Siletz Bay, Arch Rock & Lincoln City

By Lana Levy

Walking through the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge above Lincoln City, Oregon, we walked on quiet, forested trails along the marshlands and flowers of the Siletz River as it headed toward the ocean and its namesake bay.

It just now finished raining, and the grasses, foxgloves and other flowers displayed their freshly-washed, soaking wet textures and colors.

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Above:Droplets on the Grasses

Below: The trail after the storm:
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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The gravel crunched convincingly under our feet, and we breathed deeply of the forest smell, the trees and undergrowth, and the gentle breeze that followed the storm.

As we hiked farther toward the bay, the salt-air tang of the ocean began to waft its way toward us.

At times, we could hear several kinds of birds singing and flitting in the undergrowth all around us, but they remained shy and just barely, occasionally visible in their hurry.

This marshy, wet and forested habitat suited their privacy well, until people noisily walk that trail and disperse them.

But they would return when no one was watching.

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Low tide from the North End
Depoe Bay, Oregon

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Inn at Arch Rock

Incredible views, right from the room, that drew me with my cell phone camera to get closer, up close and personal.

I was not inclined to walk down that metal stairs for the last jaunt to the private beach, but was drawn closer and closer until I took the first step down what seemed steep and risky stairs at best. After the first step it was clear that I could safely make my way to the beach. Not as sure on my feet as in my youth, I held on to the railing on both sides of the narrow stairs and made it to the bottom effortlessly.

What a close up and personal view to behold! One could take pics from the beach for days on end and not see it all. The grasses, the rocks, the growth on the rocks, the trees atop the rocks curtained by the dark blue sky. The view of the ocean from ground zero is as spectacular as the views from above. The urge to stay longer-even with the only rooms left, the Penthouse and the Apartment-is strong. We must come back here!

I have not taken a big camera out of the bag, but have found my joy in taking pictures with my new cell phone. Thank you Tim. They make beautiful images up to 5×7, and these priceless memories will be with me as long as I have-and share- the pics.

It is difficult to take the steps to leave, but leave we must. Thank you Depoe Bay and thank you, Susan and Jeff!

Here are a couple more photos from our trip:

Below: Otter Crest Loop view, central Oregon coast

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Below: The World’s Shortest: ‘D’ River, Lincoln City, Oregon

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Spring travel 2018 in photos, pt. 1

Part 1 

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Above:The Storm Is Coming,” sunrise near Gooding, ID

Rich in Native American tradition, anchored in its ranching past, Camas County, Idaho and the community of Fairfield are home to the vast Centennial Marsh. Replete with acres of camas lilies prized by the Shoshone-Bannock tribe, the marsh and its environs are invaluable habitat for scores of shorebirds and other winged creatures that call this place their home.

Those winged creatures include mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos. If you come to this magnificent place, bring strong bug spray and use it.

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Away from the marsh, explore the region around Fairfield, including its many antique ranches and farms with abandoned homesteads and ancient barns.

Left:Moonrise, Centennial Marsh



Below:Antiques: Red shack, white trim

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Farther afield, you can access the Big Wood River near Highway 75 or bounce your way along gnarly dirt roads down to the remote Little City of Rocks near Gooding. Bizarre monoliths of stone twist and wriggle their way into the sky, and hiking in the region is magnificent.

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Above:Clouds over the Little City

Below:You Cannot Pass! Mt. Bennett Hills, ID

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