Oh my, I am such a rotten blogger–I can’t maintain a slack every-Federal-Holiday schedule for even half a year. We’re all lucky my charming and thoughtful co-blogger gives us good, solid posts to chew over. And in lieu of a similar thoughtful, meaty post, I now propose to fob you off with pictures from our trip to Newport weekend before last. Bad, lazy blogger! But, ooh! Pretty pictures!
We had lunch in Lincoln City (at a Li’l Sambos–no, really! No relation to the infamous chain, however) and then pushed on. Just outside of Newport, we stopped at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse for a photo op. We stopped first at the visitors’ center (which claims to have been there since 1996, though we totally didn’t notice it when we were there in 2002), then walked around to the lighthouse for pictures. We stayed inside a bit too long, however, for we had barely set up and started shooting when we were set upon by a fast-moving and relentless fog:
The time between the first and second shots is 3 minutes; from first to last is 4 minutes. We could see the fog rushing up the cliff face toward us–it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed. But it did put a damper on the sightseeing, so we packed up and headed for the hotel, trusting that Newport was still somewhere in all that pea soup.
Sunday, we went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium to see the current show, Oddwater, and to visit all our old favorites (jellies!) I liked the Oddwater show a lot–it was all funky, lumpy, ugly, strange creatures of the deep, and they’d decorated the tanks with art glass–very cool!
and a hilarious octopus who was obviously entertaining himself by teasing the gawping tourists: he’d hide off in the corner of his tank, nearly invisible among rocks, and then SPROING! He’d jump out and splay himself against the glass. He really seemed to be having fun.
Yeah, I’m anthropomorphizing, but man–he was making me laugh!
And yet with lessons for us, highly-evolved creatures though we may be. You might think that being a faceless, nameless, nearly formless mass of gelatin amongst thousands of identical creatures would condemn you to mindless conformity, but check out this guy:
Dare to be square, jelly-dude; dare to be square!