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Friday, 10 July 2009

A Nice Fish

Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon

We ended the day in Ray's Grocery store in Port Ormond (population 1,049). Ray's gave us a ten cent credit for bringing our own paper bags for the groceries. Oregon is really green and has many strange, advanced policies like this for recycling.

Ray's had a two pound salmon for less than six dollars. It was a nice fish. I talked to the butcher and he told me he thought it was a silver. It still had the skin on. Basically only the head and entrails had been removed.

I cut it into two pieces and froze half. The other half will be lunch tomorrow.

We're at the Cape Blanco State Park on the Oregon coast. The campground is lovely and sits on a high bluff. You have to walk down a steep trail to get to the beach. The temperature is still in the 60 degree Fahrenheit range with the wind off the cold Pacific.

As we walk the beach, we see many strange, twisted driftwood shapes. We picked up a hitchhiker on the way in. He is searching for gold in the beach sand.

We walk the beach for miles, worried a little that the tide will come in and cut off our retreat. In the end we find a path to climb up off the beach. The Killer Whales (Orcas) and Great White Sharks feed nearby on salmon and seals. We see a sad dead seal on the beach.

If you look very closely. you can see me standing by this beach rock. I'm the little blur of blue. In the morning we'll come back to swim in the chilly Pacific.
The lighthouse is part of the park. The last time we were here, there were whales spouting just offshore. We like this place. We might stay several days.

1 comment:

  1. You're making me homesick for my home state of 30 years. Love the pictures. It's good to remember Oregon's advanced recycling ideas, especially when living in a state where recycling doesn't seem to be a priority. Oregon even has a "Master Recycler" program, like the usual "Master Gardener" one. Be sure to wander through Shore Acres on your way to Coos Bay.