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Have You Heard

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about the Rubbing Beach? It is quite amazing.

On our day off last week we drove the Forester (Ebony Shadow) to Port McNeil to the ferry to go to Malcolm Island. The little village we came into is Sointula. We drove through town, down past the marina to Bere Point Beach Campground and Beautiful Bay trail.

On research of this area I ran across the Rubbing Beach where Orcas come to rub their belly and bodies on the stones close to shore. No one know why they do this. Many theories about why but no one really knows why. Now wouldn’t that be a sight to see. I knew we just had to visit here. I was so excited!

We arrived at the campground which was pretty full. We drove to the trail head, got Morgan out of the car and our lunch and cameras and took off up the trail.

Bere Beach is on the west side of Malcolm Island and on the Queen Charlotte Strait. The point on the right is Bere Point and the one on the left is Malcolm Point. A trail goes from point to point.

 

A very nice trail but covered on both sides with foliage. We came to a platform where one can watch the rubbing beach for Orcas.

 

All about the different Killer Whales.

 

The tide was out when we were there and something we didn’t even think to plan for. Alas, no Orcas showed up to give us a show. We were bummed but if we come back next year we will plan better and earlier in the season. You can see here what this is all about.

 

If you look way down the beach you will see a tarp. People who monitor the Orca were camping out there with all their equipment. It was interesting to chat with them and hear about their study. We also got to talk to a couple from Victoria who want to become RVers when their time comes. We got to share RV information with them.

Time for lunch.

Since we didn’t get to photograph Orcas, next best thing was the birds.

An eagle came to visit too.

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Rubbing Beach at Bere Point. A sign told us not to walk on the beach because the Orca can hear our steps. We tipped toed out and sat on a log waiting and waiting.

About an hour and a half later we left and drove to the other end of the island and then headed to get in line for the ferry and head home.

A very good day!!!

Life is awesome. The work of God’s hand in creation is so amazing and beautiful – on Beautiful Bay.

 

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Bausa Cove

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When we went on our half day kayaking jaunt, we went into a cove called Bausa (bouza) Cove. We discovered that access to this cove, other than boat, was through the Forest Campground down the road from us.

This weekend is a holiday for the Canadians. So Telegraph Cove is full of people. Our RV park is full of RVs. Dale and I decided to get out of Dodge for a while and we hiked to the Forest Campground and out to Bausa Cove. Here are some photos of that hike.

Crossing the creek.
Creek flowing into the cove.

 

Jelly fish.

 


 

A selfie!

A blue Jay moved closer and closer to us.

Great driftwood here. We did pick up a rock from Bausa Cove and a cool looking piece of wood.

Life is good. God is protection. A black bear came busting out of the bushes and crossed the road right in front of us on the way home. All I saw was a BIG butt.

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My sweet daughter has let me use her Cannon EOS 50D digital camera. Today, we took it out for a test drive. I have even purchased a book, David Busch’s Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Photography. Thankfully, I found it used on Amazon and it was even Prime! So far I am learning all the buttons on the camera and what they do. So please don’t expect “expert photography” YET!

I thought flowing water would be a good test so we headed east on 138 to find us a waterfall. Hwy 138 has many waterfalls as well as the North Umpqua River. This part of Oregon is so picturesque and beautiful. We stopped at Susan Creek Falls trailhead and hiked up to the falls. The weather held here and there but we did get wet by the intermittent rain.

This is Dale’s rendition of “Rain on the Windshield.”

We can’t go by the North Umpqua River without getting a photo! This would have been great if an eagle had come by!

I took a bunch of photos here with different settings and filters.

Susan Creek Trail is a very easy trail. Well maintained and wheel chair accessible. You will agree it is very beautiful.

I can’t go past a flower. I HAVE to take a photo. I used the little flower setting or Macro setting for up close photo’s.

The Trilliums are flowering in pink and white.

It has been so wet in our part of Oregon. We wanted to see how much water was coming over the falls. We were not disappointed.

These were taken with a slow shutter speed 1/30th. A polarized filter was used also.

Walking bridge over Susan Creek by the picnic area.

And finally – are you ready for it! A selfie.

See that big white spot? That is water on the lens. Lesson learned.

A wonderful day with a stop at Steamboat Cafe for a quiet lunch. I encourage you all….get out and enjoy nature! 🙂

Life is good. God’s power in the cross of Christ.

One Hike

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We finally decided to hike on the trail made from Davis Dam to Laughlin. Don Laughlin donated the money needed to put in this 5 mile “walk.” to the dam. The road above the dam is closed to traffic so one can walk across the dam.

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Walkway across Hwy 95 to Las Vegas

We parked Miss Scarlet above the dam and walked across the dam and down the hill to the park. The path was all pavement so we were disappointed as we like to walk in dirt! We hiked a mile and a half before we realized we couldn’t make the complete 5 miles before dark. So we turned around and got in a good 3.5 mile hike.

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We got a late start so we couldn’t go all the way to the walkway and back before dark. It was a great hike along the Colorado River.

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Davis Dam

 

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Riverside Casino boat that goes from the casino to the dam. The tour includes a narrative of the history along the river.

