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Apr 262017
 

When traveling along an ocean you’re never too far away from an old lighthouse.  At one point I’m sure they were quite useful and necessary.  These day, I wonder if they’re used at all.  I mean don’t all ships have gps by now?  I don’t really know, but I do know I’m glad they’re still around.  They add a certain charm and elegance to the scene.  They bring a sense of place and history.  I’m attracted to that kind of thing.  Whenever I’m on a coastal jaunt I always seek them out.  This one’s in central Oregon.

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Dec 072015
 

There’s something about watching young kids playing and having fun.  Maybe it reminds me of times gone by and my own youth.  Or spending those countless hours watching my own kids make their own play.  Or times spent now watching my grandkids play.  Maybe it’s the ever constant flow of time and life that touches my awareness and helps me to realize and appreciate with gratitude the beauty of life.  What a ride we have here.  It reminds me to play more and enjoy the time we do have on Earth.

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Feb 252015
 

And you thought golfing didn’t include exercise.  Walking the Old Macdonald course at the Bandon Dunes complex along the Oregon coast sure does.  We were lucky there was no wind this day or it would’ve been tougher.  But, walking through the barren dunesland of this golf course, named for the famous architect C.B Macdonald, is a real treat.  The sloping hills, the gorse, sand and the ever present Pacific Ocean just over the ridge.  This is no barnyard stroll.

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Aug 272014
 

These guys are the real thing.  No need to go to the Sahara.  It’s possible to wander for hours if you have the urge without the added fret of getting hopelessly lost.  Head west too far and you’ll run into the Pacific Ocean.  Head east too far and there’s Highway 1.  It’s just so quiet and seemingly remote when walking around if you enter at the right place.  Sometimes all that’s heard is the distant sound of the ocean.  What’s left is the exercise of walking in the sand.  Hard work but worth it.

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Jul 212014
 

Walking around Portland is easy.  No hills to speak of and a wonderful trail that travels all along Waterfront Park above the Willamette River, which travels through the city on its way to the Columbia and the Pacific Ocean.  You can walk along one side of the river, cross one of the many Portland bridges, walk along the other side, only to cross another bridge to get back to your starting point.  It also provides a good starting point to further explore some of the gem locales of the beautiful city.

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Jul 052014
 

There’s nothing like golf at the Bandon Dunes golf complex on the southern Oregon coast.  It now consists of 4 championship courses and one par 3 course with an amazing practice facility.  But the real treat is going there with a bunch of friends, taking it all in, enjoying the golf and camaraderie.  I snuck away one evening as the sun was going down and I had too much to drink and wandered around the course with my camera and tripod.  No body else around.  Just me and the golf course, wind and ocean.

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Aug 232013
 

Portland, Oregon is loaded with bridges.  I guess when a river runs through town there needs to be plenty of them.  I spent an evening wandering down one side of the Willamette River, crossing a bridge and continuing on the other side.  That way I could cross as many bridges as my feet would carry me while, at the same time, enjoying the sights and sounds of a beautiful city.

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Apr 072013
 

No, this isn’t Scotland or Ireland.  Bandon Dunes is an incredible golf complex on the southern Oregon coast.  Built on top of the sand dunes that proliferate this part of the coastline, it is a pristine and jaw-dropping place for those who enjoy the sport.  I was there in mid February with 7 others.  After one of our rounds I grabbed my tripod and camera and snuck away from all the 19th hole activity to wander the course at sunset.  Wow!  Just me and an empty golf course and the roar of the Pacific Ocean.  The Oregon coast in mid February could easily be blowing and raining… but here on the 6th hole was a gentle breeze and a clear sky.

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Feb 172013
 

I just got back from Oregon.  Didn’t have the opportunity to make as many images as I usually do, but at other times I have.  The whole coast is an incredible place to explore.  Seems like every few miles is a state park.  Lots of little towns and beaches and rivers running to the sea and bridges and jetties and sand dunes and haystack rocks rising out of the Pacific Ocean.  The beauty is endless.  This particular beach is in the south between Coos Bay and Brookings.  A great place to stop and stroll; especially when the tide’s out, like this, and you can get out a ways and take in the sea breeze, ocean and sand.

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Dec 172012
 

If you know where this bridge leads to please speak up.  I’m sure it goes somewhere, but where.

Coastal Oregon along Hwy. 101 is not all about the pacific ocean.  On the eastern side of the road is just as interesting and scenic.  Although you may have to take a little side road for a mile or so.  But, it’s always well worth it as much of the coastline is filled with interesting lakes and rivers and bridges.  This one is between Florence and Coos Bay.

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