Paul contemplates the sunset on a calm night

Paul contemplates the sunset on a calm night

How d'ya like them apples? View from one of the many coastal trails at Cape Blanco

How d’ya like them apples? View from one of the many “hidden” coastal trails at Cape Blanco

I left you dangling in the last post with the tease of more sunset pics & glorious vistas (what can I say…it’s just the kind of gal I am), so I figured it was finally time to bring you out of your agony and share the shots. Of course, this being Cape Blanco we’ve been through another 20 weather changes since my last blog making it seem like either a year (or was a moment?) since our last encounter. Time seems to stand still out here and the days blur into a passage of endless moods. Our first week was eerily still (way eerie for anyone who’s spent any length of time here, that is), our week-end was densely foggy (so much so I had one visitor ask me where the lighthouse was only ~100 feet from it’s base!), and now we’re back to the a mix of fog, sun & the blustery wind that Cape Blanco loves so much. She’s like a woman that can never be tamed. At times so serene and mild and then she breaks out in her crazy wind-dance. Whoa, Nelly!

Cherie strikes a lovely pose

Cherie strikes a lovely pose

But time has also passed with friends. We’ve had several blog readers stop by to see us at the lighthouse (always a joy) and of course we’ve been hanging with next-door neighbors Technomadia. This has led to several evenings of shared avocado creations and wine intermingled with casual chatting. Mostly our evenings have been very mild, although we did have one incident of an exploding bottle which did rather up the excitement level and cause Taggart to howl and streak like an orange comet into our back room.  Thankfully she’s a cat with short-term memory, plus our RV is camouflaged in perfectly wine-colored carpet which renders such incidents mostly harmless (cunning decor, isn’t it?).

I don't know honey...it's a bit crowded today...

I don’t know honey. It looks a bit crowded at the beach today..

The remote and relaxed nature of this spot has also prompted Paul to break out the smoker. Whenever we have vast amounts of nature at our disposal, he becomes inspired to spend all-day fiddling and hanging by the Weber to produce that perfect evening meal. Not that I’m complaining at all…there’s nothing like a fine day spent outside smoking followed by an equally fine evening spent munching the results.

Waves echo clouds on a moody day

Waves echo clouds on a moody day

And as for me? Well, believe it or not I was inspired to sponge-wash and wax the rig. I honestly don’t know where these urges come from, and since we’re not actually allowed to hose-wash here it seems a rather crazy idea. However I tend to be a stubborn woman and once I get an idea in my head (as Paul well knows) it’s very hard to stop me.  So, several days and much (much) sorer arms later I’m happy to report “the beast” is once again gleaming like a brand new machine. I can now relax in my back yard and see the reflection of the smoker in the panels. Very satisfying indeed.

So that’s about it really. The simple enjoyments of a simple life. More than this, I do not wish.

Another sultry sunset

Another sultry sunset

At the beach on a calm day

At the beach on a calm day

Taggarts smells the flowers

Taggart smells the flowers

And this little guy tries to hide

And this little guy tries to hide

And off they went into the ends of the world...

And off they went into the ocean..

More cool sunset colors

More cool sunset colors

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47 Responses to Moods & Views Of the Cape

  1. Bob says:

    It’s kinda neat that there’s NOBODY there. Well, except for those *bus people*.

  2. Penny says:

    Man you guys are like professional photographers. I love your pictures and descriptions. Makes us want to come over to the coast. Love your blogs. Thanks for doing them.

  3. Liz says:

    Just beautiful! Even as I sit here tied to my desk working away the words and pictures give me a calm relaxed afternoon. Thanks

  4. Eric says:

    Fabulous views…just posted from up the road at the Sea Perch south of Yachats…absolutely spectacular day!

    Sent from my iPad

    • libertatemamo says:

      Oh, it must be pretty darn amazing your way too. We drove by Yachats on the way down, but didn’t stay. It’s one of the few areas of the coast we’ve not really explored. Another reason to come back!
      Nina

  5. Brad Botts says:

    Looks peaceful and beautiful, Thanks for the pics, go full time next month when I retire, Can’t wait.

    ________________________________

  6. Sheila says:

    Beautiful words to match beautiful images! How deservingly special to be in such a splendid location, enjoy.

    Polly appears splendidly happy, proving it with a tongue hang and it seems like Taggart can take time out to smell the “flowers” anywhere he goes. And, who says cats aren’t appreciative. :-) How fun!

    • libertatemamo says:

      The cats are really loving it here. We’ve got a large green area around the RV where they can relax and sun themselves. They go out everyday, and if we forget they remind us!
      Nina

  7. Else ireland says:

    I am in awe of the BEAUTY! Kim, buddy and myself surely have to come down and visit with you, before we all take off south. Hope to see you this Friday. Else.

