.

♥ Braja said...

Beaches really are amazing aren't they? Give such a feel of peace and restoration...

m. heart said...

That is the most stunningly gorgeous beach! I must make my way out West one of these days.

Thanks for your comments on Secret Notebooks lately! Glad you stumbled upon it!