Sunset Beach

Gilly enjoyed her first trip to the beach with Mousse, DJ, and Miska. Due to the hot weather in the valley, we took an afternoon trip to Sunset Beach. Although we had a blue sky at first, the clouds marched in and cooled us off. Troy kept us warm and fed with an oversized fire.

Weather and an early schedule prevented Sunset Beach from living up to its name. Maybe next time.

My favorite photos of 2014

Arranged in no particular order,1 are my seventeen2 favorite photos I made in 2014.

In fact, they are arranged in random order. Refresh the page to see another order. Have fun! Do it again and again. ;-)

Last year, I was able to limit myself to my 10 favorite photos. This year, I couldn’t make the cut.

Afternoon Trip to Sunset Beach, Oregon

Saturday afternoon we went to Sunset Beach on the Oregon Coast. And by “we,” I mean Suzi, her sisters, and all our families. When we get together, we always have a great time. :-)

Sunset Beach is a long, wide, flat beach that you can drive on. Note to self: check the tide tables before going next time. We drove a way south on the beach, parked to set up our picnic, and just then a wave came a little too close to the van for comfort. We decided it was time to get the van back off the beach. With four-wheel drive, we could have just pulled up a little higher and not worried. It was no problem — we had a non-sandy picnic in the parking lot and returned to the beach.

We had a typical day at the Oregon coast: digging to China with shovels, building sandcastles, lighting and tending campfires, making s’mores, staying relatively dry, and sitting in circles and enjoying each others’ company. We didn’t get the forecast sun, but we didn’t get wind, either. Not a bad trade.

And not a bad day. :-)