Our Path to the Beach

I’ve been wanting to show everybody this awesome path to the beach. I asked some neighbors if there was a way to get to the beach and they told me about this neighborhood trail. It has 162 steps with sandy pathways. It is pretty easy to go down but quite the trek going back up! Well, for me anyway. Wally and Gibbs run up it just like they run down it 🙂 This day on the beach the tide was out, the sky was blue, and the wind was low. It was an amazing day!


McDowell Creek Park Prettiness

On our way back from Eastern Oregon we stopped at a favorite park of mine to take a look at the big waterfall. I used to go to this park and walk these trails with Johnny when we lived in Oregon a few years ago. Since we moved back to Oregon this was my first time visiting the park again. This was also the first time Wally and Gibbs got to see the place!  

Wally and Gibbs at the Beach

I took a walk on the beach with Wally and Gibbs, it was a windy but nice day. The sand dunes at our neighborhood beach are pretty tall right now but they will flatten out during the non-summer months. I like to surf (slide) down them, my shoes get full of sand but it is fun. The pooches seem to enjoy it too! They’ve been on the beach before but hadn’t gone into the water so this was a new thing for them!  

Making Signs for Becky

My friend asked me to make some signs shaped like arrows to go on her property. She has 14 acres that include forest trails, a vineyard, an orchard, a pond, a barn, and her home. I made the signs using cedar that we had left over from our guest room project. In this video I make the signs and head over to Becky’s house. Then Becky and I put them up all over her property. It was a lot of fun and I am curious to see how the signs hold up in the weather.

My Eclipse Experience, August 21, 2017

Hey all Cy here,

So the eclipse was happening right over my town, Newport, Oregon. My son in law, Matt, set up a bunch of cameras to document the eclipse. So my step daughter (Kandi), granddaughter (Ella), puppies (Wally and Gibbs), and I got ready to watch the show! And a bunch of people were outside all over the place and you can hear them watching in the video.

Matt started all of his cameras at 9:04 am when the moon began to cross over the sun. At 10:16 am the moon completely covered the sun, which is called totality, for 1 minute and 46 seconds.

Matt also had an app going that was announcing key points during the eclipse, including a count down to totality and a reminder to put the glasses back on when the darkest moments were over. During totality we felt the temperature drop, our deck lights and street lights came on, there was a bunch of cheering from the neighbors and oohs and aahhhs from us. Gibbs got chilly and Wally got scared. When the moon started exposing the sun again it got light really fast. But it would take another 78 minutes or so for the moon to completely move out of the circle of the sun. We were amazed at how much of the sun could be blocked and it not be noticeable. It wasn’t until the sun was almost all the way blocked that we could tell what was happening (without looking anyway). Also during totality, for 1 minute and 46 seconds, we were able to take off the glasses and look at the completely blocked sun. At this point, with the glasses on, you could see nothing. But with our own eyes we could see the shimmering ring around the moon which is called the corona of the sun. And it was pretty awesome! It was also fun to hear Ella’s reaction. I am sure she will remember it forever!

My cell phone camera couldn’t capture the way the corona really looked, but hopefully Matt’s camera did! The darkest part of the eclipse was over, but the cameras kept running, we kept watching, and at 11:36 am the moon was completely clear of the sun. How exciting this was!  

Husband was at work and he was able to go outside with everyone and watch the totality moment of the eclipse. I called him a while later and we both shared our experience real quick.

Once Matt has his video put together I will share that link!

I hope everyone got to see the eclipse that wanted to see it!!!


Lost Lake…where does it go?

I heard about Lost Lake last year and have wanted to see the lava tube that is said to drain the lake. I stopped by during the winter and the lake was very full and no lava tube was to be seen. But now in August the lake is quickly draining and I got to see it!!! I met a man named Rich who was photographing the lava tube, he told me some great information about the lava tubes I got to see!  Here is a link to Rich’s Flickr photography page, and here is a link to an Oregon Public Broadcasting Story about Lost Lake.

Walking Johnny by Yaquina Bay

This morning while walking Johnny, we explored the south side of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. The tide was way out and we saw people clamming on the west side of the bridge.   We went on the deck-like walkway (not sure what it is called) on the east side of the bridge. We met Joe there and watched him throw his crabbing do hicky bobber into the bay. It was 55 degrees on this June morning, chilly but still nice.