The most exciting thing about being in a new place is exploring! Exploring on foot is the best way to learn about a place and experience the landscape (and the weather.) Some things I’ve experienced here: walking up and down hills a lot; cold, damp days- they make you really appreciate the sunny ones; building roaring fires in my wood stove (last night was my best one yet); keeping track of the tides; identifying plants… These are all things currently on my mind.
1. Climbing Hills:
Went on a hike with Melanie Berry, a local who has lots of knowledge about the history and ecology of the Oregon Coast. During the hike, we were able to go out to Thumb Point, a little hill that sticks up and out, overlooking the ocean:
2. The ebb and flood of the Salmon River:
Last weekend was sunny and warm, California weather. I went kayaking in the estuary on Saturday and Sunday. The sun really changes this place, as you can tell from the photographs. I love the colors of the estuary in sun:
The rain came back yesterday and hasn’t stopped. During this time, I’ve been volunteering with the Nature Conservancy. I guess I picked a fine time to help clear trails and invasive species! Just another way of experiencing the weather, I guess…