Exploring Yachats area

Trip Start May 04, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2010

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

DAY'S HIGHLIGHTS - Yachats area

-      Yachats Ocean Loop Road – just outside of town on south side, the Ocean Loop Road has a pull off directly on the beach with a good viewpoint of the ocean and the town of Yachats.

      Devil’s Churn – calm water today, but the name implies that when the ocean is surly it can get wild here

      Cape Perpetua –  the highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon Coast.  We drive to the summit and take the "Whispering Spruce Trail", a loop walk along the edge of the promontory to a rock house where you can see for  70 miles of coast and 37 miles out to sea.  The path also takes you through a short walk in the forest

      Giant Spruce Trail, from campground group parking lot at the base of Cape Perpetua.  As the name implies this short path leads to a large old growth spruce tree that is worth seeking out.  It really is quite special to see a spruce this large.  We asked these two people to take our photos with the giant spruce.  We had fun talking and joking with them.  It does seem that fellow travelers here are friendly.

      Lunch at Heidi’s Italian Specialties.  From a TripAdvisor recommendation, we sought out this tiny place on Beach Street in Yachats.  As usual, Harvey and I order two dishes and share.  Today’s choice is Dungeness Crab Melt and a cod sandwich.  Stu orders the local Oysters from Winchester Bay pan fried with citrus aioli.   We succumbed to the appeal of the freshly baked peach cobbler.  At lunch there is also a choice of soups, salads and homemade desserts.  In speaking with the owner we learn that there are different seasonal lunch and dinner menus.  We like the ambience, friendliness and the food here and agree that we’ll be back!  And we do – for dinner!

      Walk north of Overleaf Lodge on Oregon Coastal Trail.  What a simple pleasure to walk this wide beach and along the coastal trail where you can see big boulders and sea weed exposed at low tide and also unusual tree formations from the high winds that must come through here at different times of the year.   There is a section where you can hear a lot of frogs calling out to one another. This is a beautiful section of the coast!  I could easily see spending time in this section experiencing it in all kinds of weather.


      Sit long, talk much, laugh often.  That’s a sign that I spot on a store door in Yachats.  It could be our motto for this trip! 

Who should walk in to Heidi’s but the people we saw on the Giant Spruce Trail!  We ask them to join us and we learn that they are taking the ashes of their mother and father to a to-be-determined resting place.    We have wonderful energy together and agree to meet again for dinner.  Our lively banter includes aging, each individual’s essence, where we will live as we age and who will take care of us.  We all agree that the bottom line is that we all need to live and go for what we want NOW.  Susan and Ashley are their names and we have new friends on a trip that is about old friends getting together!  Ying and yang.

It’s funny that my intention for Saturday is “no ordinary moments”.  What started as a very innocent request for Susan and Ashley to take our photo at the giant spruce tree turned out to be a special encounter.  I believe that our lives are full of these ordinary moments that turn out to be special in some way.  Sometimes we don’t recognize the impact of a conversation or chance encounter until sometime later – that’s one of the beauties of being open to whatever life has for us each day.

      Talking with the Heidi’s husband at Heidi’s Restaurant.  When we are paying our bill, we engage in a conversation with this very positive person who happens to have an artificial arm.  Among the many things we say to one another, he says that if he didn’t have his artificial arm he would not have ended up here working in this place with a view of the ocean that he has.  Harvey says you can’t change what life brings you but you can change your attitude. 

      As Harvey & Stu walk ahead of me on the Coastal Trail, I stop to photograph anything that captures my attention, spontaneously being taken by the landscape.  I mull over the trees bent by the wind, their adapting, flexibility…the tides, cycles, seasons…the predictability, sequence, times of life.   Life is good.  There is so much beauty!  How can I possibly capture the feelings of this place in a photograph?

      Harvey & Stu talking as they walk on the Coastal Oregon Trail north of the Overleaf Lodge.  It feels good to see them together.  Good for the soul.

      Stories- how do I love stories!  I don’t feel I’m particularly good at it, two stories from lunch – lunch conversation and owner – problem seems to be that I don’t remember what people said.  How can I get better at that?  I don’t remember the conversations, only the feelings!  Should I focus on the photos of people rather than writing up about them and our interactions?

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