Driving west, we came to the Pacific coast around 5 o'clock and looked for a hotel on the beach. Under blue skies, we went right out and walked along the beach for awhile.
I picked up these mussel shells and rocks to show the grandchildren. I found the rocks with the holes in them so fascinating as it looked as though the holes had been machine drilled. However there were so many on the beach we knew that it was the power of the waves that did the boring.
We found a great place for supper and indulged in fresh fish for supper while watching the tide come in.
After supper it was back to the beach to enjoy the setting sun. Breathtakingly beautiful and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore was so restful.
The next day we drove south as far as Florence, stopping to take lots of pictures and to visit the famous sea lion caves. .
As promised, it was a gorgeous day and we enjoyed the scenery topless again.
We found a hotel in the early afternoon and then went looking for adventure. We found it at the Sand dunes where we rented ATV's.
Now I was a little out of my comfort zone - I'm usually uncomfortable on the BACK of an ATV. But I gave it a try and tried at least to look as though I knew what I was doing. It was alot of fun, I must say.
The next morning it was raining - hard. But we headed north with Canon Beach as our destination. Even under heavy skies, the coastline is beautiful.
At Canon Beach we again looked for a hotel on the beach. The first one we went to wanted over $400.00 / night for one room! Finding that a bit rich for our pocketbooks we turned into the next road to a weathered group of buildings advertising rooms. We found ourselves a gem of a place.
From the Master Artist's Canvas -
'Still Lifes' embedded in the sand after the tide retreated.