Sunshine on the Oregon Coast

It’s hard to find time to blog when the sun is shining!  Since I love to be outside more than inside, I’m either working or just enjoying the outdoors this week.  Workamping gives me a lot of excuses to be outside!  Last week we had 9.7′ tides in the middle of the day.  This is the north beach stairway at Tillicum Campground.   I was trying to capture a wave crashing into the stairway.  So I was looking through the viewfinder when I heard the wave crashing.  I took the picture and my heart jumped simultaneously; not knowing how far up the stairway it would come.  hahaha

Waves crashing north stairs at Tillicum Campground

Obviously not a good time to walk on the beach 🙂  But the campground sits about 20 feet above the beach so the forces of nature can be admired from a safe distance.  If the wind is blowing, the seafoam blows up into the campground.  There are some great sites for viewing from the safety and warmth of your RV.

9.7 high tide and high seas at Tillicum Campground
9.7 high tide and high seas at Tillicum Campground

 The waves keep eating away at the sand that was deposited last spring and summer.  This picture is from the bottom of the same stairway pictured above.

Change in sand level at north stairway of Tillicum Campground

This is for the birds…or bird-lovers.  You have to look close to find a disability in the animal kingdom.  They are survivors.  Her missing foot hasn’t slowed her down at all.  I liked the reflection too.

One-footed Seagull

 We found a couple mergansers diving on the Alsea River.  This one is a Hooded Merganser:

Hooded Merganser - Alsea River

And these are Common Merganser:

Common Merganser - Alsea River

There are still some nice looking elk out there.  We haven’t seen the big bull since the first sound of a gun shot.  These are all on private property.  Tell me wildlife aren’t intelligent creatures.

Alsea River Elk

Back on the coast, the ocean churns up a frothy milk-bath at Cook’s Chasm.  Spouting Horn always shows off at high tide.

Spouting Horn from Cook's Chasm, Cape Perpetua

And a beautiful sunset to top off every day.  Temps have been in the upper 50’s during the day but a cold wind came up yesterday evening.  This morning there was ice on the windshield of the truck.

Tillicum Campground Sunset


2 thoughts on “Sunshine on the Oregon Coast”

  1. Awesome photos! We are headed to Tillicum Beach in a few days. Can I ask how you were able to find workamping opportunities? We are looking to maybe do the same on our trip! 🙂

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