Daily Stuff 12-27-17 extra

Hi, folks!

Featured photo of a heron at Sandy Point State Park, was posted on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum site. Photo is by Jennifer Casey Photography

I didn’t get today’s newsletter filled in last night, being too tired. I’m going to fill it in once we’re at the shop and re-post at which point this note will go away. Thanks for putting up with me!

Ancient Light’s Holiday Hours!
Closed Wednesday 12/27
Open Thursday 12/29 through Sunday 12/31 from 11-5pm (Regular Hours)
Closed New Year’s Day, Monday 1/1, Tuesday 1/2, Wednesday 1/3
Back to regular hours on Thursday 1/4/18!

Yesterday was a lovely day. We were up fairly early for us and we had beautiful weather for a drive to Eugene. It was dry, but the roads have been washing clean and the new brake pads that Tempus installed on Monday were working well and hardly needed.

We had to pump up the one tire and gas up before we left, at least a little, enough to get to Florence. It was a heron day. There was one in Alsea Bay, near the choppy Throat, along with a gull getting just his feet wet, both looking at the morning. There was one in a tiny hind-dunes lake near Yachats. There were several, including one flying in the Siletz River.

There were lots of people pulled off all the way down 101, taking pictures, although one guy was standing beside the drive door, shaking his clothing vigorously and looking pissed.  Hmm… I saw a whale at one point as we rounded one of the curves. I thought initially it was just a big rock, but then it moved and blew! It was very close to the bottom of one of the rocky cliffs.

We stopped to fill up in Florence, just the gas tank, since we were anticipating lunch in Eugene, then drove on up beside the Siletz, grey-blue in the gathering cloud. I started getting sleepy and dozed off somewhere after Mapleton, waking several times when a big truck went by or Tempus swerved, but I woke just as we were coming into Noti. Triangle Lake along there had a bunch of ducks and we started seeing geese flying over.

There were lots of geese in Fern Ridge reservoir, but it’s awfully low. There were *dry* mudflats in between the water channels….not the ones that are usually drowned grass when the water is high, but bare mud bottom! There was a heron in one of the channels there and later in some of the damp ditches by the Oregon Country Fair site.

We had no problem finding the restaurant, Yaun Lok. It’s right on 11th, which is what rt 126 from Florence turns into, once you’re in Eugene. We had a tasty lunch with Vesta and Louisa and then visited with them for several hours (and the restaurant didn’t throw us out. 🙂 ) We exchanged some presents, too. Vesta gave us a pair of hot pads that are handmade by one of her coworkers.

The food there is good, but everyone but me thought it a bit bland. I was happy to not hit pepper in every dish! …and they have lovely crab puffs….origami and then fried crab puffs…. The wrappers are turned into the little origami frog shapes!

We had a leisurely drive back with the sky looking like snow, clouds settling into the treetops of the Coast Range, and hawks on what seems like every single branch. I saw at least 4 varieties and then started getting dozy again and slept most of the way into Florence.

We stopped at the A&W and had root beer floats and cheese curds, did a few more errands and then drove back up to Waldport in the deep twilight watching trees, ocean, the Heceta Head light and home.

Today we have some chores to get done here, then we’ll head to the shop to get cleaned up and ready for tomorrow.

 

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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