Ladies and gents, this week has been a butt kicker at work. Things that seem simple at first glance have gone into a tail spin as I’ve worked on them. It does make the day go fast, but this week I honestly coulda worked extra hours each night. Last night, Michelle kicked me out on a ride instead…
It was relatively early when I hit the road, so I decided to do the out and back ride to Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
I will tell you, each time I take off on this route, I plan to get to the lighthouse, turn around and leave. Just a quick touch and go. And each time, like last night, I end up staying a bit… But I am getting ahead of myself.
I headed south, on a cloudy, but not too bad afternoon. It was nice enough that I didn’t have the waterproof gloves. However, I have learned to keep the light weight rain coat with me at all times! You just never know.
Sure enough, about 6 miles south, I look ahead and see this coming at me….
Well, I had time to layer up, and get ready. Sure enough, I was getting rained on for the next 7 miles or so…
However, I am a coast kid now, if I turned around every time it rained I would never ride, so ride I did.
As I climbed Cape Foulweather, the rain stopped but the clouds lowered to fog status.
There is something about fog, if muffles all noise. There was no wind, I couldn’t hear the cars on the road above me, and even the waves were muted. What doesn’t get muffled though, is the sound of animals. Frogs croaking, squirrels chittering , and birds singing I can hear distinctly in the fog.
Yesterday, I heard, in two different places, ospreys talking. With them being white, I would never be able to see them in these clouds, but it sure sounded like they were saying “Hi Tony! Have a great ride!” Only on the coast will you hear osprey chatter!
As I got to the lighthouse, the rains stopped and it cleared a bit. As I said, I had planned to hit the top and leave, but I decided to dry out a bit and stay for a while.
Just north of the lighthouse is this tree.
Why do you ask? Well it’s because of this rock.
But let’s get back to the helpful part.
I saw a younger couple, taking pictures of each other and the lighthouse, and I asked if they had seen the eagles yet? “EAGLES?? WHAT EAGLES!” and they headed that direction. As I was getting ready to leave, I saw them at their car and he told me, “I’ve NEVER seen bald eagles before in real life, thank you!”
In the mean time, I had also run into an older gent who was reading the information signs. I walked up to him and said, “You may have already seen them, but if not, there are 2 bald eagles right over there.”
His eye lit up and he yelled, “HELL NO I haven’t seen them!!” and started rushing over to the spot I pointed out.
I looked back just as I was ready to take off. He’d evidently been waving at me for bit, and when he saw me look, he gave me a big thumbs up!
There have been times I have pointed things out to people and they just look at me weird (but then people look at me weird for a lot of reasons!) But its times like this that remind me why I do it. Almost everyone loves whales, sea lions, starfish and bald eagles. These three people last night were genuinely appreciative of the information. Without a quick word from me they would have missed it. Now the young guy from Washington state has a memory he won’t forget!
The weather gods must have approved, for the ride home was perfect! Clouds parted some, no rain and slight tail wind. The perfect way to end a VERY busy, and hard day!