|red breasted nuthatch|
|chestnut backed chickadee|
|the Steller's Jay's tried and tried to reach the feeder. they finally gave up and settled for the ground pickings.|
We found the gas station (Safeway - and with our reward's points we only paid $3.50 a gallon), found the road to the Sand Dunes, the commercial fishing harbor and almost drove all the way out on the South Jetty.
|sand dunes meet the river|
|the wicked wind shapes everything here|
We found the south jetty road and started driving to the end, where the river meets the ocean. It was very very cold and windy, and despite the sun we were chilled to the bone. Next time we'll need to drag out our winter jackets for this walk. Huge waves rolled up the river and crashed into the jetty's stone walls. Signs everywhere warned us of "deadly waves". We didn't need those signs to keep us away from the edge. The road on top of the jetty was jagged, we drove for a while, but decided not to push our luck by driving all the way to the end and the crashing waves of the Pacific.
|Dave was very cold walking along the Jetty today (so was I!)|
|fog (the marine layer) would drift in and out quickly, making clear blue sky visible one moment, grey fog the next|
this is the end of the jetty, at the ocean
|a calm place to snooze|
|"You want me to drive on this road?" |
we decided that the jetty road was more than our "trail rated" jeep was up for, so we stopped right here and walked the rest of the way.
|this little ground squirrel watched, covertly, as we fought the strong winds|
|bridge on US 101 over the Suislaw River|
|view under the bridge|
|Port of Suislaw in the old town area of Florence.|
|tiny multi colored pear tomatoes and 2 Armenian Cucumbers|
|Dave had to brace himself to keep from blowing away.|
Tomorrow's another day, we'll be back with the dogs for a good long walk, this time with the proper clothing!