Friday, November 18, 2011

A Visit from My Son David from Las Vegas

My oldest son David and his wife Lisa came to visit over the Veterans Day weekend. They have never been to Oregon before so we took them on a tour. Thought you might want to come along :)

We walked along the boardwalk and browsed through some of the shops here.

David and Lisa on the dock of the bay....

Stopped to see the coast guard tug boats.

And the plane that will take you on a tour over the Bay. Lisa is afraid of flying so this little plane was of no interest to her.

McCullough Bridge over the Bay as you come in to North Bend

The railroad bridge that opens when the ships come in to the bay.

We drove to Winchester Bay for lunch and then to the dunes
Alan and I standing in front of the whale watch site above the dunes.

They enjoyed seeing dunes since they both have ATV's and ride in the desert for recreation

More sand in the dunes. David wanted to walk on it to see if it was soft sand. He said it was much different than the sand in the Las Vegas and Arizona desert where ride usually ride their ATV's

Lisa loves light houses so we took her to see this one.
The Umpqua Light house which is still an active light house.

Then we went to Shore Acres which is a beautiful garden covering acres of land. It was Designed as a summer retreat by Louie Simpson and he built a house as a Christmas present for his first wife, Cassie. The house was built 75 feet above the waves in 1906.

The first house burned to the ground and they built another one. When Mr Simpson passed away he donated this beautiful garden and the land to the state of Oregon. Today it is the biggest tourist attraction in the area. At Christmas time the decorate with over 250,000.00 lights. It is amazing and so beautiful. If you look you can see they have already started putting the lights on the bushes and there are all kinds of decorated Christmas trees all over the garden

This is the beach below Shore Acres below the garden.

Usually quiet and secluded and a wonderful place to go if you want peace and quiet.
My friend goes there often when she wants to be alone with God

The next day we headed for Bandon. This is the Coquille Light House. Built in 1800's.
It is no longer active but does have tours during the summer.

David and Me on the steps of the light house.

You can see just how big this light house is here.

A beautiful shot of the sun behind a cloudy sky and the light house in front.

David standing on a rock out there in that nasty water. He just had to scare me!
Get back here David!

The waters were really rough but so beautiful

I love this shot. The water is so beautiful

These are logs that have washed up on the shore.

David and Lisa on the beach at Bandon

They were amazed at the changing of colors on the trees here.
Not to many trees in Vegas unless they are palm or yucca.

Lisa enjoyed shopping in all the shops here in Bandon.
They bought lots of candy at the Cranberry Sweets factory (I didn't get a shot of that) where they make all sorts of cranberry fudge and candy.
She also had fun trying on hats. Cute Lisa :)

Then we headed home and on our way up our lane the neighbors goats were out blocking the road.
Now that is something you don't see in Vegas !

They had a great time and I am pleased as punch that they came to visit.

Hope you enjoyed the tour.


SueAnn said...

What a wonderful visit and such a gorgeous area! I am so glad you had this time with them. How special!!

soulbrush said...

It is so wonderful seeing you with your family- and David looks just like his dad. Did you say goats?

artistamyjo said...

Such beautiful country and lovely family!

Salzanos said...

I think these pictures are a testimony of family love, God's awesome presence and the enjoyment we have in life when we look around us. Every creation has some sort of beauty in it. Just makes me what to start singing!!

Ann said...

thanks for sharing!!
I had a marvelous visit!! beautiful..
darling goats!!!
your son and his wife are a beautiful couple!!
you all looked to be having such a wonderful time!!

daisy69778 said...

Patti: I enjoyed my visit with you and your family!
You are a really good photographer!
Your family is beautiful and it looked like a nice nice time together.
I can see why your friend likes to go to that place for time with God, wow. beautiful.