For a week or so the Willamette Valley has been socked in with fog. Fog that doesn't lift all day. We'd finally had enough. Yesterday after coffee we did what we do every time the grey skies and highs of 39˚F (3.8˚C) temperatures get to us - we headed to the coast for some sunshine therapy.
|(Heading West on Highway 20 just went of Philomath, OR)|
|(37˚F in the early afternoon - why we didn't ride to the coast)|
We drove approximately 25-30 miles west before the skies cleared, the temperatures warmed up to 46˚F and there were sunny skies the rest of the way to Newport.
We parked along Yaquina Bay and wandered a bit. The breeze was a little cool, but it was sunny so we didn't care.
|(There were a lot of boats docked in the bay)|
|(Looking west out to sea)|
|(Part of the dock that washed ashore from the Tsunami - our original posts can be found here: LINK and LINK)|
|(The NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - research ships were in Port. |
All Pacific Ocean NOAA vessels are now based out of Newport, OR)
|(Another NOAA vessel)|
|(Looking east around the bay)|
|(Looking east into the Yaquina River)|
|(California Sea Lions enjoy Newport too)|
|(The seagulls are always plentiful and friendly - I was about 2 feet away from it)|
We looped the historic bayfront wandering into this shop and that, and made our way back to the car. From the bayfront we drove across the bridge to the Port of Newport where Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Newport Aquarium are located. There is also a little eclectic shopping area called Aquarium Village. Most of the shops were closed, but we did find some photo opps.
|(Sadly it was closed)|
|(I saw this and thought of Toadmama)|
From there we drove to Starbucks for something cold to drink then pointed the car east and headed home. It was sunnier further east than it was coming in, and just as we were wondering if the fog broke in the valley we saw it rolling over the hills.
|(There it is)|
|(Cows in the mist)|
|(And then we hit the wall - can't even read the sign)|
We arrived home about 5 pm and decided to make soup for dinner; something hot on a chilly evening. When we watched the local news they forecast another few days of the grey stuff and said if anyone in the valley wanted to escape the fog they needed to head to the coast or the cascades, so I guess we did the right thing.
As you can tell from the pics we haven't been out on the bikes recently. The temperatures and air quality just do not appeal to us. Sure we could still ride, but it wouldn't be enjoyable.
This morning we woke to 32˚F (0˚C) and of course we are socked in still. Hmmm to stay home or head for the hills and find more sunshine, that is the question.
How does Basil react to the fog you might wonder? He deals with it the only way he knows how..... napping on the ottoman that sits in front of the living room window.
|(How Basil ducks the fog)|
- Au Revoir
" I would wear a full-length cape if I could get away with it - I do love a good swirl in the fog."- Martin Freeman