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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Finally… the sun!

It’s been a rather dreary and foggy two weeks here along the Oregon coast, and I was beginning to wonder if I’d made a good choice in coming here for the summer.  It was so cold and windy at my overlook station on Sunday, that after three hours I just couldn’t stand it any more, and packed up and went home.  Of course the fact that I didn’t have any visitors in that time helped in the decision.

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            All of tonight’s pics, except the last one, are more examples of how folks enjoy Harris Beach.

Then early yesterday morning the rains started and lasted the entire day into the night.  Emma and I just hunkered down and stayed inside.  She doesn’t like the pouring rain any more than I do.

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                                       Not sure if this guy was going fishing under water or what.

Today I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish.  Last week I received an order through Amazon of a new sewer hose and water pressure regulator.  It had been so cold and icky outside that I had put off installing them. 

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Do you see what looks like a lot of scattered shells behind the couple walking their dog?  Well, they aren’t shells, they’re thousands of washed up blue sail jellyfish!

Finally, today it warmed up enough with the sun actually shining that I got that job done.  The water pressure at this state park is the strongest I’ve encountered, so I figured I’d better get that gage on before I burst a pipe or something.  I must admit though that I really liked the stronger power for flushing and showering.  I’ll see if the gage solves the crazy intermittent water leak under the rig that I’ve had. If not, I may just remove it.

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One of the state park volunteers picking up litter along the trail to the beach.  Too bad that that’s needed.

My friend, Jack the Bugman, will be visiting me next month, and I told him I’d be happy to look at the RV parks in the area and give him my opinion of them.  So Emma and I hopped in the car today to do some reconnaissance.  Seeing that July is in the middle of the busy season here, he may not be able to be too choosy.  I eliminated several places just by driving by, and stopped to talk to the folks at three different parks.  

IMG_0429The lady at one of the RV parks was very interested in Jack staying there, and really told me what a dive the neighboring place was.  I visited there too, and didn’t think it was as bad as she said.  Actually, if it were me, I’d either stay at Harris Beach State Park or the Beachfront RV Park.  Beachfront is pretty pricy, and about $20 more/night than the state park, but it’s right on the beach.  Jack, being an old Navy man, might enjoy that.  It depends on how deep his pockets are.

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This guy is not a visitor, but lives on Harris Beach.  He enjoys the beach by begging and stealing people’s food.  Winking smile

Next week, my friends Sue and Mo will be coming to stay at Harris Beach for four nights.  They’ll be bringing their new companion Rattie Mattie, the rat terrier that recently had an encounter with too much marijuana.  I’m surely looking forward to that!  Sue had warned me that I was going to be chilly here, and she was right.

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The best part about today was waking up to some actual sunshine.  I tried to capture how it lit up the very wet tree branches as it worked to burn off the fog.  Photos just don’t do justice to the magic of the early morning light.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

25 comments:

  1. Trade you 97 degrees for a little cool! Wish I knew where perfect really was.

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  2. Love the pictures and the last one is just great

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  3. Great photos again, Judy. Cool thing, it looks like the weather for next week is all sunshine and in the 70's for Harris Beach. I know there are times when you will wonder about why you are there...when that summer fog won't lift, and when the dampness gets in your bones. But then there will be the times when the sun is glorious and the light on the trees is brilliant and the air is so fresh and clean and wonderful. Just think of that part....Oregon Coast air is always always clean. Always.

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  4. Why are all of the blue sail jelly fish dying? I keep reading about mass die offs, but no reasons are given.

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  5. Even in Southern California, early summertime at the beach is usually gray and chilly. The fog blows in, then lifts for a couple of hours, then the fog blows back in. Damp and chilly ain't my idea of fun. But, when the fog goes out to sea and the sun shines and the days warm up, well, now, that IS what I'm talking about -- beautiful summer days. You've heard the saying ... that in California (maybe Oregon, too), you can freeze in the shade of a rose bush!

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  6. Wet and cold, but oh so beautiful! It's a unique experience, I think, to spend the summer on the Oregon coast. Me, I'm glad you're there and I can enjoy it from my warm, comfy couch. Oh wait. I probably shouldn't have put that part in, right? :) Love the morning light in the trees.

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  7. It is beautiful. But you have to get used to that wet and cold.

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  8. Wet and cold is my most unfavorite weather but being on the beach would make me happily bundle up to watch the changing beauty all around me. But that option isn't mine so I Love seeing it through your eyes.

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  9. One neat thing about yukky weather it gives you a whole new challenge when shooting photos... looks like you did a good job... like the last photo especially of the fog, mist and dew.

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  10. Wet and cold--yep, that would describe the Oregon coast but when that sun does shine--magic place!

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  11. I'd much rather be on the cool and sometimes rainy/foggy Oregon coast, than in the halfway-to-hell southwest! (Or even Sacramento, whose best feature is that it is usually chilly to cld at night and through the morning up to about Noon.)

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  12. The beach pictures are wonderful! Cold, dreary days sure make those peaks of sunshine special.
    Thanks for the park reviews....

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  13. The first time we visited the Oregon coast in 2009 it was cold, wet and foggy the entire time. We hated it! Then last summer we got so lucky and had nice weather almost the entire time along the coast of CA, OR and WA. We loved it! Weather sure makes a difference in your perception of a place, doesn't it?

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  14. I read Rattie Mattie's story, not as funny as it sounds, right? Good grief!

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  15. I would much prefer cool and wet then hot with a 100% humidity. Not to mention how beautiful it is there. Seen any eagles?
    Jan

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  16. There is always some kind of new challenge with your workamping jobs. Hope you have enough clothes to bundle up with. Or try some of that medical mj that's available, then you won't care about the weather... :cD

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  17. Someone told me once that the best time to visit Oregon is later in the summer. I don't care. I just want to visit. Thinking you will like whatever comes your way.

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  18. Several years ago, we volunteered at Gnat Creek Fish Hatchery near Astoria, OR. It was cold and wet, like you are experiencing. It was such a big deal when the sun finally came out, several weeks into our time there, the calendar for that day shows a great big sun. We loved Gnat Creek and the people there, but not the weather.

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    1. Astoria is a LOT colder and wetter than Brookings, Carol, thank goodness. Brookings is actually called the Banana Belt because of the warmer weather than most of the Oregon Coast. OF course, the warmest days are usually in December and January, when it can be in the high 70's. That is why we go there in the winter more often than the summer.

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  19. Thank you Miss Judy. Also doing some research at this end. Things keep disappearing in the frig.

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  20. How neat that you'll be seeing Sue and Mo ... please say hi to them both ... and tell Sue I told you to tell her to take it easy ;-)

    We had an instance in Port A when we had hundreds of Portuguese Man o' War wash up on the beach ... but certainly not in the quantities you have in that one photo.

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  21. It can be dreary and foggy on the Oregon coast!!!

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  22. Blue sail jellyfish - that must have been what I saw all over the beach at Cape Lookout too. I was wondering what those were and lord did it smell ripe! :)

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  23. Is that what I look like from the back when I am doing the same thing here at Grant Co Park?

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  24. Nice post.Thanks for sharing this in your blog

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