Monday, September 10, 2012

A Walk in the Park (Florence, OR)

I'm still not done with Newport.  Before we left, we planned to walk Beaver Creek State Natural Area.  I was hoping to see a Green Heron or two, but I guess I'll have to wait for another day to see one.  This is a good birding area, but the wetland trail is seasonal and now was not a good time.  The trail was muddy and flooded.  I did manage to see a couple of birds during the short time we were there.
I saw one Cedar Waxwing sitting at the top of a pine tree.
This little guy started following me down the trail.  I must have been close to a nest, but he wasn't making a lot of noise about it just keeping his eye on me.
 At one point, he came down to eye level and just across the trail from where I was standing.  He seemed very curious...

A little disappointed that we could not walk the trail, we stopped by Ona Beach State Park and walked along the river.  There were quite a few Chickadees hopping around in the pine trees.   
Of course, trying to get a good photo of them was quite a challenge.
We spent one day driving east of Newport on Hwy 20 then southwest on Alsea Hwy 34.  We were looking for more covered bridges.  We found two: Chitwood Bridge and Harris Bridge.  We made several stops along the way to see the river and parks.

By the way, the bushes in front of the above bridge are very ripe blackberries.  We picked a lot of them.  They were so ripe that the ones in the bottom of the little baggie we put them in had turned to mush by the time we got home.  So sweet and delicious!  My fingers were dyed purple from picking them!

I'm slowly getting caught up with all my online items.  I still have a lot of emails to answer and blogs to visit, but I'm getting there.

On The Cutting Board
In between our road trips and moving, I have finished appliquéing the petals onto the lotus quilt and all the quilting has been done.  Now, I'm ready to start the binding.  The more I work on it the more I like it.  The colors are bright yet soothing.
 Well, I better get started on the binding...
Happy Quilting!


  1. thanks for commenting on my blog. it's good to meet you :)
    i have a friend who sold their house and is traveling around the u.s. as you are. it must be so freeing.
    i like to quilt also although i only do it every so often.
    this is my latest

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I did visit to see your quilt. Wow! It is amazing! Thank you for the link.

  2. Your nature shots are always beautiful! Love the first chickadee shot and the blackberries sound so good!

  3. Those covered bridges are wonderful! We have three of them not far from our home and we never get tired of snapping photos of them.

    Adorable bird! I especially like the 3rd pic where he looks like he is really checking you out to see what you're all about, LOL! What a sweet little companion to follow you down the trail!

    1. Thank you Ugly Barn Farm. I got the same feeling that he was wanting to know who I was and what was I doing.

  4. Hi Sandy, I've just found your lovely blog through Sweet Posy Dreams. We have several things in common - quilting, cats and a motorhome. Looking forward to reading all about your travels - I love those covered bridges. I would love it if you would pop over to my blog. Maggie xx

    1. Thanks for stopping by and following me! I will be visiting you soon! I can't wait to see your quilts.


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