Glorious Heaven on Earth - Rialto Beach, Washington

self-portrait @ low tide
Originally uploaded by cameradawktor.
this is soooo way long overdue. sorry folks. i've been flickering my photos (amongst laundry and getting kids ready to start school next week). i've had a couple make it to explore so i've been having fun tracking that!
Fairy Tale Island
this photo has had 380 views in like two days. i've never had a photo do that well, that fast. here's the other:
Random Zen-Like Art

anywho, on with camping.

it was a four hour trip from our home and we left at 4:30 a.m. the kids were so great about it, and only TSE slept on the way, they were just too jacked up!

i had iced my leg and knee @ bedtime and taken some tylenol. i was a little sore after walking a mile but took some more tylenol. after that, i was A OK!

also, no headaches, not even pills to ward one off. woohoo! really, since my trip to the doctor for i.v. meds, i've only had to treat two headaches and they've gone away right away. could i be onto something here? i dare not think about it!!!

so the kids were loaded up with their packs and looking super cute. they had such good attitudes about packing stuff!
must have's for backpacking: $1 hat and big walking stick

the first day was heavy with sea fog, but near dusk, the fog started to burn off and the most amazing rocks began to appear, that we couldn't see earlier! also, we had a spectacular sunset.

sunset 2

we camped right above the high tide mark, and were able to have a fire right on the beach. it was cold, but not as cold as i thought it was going to be, and never miserable. we got only a trace of rain, just the heavy sea fog would accumulate in the trees, and big drops would fall. but nothing to put a damper on our fun.

we were lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves crashing right below us, and there was about an hour, where the stars were brilliant and i saw a massive shooting star.

more info later. feel free to click on any photo and view the set on flickr. if you have a flickr profile, let me know and i'll add you as a friend contact so you can see all the photos on my flickr stream. i've had to make all the kids' photos private because of pesky perverts!


Donnak said...

I'm glad you had such a great time - pain free!

I love that photo that has had 380 views, I'm headed to flickr after I finish this comment. lol

Sorry about the kid photos, that stinks, huh? About figures, there's finally a way to share things about ourselves and some perv messees it all up. :(

Jana said...

Wow, gorgeous photos from a beautiful place! I'd love to come out there and see the area sometime - I've never been to the west coast. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Gracie said...


I'm definitely suggesting this as one of the places to go next time I'm up there!

Soooo glad you had a wonderful trip too--no headaches; no further knee problems; kids and hubby happy! :)

Thank you so much for the instructions on how to post through Flickr! I've been using it now that I'm at wordpress and it works beautifully.



Suzanne R said...

Beautiful shots, and I'm going to look at more of them as the afternoon progresses. I'm a bit behind on my Flickr-ing because I was so very tired the last couple of days. It was all I could do to SPF yesterday, and Blogger really bummed me out further, the way it was acting! I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip -- it's good to hear that you were out of pain and could really enjoy yourself.

Writer Mom said...

On my way to Flickr, also. Those are some AMAZING shots. Not surprised at all you've gotten so much traffic.
You guys have such great camping trips. Your kids will have so many wonderful memories.