Sunset Foreplay at Nehalem Bay State Park, Nehalem, OR: I swear we were just going down to the beach to check it out. Yes, I took my camera with me, but that's nor here nor there. True, if we look back on our day, we did get up early, super cleaned out the waste tanks and then spent 6 hours in a freezing cold RV Repair waiting room while they butchered our under carriage waste plumbing. Yes, we were $650 poorer and I wasn't in a good mood. Yes, it was time to move on. The leak was fixed. It was 4pm and we had to drive to our next camp site a little less than an hour away at Nehalem State Park. Friday traffic was light but the campground was filling up. We docked the beast and trying to forget the lost day I suggested that we quickly go check out the beach. I said we weren't going for the sunset, just wanted to check out the new campground.
Ok, it was another very long beach, hardly anybody on it. The fog sat off shore about 200 yards. The cliffs of the Neahahnie Mountains rose off to the right and were quite dramatic. The Nikon suddenly elevated, click, preserved forever. A few birds circled while two girls were making sand castles and 4 boys were playing freezbee at the waters edge. Ok, nothing major, just a few more snaps, but we're not going to capture another sunset. Besides what else could I use as my unique sunset subject anyway. I had already used rocks, people, dogs, birds and wife silhouettes. What more could there be. What's that? There are four bicyclist riding towards us on the hardened shoreline sand to the right. Snap. Snap.
What, now you tell me there are four horse riders on the horizon to the left approaching at a steady trot. The sun is falling, the sun is falling. Oh my gosh, I was forced by the spirit of the Nikon Lens that gave it's life when we were boarding the hot air balloon in Santa Rosa. I was destined to be here and capture this moment. It wasn't planned, it wasn't my intention. It just happened. Another freakin' sunset. And, more new subjects for my sunset. Let it be known, we didn't stay for the actual sunset. But, we had excellent sunset foreplay.