It’s been beautiful here for days and days. This weekend we hit the road to do some exploring in the wild. There are endless nearby options for getting out in nature, which is one of things I love so much about where we live.
We drove for a while, appreciating the colors of the winter landscape in the sunshine, until we couldn’t wait any longer to be out on foot.
This lake is part of a large wetland, situated in the low lying areas of the surrounding dunes. It’s a great place for birdwatching and would be a peaceful spot for a private picnic.
The contrast of thick green woodlands and sparse, wide open dunescapes is dramatic, and you can easily transition from one terrain to the other in just a few steps.
In the distance is the Siuslaw River, emptying into the Pacific Ocean.
It is easy to feel small in such an impressive, expansive, pristine natural space. I love that feeling.
The sky has been so vividly blue.
In the warmth of the sunshine, we peeled off extra layers and packed them away in our day pack.
We saw many animal tracks in the sand. Wondered if these were coyote.
I love this place. So wild and free.