a taste of the Pacific Northwest


I’m gallivanting again. This time I’m on the Pacific Northwest coast.

The other day I travelled through Twilight country. I know because the signs told me so. Even though I’ve never read the Twilight books or seen the movies, (and have no plans to do so) if there were going to be vampires, this would be the right place. What a fabulous patch of Planet Earth they’ve chosen.

It’s moody here. One moment shrouded in mist, moments later the sun breaks through and the vistas take your breath away.  Dramatic cliffs, magnificent, soaring trees hanging with moss, mountains framing the horizon, and all the while the sound of the pounding surf of the Pacific Ocean rolling in.

The Pacific Ocean covers a staggering two-thirds of the surface of our planet. When I dip my toes into the ocean here on the west coast of America, I can’t help but feel connected to my younger self, to my years in Australia and my travels through the South Pacific. It makes me want to sell up, pack my rucksack, and get off the beaten path.

And then I remember. There’s a beautiful shaggy dog, a cranky Siamese cat, and some people at home that I’m missing. A lot.


sundown on the Pacific Ocean


wild brambles

mist burning off - Oregon

low-lying clouds

mist hanging on the hills

shrouded in mist

Northern Oregon Coast

sun breaks in the mist


rock formations off the Oregon coast


16 thoughts on “a taste of the Pacific Northwest

  1. Well, your shaggy dog and a friend miss you too!!
    That shaggy dog is having a lovely time with my daughters!

  2. In all of my travels, I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest but I’ve heard it is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.

    1. thank you Karen – that’s so lovely of you. The Pacific Northwest puts on a beautiful show – snow-capped mountains, magnificent surf beaches, mist and fog and fabulously moody weather, and the biggest, tallest, greenest trees on the planet. I hope you get to visit one day. 😉

  3. You have given the Pacific Northwest a good review! You make me want to live here! And I do! 🙂 Last week really was phenomenal as far as the weather and misty morning cloud formations. It is lovely how it burns off a few hours later to allow us a few more sunny days of summer. I love waking to the sound of the fog horns in the middle of summer. You posted some very beautiful photographs Lindy!

    1. Thank you – the Pacific Northwest lends itself to beautiful photographs. I often find myself travelling and thinking, “I could live here for the rest of my life.” I felt that on Whidbey Island – I always feel like that in Yorkshire, I felt like that in Tasmania, and on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and in rural France, and luckily – I feel like that about lovely, historic, shabby-chic Kingston, Ontario – where I live – and where the St. Lawrence River meets the Great Lakes. I too love waking up to the sound of foghorns. One of the little pleasures of life…

      1. You certainly have had some wonderful travel experiences. Sounds as though your have seen the most beautiful places on earth. Not to mention live in a most gorgeous area as Kingston Ontario.

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