Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blog has moved to its own host


Thank you for stopping by, I am no longer updating this blog anymore. Please head on over to my new host, Elements Backyard Garden. The site is still under construction.  Sorry site is no longer active. Will eventually reopen the site once I have the time for it. 

Element's Backyard Garden is no longer an active site and I have no idea if it will ever be active again since most of the current articles were lost several years ago. The articles that were saved will be slowly added over time (updated as needed) along with new articles added.

However, I partnered with a professional landscaper/garden nursery specialist to create a new garden information website. Please check us out at Garden DIY

 Thanks guys - James

Monday, August 3, 2009

Pictures from the Garden

This weeks Blooms.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Blog Roll and Link Exchange request

If anyone would like me to add their blog or website please post a message and give me your link. If I post yours please post mine as well. Thanks.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Element's Backyard Garden is moving

Element's Backyard Garden is moving. I have my own host and domain name now. Please visit and bookmark my new site please. Element's Backyard garden

This site is still underconstruction.  Once the site is complete I will let everyone know. Thanks

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Day 6: Oregan Coast Vaction

Today we went south down Highway 101 to Florence to play on the dunes. On the way to Florence we stopped at the Devil's Chur, drove to top of Cape Perpetua, and Strawberry Hill.

Our first stop was at The Devil's Cusp. We hiked the ruff terrain of the Devil's Cusp trails down to the bottom of the mountain, and crawled and climbed over the ruff valcanic basalt rock formations to get a close look at the see cave and channel the waves cut into the side of the mountain. Our next stop was at Cape Perpetua. Cape Perpetua is a scenic view that takes you to the top of the mountain that over looks the bay and The Devil's Cusp. The next stop was Strawberry Hill, which is a little known spot to view sea lions. Our last stop was just outside of town in Florence, we road the dunes on a 4x4 buggy bus tour. After the tour we stopped at Honeymen State park to play on the dunes and hang out near the lake.

The Devil's Churn

Cape Perpetua

Strawberry Hill

Oregon Dunes

Honeymen State Park

Friday, July 10, 2009

Day 5: Oregon Coast

Today we got up early and drove to the North end of the Oregon Coast to visit Cannon Beach and Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. On the way to Cannon Beach, we stopped in Tillamook, Oregon and toured the cheese factory. After lunch at the factory we stopped along the way and took pictures of some haystack rock formations and the rocky beach. Once back on the road, we drove about an hour and a half north to Cannon Beach to walk the beautiful beach and do some shopping in town. Once finished at the beach we headed back south to Pacific City to eat lunch at Pelican Pub & Brewery for my wife's uncle's retirement party. After eating dinner, we hiked the big sand dune and saw amazing views from both sides.  Believe me, though, if you're out of shape, it hurts!  Too bad there isn't a way to just go down them... that part was fun.

Tillamook Cheese Factory

Haystacks on Hwy 101
Cannon Beach 

Cape Kiwanda
Fishermen hauling their Dory Boat back home 
Bottom of the Sand Dune

View from the top of the Sand Dune 

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Day 4: Oregan Coast

Today we went inland and visited 3 wineries. The first winery we visited was Maysara Winery which practices both organic and Biodynamic agriculture. The second place we stopped at was Eyrie Vineyards and then we stopped at Amity Vineyards. All three places are a must if you want to try local wines of Oregon.

Maysara Vineyards

Amity Vineyards  

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Day 3: Oregan Coast

Today we spend most of the day visiting different sites between Lincoln City and South Newport, Oregon. First, we stopped at Boiler Bay and took in the sites. This stop had some great views of the coast and some interesting rock formations. Next, we stopped in Depoe Bay for some whale watching in the harbor. There are several whale watching tour guides and a whale watching information center. We visited the information center and watched the local gray whales breach the surface a couple times. We were told that sometimes you see them and at other times you do not, but we were lucky enough to see them a few times.

Our next stop was at the Devil's Punch Bowl. The Devil's Punch Bowl was created over time as the waves formed a sea cave and then eventually the roof collapsed. We also stopped on the bluff long enough to watch a surfing class with new surfers learning to surf. On our way into Newport, we stopped at Agate Beach and walked along the misty beach. After the beach walk, we stopped for lunch in town at a local pub down in the marina. Our final stop for the day was the Rogue Brewery in South Newport. This brewery was set up in an old marina warehouse. We took a tour and sampled some of their beers.

Boiler Bay
The Devil's Punch Bowl

Agate Beach -- overcast and misty


Rogue Brewery
Mixing Tanks (first Stages) 

Day2 of vaction - Oregan Coast

Today was a good day. I spent most of the day just hanging out and playing on the beach. We spent the early part of the day with my wife and her parents shopping at the outlet mall. We found some good deals and didn't have to pay sales tax.

About 4 in the afternoon the overcast wore off and we spent the afternoon on the beach playing Frisbee with my wife's cousins. Then late in the afternoon my digital camera fell and landed in the sand. Before we could recover it the waves washed over it and it died. Of course I am not happy and we lost the chance for some good pictures, but tomorrow I get to replace it with a new one! Plus I will be getting my wife a nice pocket sized camera for her as well.

Her are a some more pictures of the beach.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Spending a week on the Oregan Coast

Today we arrived in Portland from a 9:30 A.M. flight from DFW. Then drove another 2 hours down to the coast to Lincoln OR.  We are staying at very nice beach house that is within walking distance from the beach!

It started misting about 20 minutes from the cost and has misted on and off all day. the weather is a breezy 60 degrees and overcast. More to come as the week progresses.

Here are some pictures of the beach taken at 6:00 P.M.


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