Imagine a dozen sea lions playing in eight-foot ocean waves. What fun they are having! Some try body surfing the waves. Others dive down as the waves break. Most roll with the waves, lying on their back or side, flipping their flippers as if waving Hi. Now shift your gaze and watch birds flying just inches above the waves, using the air currents from the waves to lift them up and over. Nature is having a ball. That’s what we experienced today. Isn’t nature amazing?
Now join us the day before. With new friends Beck and Diane, we all carefully walk down the slippery rocks to the Tide Pools at Yaquina Head, observing tiny ecosystems that remain in the pools after the tide goes out. Starfish, sea urchins, and random neon colored sea creatures peacefully go about their lives as we hop from tide pool to tide pool.
Leaving the tide pools, let’s take the lighthouse tour. Our guide wears the same style uniform that watchmen wore 140 years ago. Takes us back in time. We gain such a perspective on life at the lighthouse: Giving tours (even back then), three families living on the lighthouse grounds, keeping the lighthouse shining brightly for the safety of ships carrying logs and other goods to market. There is always plenty to do, raising our own farm animals, and tending gardens for fresh vegetables. For a child, growing up here is great, away from the city, in such a picturesque place on the ocean coast.
Sunday morning in the small church service of eleven people, including the pastor and his wife, we meet Bill and Wanda, ages 86 and 81. Their spirit of joy is unmistakable, and what a story they share! They were each separately married 40 to 50 years, taking care of their spouses who unfortunately passed away from Alzheimers and cancer. Grieving often takes years, after which they met, realized God brought them together for a second love, and married each other. You’d think they are still on their honeymoon, after three years of marriage. Such a blessing listening to them.
After dark, we soak in the hot tub outside, while it rains. Sherry, being the adventurous gal I get to experience life with, jumps from the hot tub into the freezing pool then back into the hot tub. Wow!
Between the constant rain and soaking in the hot tub, everything is wet. So where else to go but… The RV camp Laundromat! There we meet Dana and Rick, who are drying their clothes after Rick fell in the lake fishing. Dana’s clothes must be wet too because she is running around with her bath robe on. Oh, the way we meet people is such fun! And they love to Bass fish!
Evenings we play card games or ping pong with RVers Irian, Kathy, Lee, Emod and Ann Marie. In Florence we meet Debbie, who provides us excellent massages. Sherry is not feeling well for several days now, I suspect traveling is not making it any easier for her body to heal. Prayers are much appreciated. That wraps up this week with us On Our Adventure.
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Oregon coast – love it, especially those lighthouses! November is definitely into the rainy season. Fun description of the playful sea lions!