Okay, I promise there will be actual words soon, but in the meantime, here's one of my favorite pictures:
I took this last year during a spring break vacation that took us on a loop from Boise to Portland to the Oregon coast to the California Redwoods to San Francisco to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains (California side) to Lake Tahoe and back to Boise. A whirlwind trip, but very fun. This shot was at a beach below Heceta Head. A, ahem, rest break - yep, that's what we'll call it, a rest break - was needed so I pulled into the parking lot above this beach. While other inhabitants of the car were "resting" I wandered down and took this photo. I just loved the way the rocks reflected in the wet sand.
And, after getting back on the highway and down the road aways, we looked back and saw the lighthouse that was a little hike from the parking lot we had been in and totally hidden from view when we were on the beach: