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Chief_Sniffer
08-14-2009, 08:15 AM
We (Derek, his best friend Ryan, Mrs. Chief and myself) took a trip to spend a week in Charleston, Oregon, a little town on the Oregon Coast close to Coos Bay...

Our home base in Charleston.. the second floor has an ocean view.

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I love rhododendrens, it's just a little too hot here for me to have them in my yard here, but this yard was full of huge ones. I wish I could see them in bloom in the spring.

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The backyard...

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backed up into a state park. We went on a couple hikes, Ryan checks something out..

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.. a big ass slug!

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Derek found this huge mushroom (toadstool?), it was at least 12" across.

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Here are a series of sunsets from the aptly named 'Sunset Bay State Park'

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Derek and Ryan are ready to shred...

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We went to the Oregon Dunes Nat. Recreation Area, a massive expanse of coastal dunes that runs from Coos Bay north for 50-60 miles... and you can even go play on them!

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Chief_Sniffer
08-14-2009, 08:16 AM
Fun on the beach.

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Dramatic coast.

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Simpson Reef, home to a huge seal/sea lion/elephant seal population, zillions in this photo.

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Prowler
08-14-2009, 03:28 PM
Those are some beautiful pictures. It looks and sounds like you guys had a blast! Thanks for taking us along on your trip.

YakMotor
08-14-2009, 05:20 PM
Lots of GREAT shots! My favorite is the "blue" sunset with the kids in the wave wash.

Your series is a fresh breeze from the COOL coast!

Chief_Sniffer
08-14-2009, 10:16 PM
Thanks Prowler, Thanks Yak.. we really had a great time. We went fishing, but there it ended up being a tourist trip on a cattle boat. Out and back as quickly as possible. I was too miffed to pull out the camera for that :(