Endless Sea


Selected as the Sierra Club’s Daily Ray of Hope on June 24, 2014 with the following quote:

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
~ Henry David Thoreau




Thankful Everyday – The Fourteenth

14.  I’m thankful for the water around me.  Whether it’s clean drinking water, a warm shower, snow, a lake to kayak in, a pool to swim in, ice for my drink, a river to fish in, rain, or an ocean to be amazed at I am so grateful and thankful for all it’s lovely forms.  I’m a water girl.  I learned to swim at a young age and have spent many hours near or on the water creating memories with family and friends.  It’s a gift and a blessing I appreciate whole heartedly and don’t take for granted.  I’m lucky, and thankful, it’s so readily available to me.  I know others don’t have it so lucky.


Peter Iredale


Peter Iredale, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

A quick shot of the Peter Iredale as we sped toward the “exit”. Pretty cool.

Here Clammy Clammy Clammy


Here Clammy Clammy Clammy, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We limited yesterday… thanks to the fine professional stylings of our very knowledgeable and fast digging comrades. You guys rock. Or maybe I should say… you guys clam.

Clam Diggers


Clam Diggers, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Here are the very stylish looking clam diggers. Total bounty hunters. Faster than a speeding clam. Are you all just clamoring for me to stop?

The Inn

The Inn, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Not sure what the purpose of these sticks was/were. Interesting though. One never knows what one might see when one walks on the beach. (LOL  That sentence just cracked me up.  When did I get so proper?)

Log Roll

Log Roll, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Uh, from the last entry… that would be last Friday afternoon, the 10th. Our anniversary is actually the 9th, but we really couldn’t take it off work as well. Have to save up that time off for trips to England and Chicago and visits with the kids. It’s OK though… we did go out to dinner last Thursday night to celebrate. Had some terrific Vietnamese food at Silk. Nice.


Perched, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather Friday afternoon in Lincoln City. It was lovely. And warm. Great weather for a long stroll along the beach.

Shell Shocked

Shell Shocked, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

This is an old one, but since tomorrow is the first day of spring, I’ve been thinking about warmer weather and sun.

Took this with a Canon PowerShot SD500 in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2006. I can almost feel the warmth of the sun.

Basalt Beach

Basalt Beach, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Nap Time

Nap Time, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Down on the basalt beach at Yaquina Head you can get a good look at some of the local residents who sometimes, in turn, get a good look at you.

Taking Off

Taking Off, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

While in Newport we drove out to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and then wandered down to the cool basalt beach there.

Rip Tide

Rip Tide, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Walking the docks in Newport, Oregon.

Tied Up

Tied Up, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We took a little jaunt to the historic old bay front in Newport, Oregon. The bay front is actually still a working fishing port. For a time, besides wandering the shops, we walked on the docks looking at all the various fishing boats. Some of them were pretty cool. It’s fascinating to think of a life working at sea.


Luminous, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Can’t you just feel those negative ions flowing at you from this photo? They are strong… mighty… and completely relaxing.

Frolicking on the Beach

Frolicking on the Beach, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Weston loves the beach… soft sand, lots to sniff, and freedom to run. He was on his lead in this photo, but actually got to be off it a few times to which he said woo whoooo. And yeah, I’m sure that’s what he said….

Surfin’ Safari

Surfin’ Safari, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The waves weren’t really all that high, but these guys were giving it their best shot before taking this little break.


Liquid Light, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Lincoln City, Oregon.

Taken with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

A Look From Inside

A Look From Inside, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We spent the entire voyage across the Juan de Fuca Strait outside in the front of the ferry because Weston was allowed on deck, but not inside. However, sometimes a girl has to go in for a brief, uh, rest. Out there in the very front, or bow, of the ship you can see tiny figures… those would be Karen, Mary, Martin, and Weston.

Leaving the Harbor

Leaving the Harbor, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The morning of Wednesday, June 25, we headed down to the ferry dock and boarded for our trip across the Juan de Fuca Strait to Port Angeles, Washington. From there we headed home, with stop at the McMenamin’s Olympic Club in Centralia for a bite of lunch. The drive home was made pretty enjoyable by the playing of the name this band game. I was the moderator. I put on a play list from my iPod and the other three had to guess the artist. I gave bonus points on some songs for knowing which movie the song was used in or what band the artist might have fronted in the past. Mary was the run away winner, leaving poor Karen and Martin behind. They have both vowed to best her the next time we play.

Leaving and Arriving

Leaving and Arriving, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Later Tuesday morning we ventured out with Mary and Martin to grab some breakfast at a local bagel place and then walk around a bit more in the city. We found ourselves walking across the Johnson Bridge and then around the harbor. Sea planes are very common here. Every time we were down by the harbor we saw several come and go.

Rock Climber

Rock Climber, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Weston was quite the rock climber during this trek. Poor guy, he had to be on his leash on the Juan de Fuca trail, but he was a trooper and did amazingly well.


Pools, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We had to be careful walking around on the rocks… one miss step and you’d end up in a four foot pool. Kind of looked like the moon… with water.

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

As we wandered along the trail of Juan de Fuca we eventually made it to the Botanical Beach. This place was amazing. There were huge pools sunken in the rock. Some several feet deep and loads of wild life living in these pools. Pretty spectacular and like nothing I’d ever seen.