Goodbye sunny California, Hello rainy season (is every season) Oregon. As we passed the Oregon border I felt a twinge of sadness at leaving behind all our special little spots we’d discovered over the past couple years: the hillside on which we were able to catch one of the most breathtaking sunsets I’d ever seen and where I first wore the “ yellow dress“; another hillside where I almost laid on some doggie poo because I forgot it was there, lucky for me Ty hadn’t; the woodsy area where the perfect light created some of my favorite images of myself (vain much eh?); then there was that street corner we found while taking one of our walks and behind that a neat little grove of trees where we shared a day of wedded bliss with two ladies we know and love; I could go on and on…because it’s rainy season here and when it’s rainy season it means I have lots of time to reminisce about less rainy places. =*(
On the upside, the Oregon Dunes kick some serious California hills butt!
It was a perfectly cloudy day when we dug our feet into the silky windswept sands of the spectacular Oregon Dunes. As it came into view, my face was literally pressed to the window with eyes all 0_0 when I saw the combination of sand and flourishing forests. Who was the genius behind that?! Of course it would be a woman, thank you, mother nature! It’s wondrous what happens when rock, wind, and water share a little time together.
“For nearly fifty miles of southern Oregon coastline, from the mouth of the Siuslaw to Cape Blanco at Coos Bay, the largest area of dunes in the country lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains. In places, the dunes extend 2.5 miles inland, and some are as high as 500 feet.” -duneguide
Sand can give you quite the resistance workout. We had fun hiking up the hills and even more fun coming down them! As always we had to grab a few natural light snapshots. =)
After exploring the sandy hills, we wanted to see what Oregon beaches were all about so we made another quick stop …with our lighting gear in tow this time. The beach we went to was covered with these marvelously smooth rocks that were stepping stones all the way to the ocean. We ended up using them as weights to keep the light stand in place. =D
Anyways, I’m looking forward to exploring Oregon more so stay tuned for updates! (I will keep a look out for waterfalls for you too nyab!)