Florence and running down the dunes in Honeyman

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

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Sunday, May 9, 2010


-      Old & new Florence.  On Highway 101, as we enter Florence it seems as if it is one strip of stores after stores.  If you take a broad look at it,  it’s cluttered and non-descript and could be in any town in the U.S.  Stu guides us to the old town of Florence and the contrast was immediate.  Small shops and restaurants on the river.  No chains.  Charming.  What a contrast between the old and new areas of town!

We eat at the Restobar and meet our waitress Tracy.  She has been waitressing for 40 years and assures us that she knows surly.  With a smile on our faces, she assures us that she knows how do deal with the likes of Harvey’s kidding.  She shares a few stories of mother’s day and her kids.  Tracy brings us over 2 tulips for Susan & I.   Over lunch, each of us at sometime spoke about our mothers – it felt good to say some things out loud and for others to hear.  Why is that?

At our table there were three orders of oysters.  Heidi’s from Yachats wins, but these are quite good.  Harvey & I share an olive, garlic and basil cheese pizza, which although it is not on the menu they agree to make for us graciously.  Exploring/experiencing/Discovering what is unique to this area from a food perspective.

      Sand dunes at Honeyman State Park.  How cool is it to see the ocean, sand dunes and a fresh water lake all in one vista?  Contrast and juxtaposition.  Sand dunes and  blooming shrubs (the invasive species called Scotch Broom).  Flat ocean and high dunes.  Reminded me of how important contrast is in my life.  Although I like the city, I need time in nature at places without many people.  I probably wouldn’t be happy living in a rural location.  Contrast is good.  Appreciate and notice the beauty and advantages of each through their contrast. 

Harvey announces on the way back that it’s been about 2 hours since eating and he’s feeling better.  What a relief.  It would seem that he does have a bacterial infection of some kind and it’s not viral.  Glad that we got the prescription medicine on Friday and didn’t have to deal with this on Mother’s Day, a holiday and a Sunday.


      Sitting by the water this morning.  On my photography teacher’s blog, JP Caponigro, he suggests that before taking photographs that we spend a little time writing.  Nouns, verbs (minimum 50), and what’s going on inside – any associations and emotions that are triggered.  At a loss for words,  I keep pushing but can’t find the words in my mind.  But the inquiry, the question, triggers more awareness and I start to notice more in my environment.  I get excited and reach for my camera before I can start the inquiry of "what’s going on inside". 

      On our way to see the dunes at Honeyman State Park, we stop off at the Fred Myer supermarket and right next to the parking lot are sand dunes!  There is a fence there, as if they are trying to stop the sand dunes from spreading into the parking lot.  Futile?

      Wide open spaces of Honeyman State Park.  Lying in the fine sand.  The “boys” ran down the dunes back to the car.  Fun.
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