New Year’s Day 2012 at the Oregon Coast

We headed down to Pacific City, OR to celebrate New Year’s. Yesterday was as beautiful as it gets at the coast in January – a bit chilly, a bit windy, and a lot sunny.

Kendall in tracking mode. She's sure there's a horse around here somewhere.
The wind was blowing through her hair.
Having fun at the beach.

This was a big day for Kendall. She was allowed off leash on the beach for the very first time. She tends to get very sidetracked when she sees a bird or a squirrel and doesn’t always come when called. There weren’t many people on the beach, so we let her run a little bit. She kept tabs on us, and we didn’t let her get too far.

A beautiful day at the Oregon coast.
Digging in the sand.
Look what she found!
A sandy face and an even sandier mouth. Yuck.

As soon as we saw the horses the leash went back on. She barks at llamas, and I’m not sure how she’d behave around horses.

The leash needed to be put back on when the horses entered the picture.
Until next time...

What a great way to start the new year.

We’re back!

I bet you thought we fell off the face of the Earth. I made it back from Dallas and then things got busy. We headed to the Oregon Coast for Thanksgiving and rented a great house about a block from the beach. There was a huge storm during the days before Thanksgiving that closed some of the roads to the coast due to downed trees and flooding. The storm also blew the sand around quite a bit so that it looked like snow drifts up against the houses on the beach.

Drifted sand due to the storm
Kendall checking out the sand drifts

It poured down rain most of the day on Thanksgiving. It was raining so hard it looked like it was coming down in sheets. Right after dinner, the skies cleared and we were able to go for a walk on the beach without being blown away.

The beach at Pacific City, OR

There were still storms out at sea, so the waves were big. You have to be careful not to turn your back on the ocean, especially on days like this. You never know when a sneaker wave is going to come in and sweep you off your feet. It happens way too often here.

Watching the ocean

There’s a dune at the end of the beach in Pacific City where you can climb to the top.

Giant dune at Pacific City
Randomly placed logs in the sand
Daily visitors

There were a number of deer that strolled through the neighborhood each day. They looked right at home, and they weren’t scared of us at all. Kendall loved watching for them in the window.