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A Slice of Heaven from Humbug Mountain State Park Beach (+8 insets!)

(+8 insets!) (Please view large! It's a wonderful zen view! :D) (Please scroll down to Today's Pictures for image details!)

Fewer Locations with Longer Stays = Happy Campers!
Our wonderful Covid Trip lasted 26 days and yet we only stayed in four locations: Humbug Mountain State Park (7 nights), Bullard's Beach State Park (7 nights), William Tugman State Park (two 4-night stays), and Hecata (pronounced Huh-see-tuh) Beach RV Park (4 nights). We learned our lesson last season that short stays = cranky campers! Truthfully, this trip DID have 3 shorter stays of four days each but they were close to each other and that made them reasonable enough. The juggling of short stays allowed us to meet up with Steve's sister and two sons for our first RV trip with them and it was wonderful!

Humbug Mountain State Park
Nestled at its base, this park is a lovely gem with several picturesque trails and a gorgeous beach just five minutes from the lower campground. The mountain was originally named Me-tus by the indigenous Tututni people, though first known by Sugarloaf Mountain by American settlers. It was renamed Tichenor's Humbug--eventually shortened to Humbug Mountain--by the founder of nearby Port Orford, Captain William V. Tichenor. The name served as a permanent reminder of the exploring blunder when the party sent by Techinor got lost and headed north of the port instead of south. (The mountain has also been called Mount Franklin.)

Our stay was a relaxing one in which we settled into the happy reality of our new fabulous trailer and discovered what it was like to stay put for more than a few days. What a joy! The only bummer was the fact that Steve had badly hurt his knee and sprained his ankle just before we left for our trip. This forced him to stay in the trailer and off his feet as much as possible, something that he really didn't want to do, of course. We both felt very depressed and worried about his leg and the future, and all of this weighed on our mood. However, once he got serious about resting his leg, it began to heal and we felt better in turn as the days passed.

I got out for walks every day and had many photo adventures. The trails, the beach, the trek around the lower and upper campground loops--even though melancholy often colored my creative energy, the time we got to spend at this park was enough that I was able to photograph my experience there really well! Ultimately, we hope to come back and stay for another week so that Steve and I can hike all of the trails together, go beach-combing, and allow him to experience the park's grandeur too!

A Lovely Morning on Humbug Mountain State Park Beach
I went out to the beach many times and got to wander around, soaking up the beauty of the place. The wind was pretty fierce and maybe that's why there weren't many people on the beach most of the time, though families could be seen here and there each day. The scenery was magnificent and I enjoyed taking pictures of the craggy coast as well as macros of the things I found washed up on the shore.

Today's Pictures
You have to count your lucky stars when you see such a perfect scene for a picture. Arriving at the beach one day, I immediately noticed the pair in my main picture, seated on a log and enjoying the incredible view. I got lots of shots from many angles but I liked this one the best, creating a panorama from the image to give a sense of what they were experiencing. A slice of heaven. :)

Insets include…
A pile of prayer stones with a soft-focus boulder off in the distance…
A magnificent craggy coast line where rocks of all sizes met the crashing waves next to the beach…
Layers of sand with a granite rock jutting up for a focal point…
A seagull flying overhead, just one of the many that often wheeled about overhead or gathered on the shore…
A colorful crab carapace on the sand, glistening from the water that washed over it…
A close-up of the shell to see the gorgeous texture…
Kelp that lay in a Rastafarian jumble with a shallow dof so the end faded to artistic softness…
And finally, a natural still life with a feather stuck to a bit of seaweed. That feather was very stubborn and though the wind tore at it, the feather merely waved around and would not be swept away! :)

Here's hoping all of you are safe and healthy and having a wonderful day! :) Thanks so much for your visits, comments, stars, and for your never-ending encouragement and interest in my photography and our adventures! :) You're the best. <3

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28 comments

Ulrich John said:

A very meditative picture, Janet ! So calm and beautiful !
8 weeks ago

Boro said:

Superbes
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Ruth said:

This is a superb photo Janet, just perfect and so peaceful. I do love the name of this park :)
8 weeks ago

Ruth said:

Thank you for posting your wonderful image to:
Splendeurs De La Nature
8 weeks ago

cammino said:

I see: Very lonely coastal landscape and Corvid-19 is very far away ... You made some very interesting findings on the beach!
8 weeks ago

Love Song said:

Fantastic series *_* J********************************************************
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Boarischa Krautmo said:

beautiful series!
8 weeks ago ( translate )

RHH said:

Wonderful! How can you do better than the Oregon coast? Have trouble choosing between the second inset of the coast and that wonderful photo of the seagull with the light shining through his wings. Love them all and they are the kind of shots Nancy and I would be taking of all sorts of things and all part of a wander through a beautiful area.

My brothers arrived home about 5:00 am our time. Miss them already and the good time we had together, but missed Nancy when I was away. She's been my hiking companion for ever so many years and it seemed strange to be hiking without her, but Neal and I especially have similar interests so had plenty to talk about and enjoy.

Neal's wife has hiked with him for many years as well, but is no longer able because of arthritis and so the suggestion that we do this trip together and with Tim. Neal, however, has a bad hip, the result of a fall in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming (he and his daughter had to be airlifted out) and so he thought this might be his last trip.

Nice that you were able to meet up with Steve's sister and her boys as part of your trip. Hope they enjoyed the scenery and time together as much as you and Steve obviously did. Family times are the best when they go well, though they can also be the worst when they don't go well. Nice way, too, for you all to get away from the virus thing.

Our next trip involves driving to Michigan for a nephew's wedding (and to see my parents, of course). After the wedding we are scheduled to fly to Iceland to meet Jennifer there and spend a couple of weeks touring the island with her. Then we drive back home, probably by way of the Upper Peninsula to see the autumn colors there.

Just finished mowing, fixing the water softener, unpacking, etc. and am relaxing a bit before the next round of chores. The heat is keeping the lawn from growing as much as it would otherwise, but with Nancy's watering and weeding it was still a chore in this heat we are suffering through. Not as hot as yesterday but still very hot.

That's about all, I guess. Will comment on a few older photos as well.
8 weeks ago

José Manuel Polo said:

Buen trabajo. Me gusta ese punto de toma bajo en la foto de portada. Buen domingo y salud.
8 weeks ago ( translate )

William Sutherland said:

Excellent series! Stay well!

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8 weeks ago ( translate )

RHH said:

Congratulations on Explore. Still on page 2 but I'm sure it'll move down.
8 weeks ago

RHH said:

Like the figures sitting on the beach. When traveling and hiking one has to take the time to do that. It just can't be rush, rush, rush all the time.
8 weeks ago

Marie-claire Gallet said:

Gorgeous series, Janet ! Have a great Sunday !!!!!!!!!
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Pam J said:

STEVE,,, SIT WITH LEG RAISED ABOVE HIP HEIGHT,,, QUIT HOPING SHORT CUTS WILL BE FASTER HEALING. NONSENSE.. IT MEANS FASTER MORE DAMAGE !!!

ITS A STUNNING COAST... SIGHHHH

HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
8 weeks ago

protox said:

Eine Serie zum Schauen und Verweilen.
8 weeks ago ( translate )