|A Throne Fit for a Sea Lover - Nye Beach, Newport, OR|
|Umpqua River Lighthouse|
|Cape Arago Lighthouse|
Oh, there were more ripe ones, but I picked them before thinking to take a photo....yum!
The Puzzle Begins
We drove to Shore Acres State Park to see the botanical gardens left from a timber baron's home. His mansion is gone, but the formal gardens and the caretaker's house is still there.
We started with the ocean viewing area because we were hearing sea lions. Instead, we were awestruck by the view. We just stood there watching the waves crash against the most unusual rock forms.
|Shore Acres State Park|
One woman walked up to us and said, "Don't you sometimes feel like you have just walked into another world?"
But, wait! Where were the sea lions? We could hear them. Maybe in a cave or in a nook? Dan usually spots them swimming, but not this time.
Hmmm.... We followed a path along the shore...no sea lions, so we decided to go see the gardens.
We have seen trees like the one below a couple of times during our travels along the NW coast. It looks like a twisted pine tree until we get close to it.
|Monkey Puzzle Tree|
The gardens are gorgeous! The Rangers do a great job of keeping up the formal gardens. I took a lot of photos. I don't want to overdo the photos so here's a sample of the pond, the roses, and the dahlias.
Yep, definitely need to upload some photos to Webshots....
Oh, and we finally found the sea lions further down the road. They were all over the rocks and some were swimming (little black spots)...:0) They were barking so loudly that it was echoing down the coast a couple of miles away!
On The Cutting Board
Done! I finished the Lotus quilt. This is not the best full-length shot, but we are in another densely shaded site. This volleyball net was nearby and almost in the sun....at least, you can see the pattern and colors.
The black binding framed the colors quite well.