Hello to all of our readers. This is Philip again. I was off-island for a week. Went with Lou Ann to the Oregon coast for a quick vacation. We had a wonderful time. As many of you know, the Oregon shore is so much different from Ocracoke. There the mountains meet the sea. Sheer cliffs drop off onto rugged beaches strewn with pebbles, rocks, boulders, and huge piles of driftwood.
We climbed on "seastacks," marveled at brightly colored starfish clinging to rocks at low tide, watched the tide crash against cliffs & find its way into sea caves, smiled at sea lions scrambling on top of one another to find a perch on a sea buoy, stared in awe as grey whales spouted and surfaced alongside our boat, walked for miles along spectacular beaches, and retired to the rest and quiet of unhurried sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.
We also climbed several miles to the crest of a ridge along the Columbia River (the view was stunning), and caught an evening performance of the Cirque du Soliel in Portland (everything about it was outstanding).
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time.
Back home (and I must say, even though the Oregon coast is fantastic, our beaches are much more "user friendly" and every bit as wonderful!) I was greeted by an unusual, but brief, hail storm. Dale took some photos:
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