We left Portland early on New Years morning, driving through the gorgeous Willamette Valley - I was so excited to get to Lincoln City that I could hardly stand it! (picture of Mount Hood taken from a hill in Dundee while were searching for our favorite Pinot Noir winery)
Tom has the patience of a saint, I made him pull the car over several times when we started driving along the coast to Patti's. Thank goodness he understands my need to actually hear the roar of the ocean and breathe the salt air...
First of all, I have to say that I am EXTREMELY lucky that my friend Patti took a leap of faith and bought her beach view cottage just above Beverly Beach a few years ago, and she was nice enough to invite Tom and I down for New Years Day. She and her husband Michael live an incredible beach life, walking their pretty collie dogs on the beach, writing and playing music, searching for agates, hanging out at the Newport Aquarium, and scooping up fresh crab off the docks in Newport. (Can you tell that I am just a little jealous?)
Second of all, a winter beach is so much more interesting to me than in the summer. The sky is filled with fascinating colors and clouds -not seen in summer. The beach takes on a whole different flavor and shape, revealing treasures and tidepools.
I like that I have to wear my scarf, an extra sweater, and my furry jacket with big pockets... I was practically skipping when we finally got to Patti's!
Beverly Beach was littered with agates and jasper. Michael and Patti know exactly what to look for, I simply pick up pretty rocks and put them in my pocket. When my pockets are full, I put my rock finds in Tom's. (he is the BEST boyfriend)
I love the winter sky on the Oregon Coast...
The sand had shifted to reveal ancient fossil rocks that don't show in the summer.
I don't think I have ever seen fossils like this before....
Tom spotted this beautiful heart shaped shell fossil near the surf, it might be my favorite find of our day at Beverly Beach.
It's exactly how I feel about the Oregon Coast.
I am so excited that we will be going back this summer! Our reservations have already been made for a weekend trip in August with Tom's family near Cannon Beach. Can't wait.