Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween by the Sea

Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate this holiday!  This is the first time in my memory that we haven't been home or close to home on this day.  I want to wish my beloved younger sister DENISE a Happy Birthday today!  I took my bouquet of chrysanthemum in my rusty pumpkin bucket out for a photo shoot.  :-)

On Wednesday, my sister Denise arrived for a visit and so did my "Best-Friend-From-7th-Grade" Shirley and her husband John.  We all visited in the caravan for a while, then headed out for lunch together.  Buddy enjoyed having new laps to sit on.  :-)

This was our lunch destination, I'd been wanting to try it for years.  It's located right across from the fishing boat harbor, the fish here is *fresh*!

Shirley, John and Denise.  We had a fun lunch!

I had coconut prawns with yakisoba noodle and veggies.  Yum.

After lunch we took a walk along the boardwalk by the fishing boat harbor, we heard a bunch of sea lions barking and wanted to get a closer look.  Denise fell in love with this cute little boat and urged me to get a photo.

Aha, the source of all the noise.. a sea wall of large boulders was covered with sea lions.  Orrr Orrr Orrr!

Then a loop around to get a shot of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.. if you've been a reader of this blog for a while, you may recognize some of the next photos.  But if you're like me.. and I think you might be.. you won't mind seeing them again.  LOL!

The sea, the jetty, some dunes and the tortured trees of an ocean hillside.

Some history for you - if you want to see this image bigger, just click on it.

They have a pull-out in a perfect spot for a great photo of Yaquina Bay Bridge - I love how there is fog on the other end of the span.

Driving around and under the bridge we come to the attractive US Coast Guard Station that keeps an eye on the bay and ocean here.  

Curving down in the the Historic Bay Front where Mo's began.  

And then down to the fishing boat yard for one of my favorite snaps of the bridge and the boats.

There were many fishermen in the yard working on getting their crab traps ready for the season which begins in a month.  I love those colorful buoys!

Denise and I walked down to another gathering spot of the sea lions, on some docks near the boardwalk.  It is funny to watch them.  One had his head on another one and he kept rubbing his head along the one underneath, who every few minutes would arch up and growl and bark at him, then lay back down, at which point the one on top would begin rubbing his head on the other one.. and on and on.  Goofy creatures.  This one was blissfully swimming about.

A photo of the sea lions on the rocks from the other side.  Orrk orrrk oorrrk!

Denise spent the night on Wednesday at the Looking Glass Inn in Taft, then came to visit for a while and then we all took off for lunch and adventuring.  We drove back down to Newport and had intended to try a new place called "Saffron Salmon" in the old bay front - but it was closed.. so we walked across the street and had lunch at Ocean Bleu.  Then we browsed in an art gallery next door and then on to a quilt shop and... and some ice cream.  :-)  We then drove through a charming small community right next to our RV park called Bella Beach.  Denise showed us a cute little coffee house and bakery that we didn't even know was there!  I loved this group of different colored houses in a row.

I'm working away on the little hat for Ella, my nephew's adorable little girl.  I hope to drop it off before we leave for home.

Today is **BEAUTIFUL**, with sun and blue skies and puffy clouds and a shower and then sun.. wonderful crazy gorgeous Oregon ocean weather.  :-)

To the left, clouds, to the right, sun.. and the wonderful blue green Pacific Ocean.

To the sea...

Last night we met some of our friends from the Friends of Multnomah Falls, Joanne and Dan, they were down for a beach trip too and so we had dinner at Surfrider Hotel.  They have a great view and the food was delish.  We chatted and enjoyed each other's company for quite some time.  We've had so much fun with friends and family this week!  Today we're just relaxing and I'm going to work on that little hat, then off to find a bowl of chowder somewhere.  I wonder if we'll get any trick-or-treaters here?  Home tomorrow.  What a neat week!  I hope you have a great weekend!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Oh such lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them. I so loved seeing the ocean. :) Those little houses are so cute, too. Wishing you a most lovely day sweet friend.

  2. Fabulous photos Teresa. The one with the misty bridge is OUTSTANDING. My jaw dropped.
    It's nearly 8pm here and we are having LOADS of cute trick or treaters knocking. It's a U.S custom I'm glad we have picked up....such fun.
    Jacquie x

  3. Happy Halloween, Teresa! Love your pumpkin bucket filled with flowers! Loved all your wonderful pictures, the coastal scenery is so gorgeous and the painted houses are my favourite kind! So glad you are having happy relaxing times there and visits from family and friends to enjoy too. And the camper looks so cosy with Buddy there and lots of lovely crochet!
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  4. So much fun to follow your adventures, Teresa! I love the sunshine shining through from time to time, too. It is still cloudy/raining here but colorful leaves are pretty in the rainy weather, too. Have been out getting oil changed in the car, and busy with the kids but my next post is started :) Now I am off to meet my daughter at the pool [she is walking in the water and may have surgery on her hip at end of December]. So glad you all are having a great time! Have safe travels home. xx

  5. Such beautiful photos a real delight looking at them, the sea lions are amazing. Have a wonderful Halloween.

  6. Happy Halloween You TWO! What a busy week and so much company! Loved the crap traps photo and the darling sea lion taking a relaxing swim! The Pacific ocean is so beautiful and the skies are always so stunning. (both extremes) Take care and so happy you are having and had such a great time away, xoRobin BOOOOOOOOğŸŽƒ

  7. What a beautiful and yummy week. Happy Birthday to Denise, she shares the day with my oldest son. I think Halloween Birthdays are fun.
    Hugs to you and safe trip home.

  8. Happy Halloween to you too Teresa!!!! And that is such a happy halloween flower bucket!!! Your camper looks just so homey with all the lovely crochet cushions and blankies!!!! It looks like a perfect holiday spot!!! Enjoy your weekend!!!

  9. Isn't this a great time to visit the coast.
    Love the Yaquina Bay Bridge photo with the fog - so Fall looking!
    You all sure do find the nicest places to eat. That shrimp dish looked so good - YUM!!!
    Have a safe drive home.
    Happy Halloween!!!

  10. Amazing photos as usual Teresa :) My favourites are the ocean ones, and the one of the bridge :) Hope you have a great weekend

  11. What a fab way to spend Halloween!


  12. Wow, what a beautiful place... and it looks like you're having a wonderful time!


    PS LOVE that you took the mums in a bucket out for a photo op :)

  13. It has been raining cats and dogs since you left. The beach weather is so alluring.
    I grew up summering at Newport - I love that bridge. Did you go to the Hatfield Marine Science building and the Rogue Brewery on this trip?

  14. Wonderful pictures Teresa and thoroughly enjoyed my visit here today. Here the weather is wet wet and windy windy....crazy oz weather ☺

  15. Wonderful, gorgeous pictures my dear friend. Hope you have a wonderful week.. Happy Halloween!

  16. What a lovely end to your holiday Teresa, you obviously have had a very restful time. I love the photo of the bridge in fog...gorgeous. We had the hottest Halloween on record here yesterday, it reach 23c in sunny Surrey! Have a safe trip home x

  17. I could almost hear those waves belting up on the beach !! What a great place - seeing the seals must have been very special. As you know I'm a regular reader of your blog and I've taken note of what you eat - would it be fair to say that prawns are one of your favourites? Buddy looks so cute - what a smart looking dog. He's gorgeous. xox

  18. You're having such a nice trip, Teresa. I'm glad you were able to get out with friends and family some more too. Your lunch looks delicious. I enjoyed seeing the sea lions; it reminds me of when I first went to San Francisco ten years ago; it was fall and there seals and sea lions everywhere on the docks. They were climbing over each other there was so little room for them!


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