Oh, just a side mention. This was my birthday. Yup, 66 years young. It was a great birthday!

That evening we had a birthday dinner with Anita and Bud at Chili’s. We decided on their special – 2 for $20 and it was delicious. And so much the better with friends.

Again, seizing the moments in life and being very thankful and blessed for life and this crazy RV lifestyle.

 

A Beautiful Day

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Today was the Lord’s Day. We had planned to attend Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel for the 9 am service. However, we were up at 6:30 so thought we would go to the 7:30 am service. We figured there wouldn’t be many folks there at that early time. We were wrong. The parking lot was full when we arrived about 7:20.

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We found the property of this church huge with many buildings. They have a K-12 grade school here. Our service was in the sanctuary. The services at 9:00 am and 10:40 am were in the big building called the Thunderdome. When we drove home, going by the church, the 10:40 was a packed house according to the parking lot.

The service was very uplifting with music, stories and Bible teaching. We were once again told by God to “not be afraid” of anything! The Bible teaching was about Abram and God and the binding contract they had. Abram believed God! And that is all we need to do also – Believe God. My soul was refreshed and ready to tackle the week.

After church, we went to a local restaurant for breakfast. The Paradise Cafe. Yelp and Google had great reviews. I just know my scrambled eggs were very light and fluffy and the potatoes where crisp. It was good.

The gas stations prices are all over the board in a 5 mile stretch of this town. The affordable price at $3.51 at Faststrip. After filling up Miss Scarlet we took her over to wash off all dirt from Imperial Dam.

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Since it was such a beautiful day – in the upper 60’s and hardly a wind – we went Geocaching.

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When we went back to the trailer, had lunch, we set off for another Geocache that was actually a rock. The National Park system does not allow treasures to be left in it. Dale got to about 300 feet of the rock but it was down in a gully. He had to go over a mountain to get that far! I walked the trail provided. After our day of hiking 2 miles and 11,000 steps, we are bushed and in for the evening.

It really was a grand day! Life is good. God’s people are amazing!

Joshua Tree NP – Day 1

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We got ourselves in gear after a long travel day and headed to Joshua Tree (the town) and Joshua Tree National Park. Our first stop was at the Visitor Station to check in and see what goodies they had in the gift shop. I did purchase a T-shirt! And of course, we got the stickers for our “places we visit” wall on the side of our trailer slide!

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Entering a National Park is always a treat because we get in free!

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We started down a very nice paved road and stopped at each “looky loo” there was to see. The landscape was different from other areas we have seen only because it all looked about the same – Joshua Trees and rocks.

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Our first stop was Oasis Springs. Here there are picnic tables, restroom and garbage. It was also a rock climbers paradise, which we are finding love this area. From short rocks to the very high mountains to climb.

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Oops, that is only a “wanna-be” rock climber.

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Time for lunch. Morgan was able to get out with us here in the picnic area. She can’t go on the trails in a national park and we miss her. She’s very patient to wait in the car.

Our next stop was Hidden Valley. Once in the parking lot we thought the trail might begin at the end of the parking lot and loop around to the front of the parking lot. Off we went. We didn’t see any signs but followed a well-traveled path.

I was approaching a Joshua Tree and heard that “peck, peck, peck” sound of a woodpecker. I looked and looked but had a hard time locating the bird. Awww…there it is.

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That is a Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris. So tiny.

As we hiked out into the back country it was so beautiful. Although we didn’t see any signs leading us on this loop they said was here, we enjoyed what we were seeing.

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This clump of rocks were a dark red color. When we got closer to it we could see the slit in the top rock. Pretty cool!

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A rock climber at the top!

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We went about 3/4 of a mile and decided we were NOT on the right trail. We hiked back to the car and went to look at the sign we saw when we first came in! Yep, the description of the loop through the Hidden Valley. (more on that tomorrow) Off we went to see the Hidden Valley and added another mile to our already 1.5 miles. A nice day for a hike or two. ((I’m glad we did the first hike and got to see some beautiful country.))

Life is good! Boy, God has given us some beautiful places to visit. He is so gracious.

A Hike

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As we sit at Imperial Dam (Senator’s Wash) along with other people (our neighbors are from British Columbia) escaping the winter cold, we have excellent opportunities to go hiking in the desert. Morgan and I try to get out first thing in the morning to wake us up and get our bones moving.

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It was a cloudy morning, but those have since blown away and left us with beautiful blue skies and sunshine.

Since we are sitting on the edge of the hill leading down to the wash, our hike begins downward.

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At the bottom of the hill we come out into the wash a start to follow a trail I think was made by the donkeys. If not them, than man over the years.

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I think that is Picacho Peak in the distance. There is a state park there along the river.

I think this January is the greenest I have seen the desert here. Check it out.

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That is Dome Rock in the distance.

In about an hour, we turned toward home. As I watched Morgan trot down the trail, I thought that my 91-year-old dog does very well on the trail.

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Did you notice Dale’s new toy on the rig? He has wanted a Whirly for quite some time and finally went for it!

Life is good here in Arizona. God tells us to be strong and courageous in this life! That’s victory.