Tuesday, July 28, 2020

TNT and Gifts from the Sea

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First, TNT! I haven't done a lot on the table runner but I have added a bit of color. This is still enjoyable and goes pretty quickly--I just haven't spent a lot of time on it!
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Second, gifts from the sea!

On Saturday morning, we took a long walk on the beach. We got there pretty early, and went to the 'less crowded' place in town (the place by the rock is always really crowded in the summer; the place we went--Bob Straub State Park--is less so, and is about a mile and a half south of the rock). We walked south, and pretty much saw no one (save for a young man joggging) for the almost-90 minute walk. 

We found lots of intact sand dollars.
Now a little story. We first discovered Pacific City during a vacation where the 'plan' was to drive the length of the Oregon Coast. We had a rough itinerary (we needed to be in Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival on a specific date) and spent the first two nights in Astoria (northern part of Oregon on the Columbia river). We had then planned to find a place to stay in Lincoln City (a bit over 100 miles from Astoria), and had a guidebook that suggested a good restaurant for dinner about 40 miles from Lincoln City. So we're driving down the coast after stopping in a few places, and we find the restaurant--and it's closed. So I open up the guidebook and say to Tim "there's a brewpub on the beach in a town called Pacific City" so we drove there. We were having dinner and we noticed there was a little inn across from the pub. I popped over to see if they took dogs--they did!--and did they have a room for the night--they did!. That was on a Monday. So we stayed overnight and decided to stay another day. And another. And another. At the time, they had a great deal that the first night was $99 and each successive night was $20 less. We stayed four nights and loved every minute.

The last day (I think) we took a walk on the beach one morning and found several dozen sand dollars. Whole sand dollars. It was magical--most times you're lucky if you find one intact sand dollar! We picked them all up and brought them home with us. We still have them with some idea to put them on a frame around a Pacific City poster.

Well, on this past Saturday, we found another bunch.
To me, it feels like a reminder that we made a good decision.

We also found a lot of other things on the beach--

Here's a close up of the whelk  (conch?) shell. 
And here's the agate.
It was a beautiful morning. We took a bay walk Sunday morning that was beautiful too. We are so lucky to be here.

Hope your day is lovely!


Tired Teacher 2 said...

Several years ago, I made a similar trip on the Oregon coast with my two sisters. It was a magical vacation. Thanks for triggering my memories.

Vera said...

What treasures you found! Lovely table runner too - it looks Danish to me.

Caffeine Girl said...

Those are amazing finds -- the sand dollars, shells, and the inn!
I'm really wanting to get away. Four days in Door County wasn't enough.

Delighted Hands said...

What a great story and love the treasures you found!

KSD said...

The agate is pretty enough, but the photo is remarkable.

And sand dollars --- we've always considered finding them good luck. I'd say you're in excellent shape for a while.

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

Great beach finds! I really love that table runner.