Last year for my mother’s 80th birthday we were so lucky with the weather on the Oregon coast that we thought we’d push our luck and try it again. This Summer and Fall have been warmer than usual, no freezes yet, so the leaf peeping was disappointing, but not the sunrises, sunsets or pleasant temperatures.
A drive through the woods produced only a few vine maple leaves turning colors, but every morning we had beautiful sunrises with the low, spooky fog that heralds the arrival of Halloween. Continuing a long-standing tradition, I carved a pumpkin sitting on the floor of my mother’s kitchen.
Our luck held, and we had pleasant weather at the beach. This year we rented a house on Manzanita Beach. Manzanita is one of the most dog friendly places I’ve visited. They have a Muttzanita festival and elect a dog mayor. We ran into the doggie mayor on the street, a very handsome 14-year-old dalmatian.
Although born and raised in Oregon, I don’t remember ever seeing whales from the beach before. But we did this time. Or rather, we saw whale spouts and fins, plus a pod of dolphins. They hung around right off the beach for about an hour as we sipped our sunset wine. It was warm enough one evening to go in short sleeves on the beach, which in Oregon in October is pretty darn nice.