Wild Places


On the northern Oregon coast is a place called Smuggler’s Cove. I think that it got its name during the time of Prohibition. There are sheer cliff faces crowned with trees that meet the blue Pacific in a beautiful scenic spot. We were able to be there just about a week ago (maybe 10 days) with our oldest son and his family.

At one point I walked down along the sandy beach to the southern end of the cove and took today’s photo. It was the first time we’d been to the ocean for a long, long time, as it is nearly 6 hours from where we live in Georgia to the beach. I think that I’ll always be partial to the wildness of the Pacific coast and Pacific Ocean rather than the Atlantic, but even the Atlantic coast would be nice every once in a while.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1961, President John F. Kennedy, speaking on civil defense, advises American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Kennedy also assured the public that the U.S. civil defense program would soon begin providing such protection for every American. Only one year later, true to Kennedy’s fears, the world hovered on the brink of full-scale nuclear war when the Cuban Missile Crisi erupted over the USSR’s placement of nuclear missiles in Cuba. During the tense 13-day crisis, some Americans prepared for nuclear war by buying up canned goods and completing last-minute work on their backyard bomb shelters.  (History Channel)

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: an Egyptian father named his newborn daughter “Facebook” to commemorate the role Facebook played in the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Her full name is Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.


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