  8. Sue says:

    I keep saying how jealous I am, you’re probably tired of hearing it by now, but…..I’m so jealous. I love seeing Polly with her tongue hanging out, clearly enjoying her life. The wildness and aloneness is glorious!
    Sue

  9. Nan and John says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I MISS THE COAST! the sound of the surf and the feel of the wind. But sitting next to a stream in Idaho isn’t so bad either. Great post….again.

  10. I have to say we are jealous of your smoker, I meant Steve is! We used to have one but we gave it up. :( now that Paul is using it for some delicious meal, we now wished we had our smoker too!
    It’s quite a contrast of the lighthouse we had been at Peggy’s Cove which is teeming with visitors while Cape Blanco is serene and quite.
    As always great photographs capturing the best of the best.

    • libertatemamo says:

      No need to give it up! The Weber smoker collapses down quite nicely to fit in the bin. It still takes a bit of space, but it is soooo worth it.
      Nina

  11. Lisa says:

    Yes, a summer on the Northern coast is in our future. I love the moodiness of the weather and the relative solitude you can find on cool weather beaches. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos and whetting the appetite!

    Metamorphosis Lisa

  12. Nina, your photography is just so spectacular. That first photo with Paul and the sunset needs a special place on your limited wall space. You make the Oregon coast seem so beautiful (which it is often). My memory isn’t as pleasant but that could be because we were on a motorcycle trip for week. So good to read your love for the Oregon coast.

  13. Gunta says:

    Simply love that first shot of Paul peeking at the sunset. Another special one I particularly liked was Taggart. Thanks for the fun walk at your crowded beach and woods. ;)

    • libertatemamo says:

      Thanks! The one of Paul was one of my double exposure shots. They don’t always work out, but when they do they’re super fun. The one of Taggart was actually taken by Paul so I’ll pass on the praise to him. It was a fine capture!
      Nina

  14. heyduke50 says:

    as much as i love Oregon and the coastline there it is still just a bit too chilly for my likings…

    • libertatemamo says:

      It’s been a steady 60-70 all summer here, although we’ve definitely seen a few chillier days with wind. Most of the time Paul is in shorts, but he does run warmer than I do.
      Nina

  15. Like the profile shot of Paul. I know how tricky fill flash can be to get right.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Believe it or not, no flash in that particular shot. I did a double exposure…one for the foreground, one for the background and combined them in photoshop. Lots of fun!
      Nina

  16. Janna says:

    One of the best things about the Oregon coast, the lack of people on the beaches! Loved your photos!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yup! There’s nothing like the wide, open beaches out here. Wind and fog keep a lot of folks away, but it’s perfect for gals like you and me :)
      Nina

  17. Geri says:

    We haven’t made it to the PNW, but your photographs and those RVSue is taking up in Washington are making me feel like we are seeing it through your eyes! Love all your coastline shots!

    • libertatemamo says:

      I’ve been following RV Sue closely up there. We hope to explore WA a bit more next year. We had a wee taste this year, but we want more!
      Nina

  18. Shirlene says:

    Nina, you once said that you wished you had gotten a little smaller MH….so now after a fews years of traveling, what would be your perfect size?

    • libertatemamo says:

      I think I’d still like to hit around 35-feet. I think it would be a nice compromise between luxury and size. Paul is very happy with “the beast”, but he doesn’t do the campsite planning. I’ll often spend hours (or even DAYS) planning our stops and size definitely does factor into it.
      Nina

  19. Alex says:

    Thank you Paul and Nina for your interesting blog. We have been following your trips over 2 Years. Now dream comes true. We are here, on Cape Blanco and enjoy this wonderful place !!
    Alex Helen
    http://runningliner.blogspot.com/2013/09/cape-blanco-oregon.html

  20. geogypsy2u says:

    Love this nice relaxing lifestyle. Well, except for all that washing. You’re suppose to wash the RV? Are you for hire?

    • libertatemamo says:

      Haha…I’m way too expensive for hire. It’s not often I get these “urges” thank goodness, but when I do there’s no stopping the waxing machine.
      Nina

  21. Hanna says:

    I find lighthouses very, very fascinating, I have to find some in a hurry ;-)
    All the best,
    Hanna

  22. Pam Leonard says:

    I ordered the book about the women of the lighthouses after reading your post and I can’t wait for it to get here. Thanks for the tip, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

  23. Alex says:

    The weather was not favorable for the video, but anyway we have what we have

  24. LuAnn says:

    Your pictures are so stunning Nina. I particularly like the first one of Paul, and given my love of frogs, this photo put a smile on my face. :)

  25. annabelrv says:

    Your pictures are wonderful! They make me miss the beautiful west coast.

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