Pics of the Day for July 26 and 27 ~ Trip to Brookings
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The first photo in the set below shows a view of Rainbow Rock Beach as seen from the Highway 101 viewpoint, a lady in reflection strolling the surfline, and some seastacks located just offshore.
Our last set of photos starts with a wide angle view of Rainbow Rock Beach with Rainbow Rock at the upper right, then some folks playing with their dog on the beach, and finally a zoomed image of the south end of Rainbow Rock Beach.
This concludes our journey to the Chetco River. We will visit the Samuel H. Boardman State Park region again in the future. The parks in this area require a whole day for picture taking and visiting. Viewpoints line the highway in half to 1 mile increments and the beautiful parks and beaches pull you in and won't let you go without spending an hour plus at each location. Oregon is proud of their park system and it shows. The grounds and trails are constantly improved and meticulously maintained. The park service personnel are extremely friendly and appreciate their positions as stewards for the Southern Oregon Coast.
We took Roxie and Jerry to the Elk River yesterday afternoon. Putting her down was one of the hardest things we've had to do, but seeing her enjoy the things she loved best (swimming in the river and spending time with the family) made it somewhat easier to take. She grew up with our kids and was an important fixture in our family. Roxie was extremely sweet, gentle, and loving. Often we would see her laying on her bed with our kitty Cleo snuggled up on her belly. She had a huge heart and always wanted to accompany the family on outings even though she could hardly walk and would suffer terribly when returning home. We'll miss her more than I can possibly relate. The set of photos above and below are scenes from her yesterday visit to the Elk River.
ZDTV will be interviewing me at 4:00 today for a segment on their show. I'll keep you informed of air times.
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I also received a nice message from Weststar, the producers for several popular websites and The Kim Komado Show, the most listened to radio show about computers and the Internet. They reviewed our site and are considering us for inclusion on their cool sites page. Thanks Kim Komando Show!
These contacts are coming at a good time, we can sure use some cheering-up. Today is our 12 year old Roxie's last day with us. Her health has been deteriorating rapidly and she is scheduled for euthanasia at 5:00 PM. Roxie is so sweet and we'll miss her greatly. She's been a member of our family since a puppy and this is hurting us deeply. We will be closing the office at noon so we can take her to several of her favorite locations. First we'll take her to Battle Rock Park and then to the Elk River for a swim (if she can). Then we'll come home so she can have some steak and rice (her favorite dinner) and wait for our vet to arrive. We'll have a service for her, then lay her to rest next to her sister Scooter who passed away over a year ago. I'm glad that there's not a web cam here watching me blubber away while I try to type with tears streaming down my cheeks. This is going to be difficult for all of us, especially Norma. Roxie has always been her dog. The adjacent photos show Roxie at Cape Blanco Beach, and Jerry and Roxie playing in the Elk River.
Now back to our trip to the Chetco River and our stop at Lone Ranch Beach. We dropped the car off at our favorite mechanic's shop, Precision Performance in Gold Beach, and drove south about 20 minutes to Lone Ranch Beach. The first photo at the top of today's update shows the south end of this beautiful beach. The pic on the left is a wide angle view of the park.
There were several groups of people enjoying the beach. The first two photos below show some girls playing in the surf while their parents watch and enjoy, the last image is a zoomed view of some rocks on the south end framing a seastack in the distance.
This next set of pictures feature a dad and his boys playing kite on the beach and a view shot of Lone Ranch Beach.
Tomorrow's update will showcase Rainbow Rock Beach, just north of Brookings. I have some fantastic photos shot from the Highway 101 viewpoint. In addition, I might include pictures from our Elk River activities today. That depends on how our day goes, wish us strength and maybe say a prayer for our sweet Roxie.