People Places Things & Dogs

Travelling the Oregon and California coast, stopping in quaint little fishing touristy towns, eating dang good sea food and loving all those photo ops; life couldn’t be better. This post is a catch up blog covering our drive from Astoria, Oregon to Petaluma, California

We tried to catch as many lighthouses as we could. Some were too far out in the ocean for my lens to catch while others we simply missed. Yet we didn’t miss the lighthouse interpretive center.

Dogs and people, most times endearing, often quirky and occasionally strange doing strange things. We’ve met a number of very nice people on this trip. As long as one has a smile and a kind word then wonderful conversations can begin.

For most of the trip it has rained. As I sit and write this it is pouring. Thank goodness I am inside and not out. However much it might have rained on the trip thus far, we didn’t let it stop us from taking a walk on a beach or playing with Roo in the water or trying to snap that one take-my-breath-away pic while driving and shooting in between wiper swipes.


We’ve also passed a few places that sit in perfect spots with breathtaking views. After-all, who wouldn’t want a house with a beautiful ocean view?

Speaking of ocean views, Rick and I are not the only ones trying to capture that perfect wave beating against the rocks. The foamy seas crashing into shore, just so long as you never turn your back on the ocean .

People, places, things and dogs; what would life be without any of it. Damn boring! So pick up that camera, take a walk or a drive and click away. Your attempt at capturing life’s beauty and rawness just might bring a smile to someone who needs a bit of cheering today.



Published by Along the Way: life begins at home yet our door is forever open to adventure, new places and new people. Welcome to our travels around the world.

This blog is really about us, my husband Rick and I and our travels. We are retired with grown children and two granddaughters. We travel...exhilarating in new experiences and places and all that each day holds. We believe that life begins to fade once we fail to live into it anymore. So come along the way with us and enjoy the journey too!

8 thoughts on “People Places Things & Dogs

  1. Excellent. You missed out the part in Oregon how they bring dogs into restaurants and call them service dogs without any documentation or dog vest. The restaurateur can be sued if they do not let the dog in. The people we were talking to (20-25), who had taken their dog into the restaurant, said it was their emotional service dog.

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  2. hard to choose a fav from this group.. you’ve found lots to capture imagination and curiosity.. interesting to see the life behind the light keepers of the coast.. those waves and ocean viewing homes… the devil’s churn has me spell-bound as does the lens at catarpiller level, but must say it’s that beautiful rocky coast with rick and your pup’s sheer enthusiasm… they get my vote, tho i’m thoroughly enchanted by all that catch your eye… really nice diane… even in the rain… xox

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  3. Thanks, Diane, for sharing your journey with these fascinating pictures. I like how you show the mighty wave and the tiny caterpillar. The carved seaman on the post is cool. Those houses on the water look romantic, but I bet they take a beating from the windy salty sea air. ENJOY.

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  4. You are making me smile! Your photos are great. Makes me remember the road trip I took along the PCH/US101 a year ago. You’ve caught some pretty fantastic waves! Summer at the coast is nice (although usually windy), but the fall is spectacular – even in the rain. I LOVE IT. I’m so glad you are having a fabulous time! I’m usually at the Oregon coast in the summer, but my bucket list contains the idea of renting a cottage right on the ocean about this time of the year and revel in the coastal storms! I love the photo of Roo bounding into the surf – my fave.

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