Focusing on the Beauty

We were watching for whales as our workamping duties took us from Tillicum to Rock Creek and onto Alder Dune Campgrounds yesterday.  We stopped to take pictures of the large flocks of sea birds on the water.  But my battery was dead!

Then we saw a whale tail!  It was close in and right next to the Tokatee Klootchman State Natural Site.  So we whipped in.  There were about 4 other cars in that small wayside but we got a front-row seat.

2 Grey Whales
2 Grey Whales

Don took out the camera battery, and rubbed it to warm it up, in hopes he could get a few pix out of it.  Turned out he got about 40.  I clicked off pix from my camera phone as fast as I could; not able to see what I was shooting.

What part of the whale is this?
What part of the whale is this?

We saw at least 5 whales.  We watched for at least 15 minutes while they fed in the same spot.  When we decided we needed to go we turned around to get back in the truck.  There were probably 20 cars, some parked on the other side of Hwy 101.

The whales were still in the same spot when we passed by again a couple hours later.

As we came up to Cape Perpetua Campground, the host who had just put up the FULL sign, was sitting at the entrance watching a whale.  It was a great whale-watching day on the central Oregon coast.

Tiny Cairn
Tiny Cairn

After dinner I went for a walk on Tillicum Beach.  Clear skies were promising a beautiful sunset and I wanted to be there (with a fully-charged battery).  I don’t know how I noticed this tiny, little, cairn on the sand.  Put it was too cute to pass up.  It would soon be knocked down by the incoming tide.

Father and Son at Sunset
Father and Son at Sunset

Done walking, but not finished watching the sunset, I picked out a rock to sit on near the bluff.  A father brought his son out to see the ocean for the first time.  He was showing him how to run from the waves so they “don’t catch you”.  The boy kept running though.  hahaha  Dad had to call him back and then show him that it was okay to stand near as the waves surged and retreated.

Orange Sunset
Orange Sunset

The sunset over the ocean has a way of drawing people out onto the beach.  People slowly began to bring their chairs and fires out from the campground.   A couple picked out a rock about 50 feet down the beach from me; another couple 30 feet in the other direction.  There were about 3 other groups of people near the south stairway too; not crowded by any means.  Then a small group of people decided that the absolute best place to build a fire was 10 feet in front of me; between me and the sunset.  :-(  Maybe the one “in charge” of picking the site didn’t see me?  At least 2 in the group saw me and didn’t say anything.  I thought about taking their pic and posting a snide comment on Facebook.  But there’s too much of that in this world.  I’d rather focus on the beauty.  :-)   I just moved.  After all, I would only be there for another couple minutes.

3 Alsea River Otters
3 Alsea River Otters

We went up the river today.  I thought I saw some diving ducks in the water but couldn’t figure out where they’d come from.  They were so quiet.  When they got closer I realized they were otters; 3 of them!  They didn’t hang around long but they did stop fishing long enough to dig and roll in the sand for a few minutes.

Beautiful Day on the Oregon Coast

We started out with a light mist/rain overnight and early this morning.

Then the fog began to roll out.

Yaquina Bay
Yaquina Bay

The fog that was left looked like steam rising up from the sand.

Strawberry
Prime location but limited seating
Alsea Bay
Alsea Bay

What a beautiful afternoon!

Curled Starfish
You put your left foot in and you shake it all about

A quick walk on the beach turned up this unusually posed starfish.  He’s almost dead so I brought him home.

Whales from Tillicum Campground
Whales from Tillicum Campground

I came up into the campground and a camper told me they saw a whale.  So I turned and saw him too.  Ran back to grab the camera.  We counted 5 different whales.

Pelicans at Sunset

It was a purdy sunset over the fog bank.

 

 

 

Archaeologist’s Discovery on Tillicum Beach

A famous archaeologist came to Tillicum Beach, years ago, by long-boat.

The treacherous seas were no match for Dr. Karson Scott Tracy in this self-designed canoe with oars as long as the boat.

Long-boat
Long-boat

Dr Tracy came to research reports of the elusive giant hummingbird.  He was thrilled to find it, flying freely, on Tillicum Beach.

He found it interesting that the giant green hummingbird was friends with the green-guilded guillemot.

Long-legged Green-guilded Guillemot (left) - Giant Green Hummingbird (right)
Long-legged Green-guilded Guillemot (left) – Giant Green Hummingbird (right)

You can see why Dr Karson would want to find this giant hummer!  Look at that long tail and those long front feathers!

Happy Archaeologist
Happy Archaeologist

Dr Karson Tracy was SO happy that he found this elusive bird.  BUT THEN…he discovered something even MORE amazing!

Ancient Fish - Claw-jawed Salmon
Ancient Fish – Claw-jawed Salmon

Evidence!  No one even knew there was such a salmon!  But, there it was!  …just laying on Tillicum Beach right in front of the famous Dr Tracy!

It’s an ancient salmon with a jaw that looks like a crab claw!

This new discovery will be named the Karson Salmon, after the incredible Dr Karson Scott Tracy who discovered it.

Singing
Singing

He was SO happy that he couldn’t stop singing!

Singing Praises of Discovery
Singing Praises of Discovery

Dr Karson Scott Tracy will be honored at a special presentation dinner on Tillicum Beach.

There will be a roasted pig, grilled pineapple, and lemonade served after the National Medal of Science is presented by the President of Tillicum Beach.

(Bedtime story from Grandma)

A Simpler Time

That’s what the beach does for me; reminds me of a simpler time.

Sand Castle on Tillicum Beach
Sand Castle on Tillicum Beach

No combat fishing here!

Surf Fishing on Tillicum Beach
Surf Fishing on Tillicum Beach

I’d say these were Common Ringed Plovers but my Audubon bird book says those don’t come to the Oregon Coast.  So they must be the Semipalmated Plover.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

OOoo Cool!  Look, the sunset colors are reflecting through the jellyfish.🙂

Sunset Colors in Jellyfish
Sunset Colors in Jellyfish

Cape Perpetua Sand Dragon

There’s not much beach in Cape Perpetua.  But at low tide, all kinds of critters come out of the sand.

Winged Sand Dragon
Winged Sand Dragon

Some people are SO creative!  (thanks Tom and Cindy for the photo)

We’ve got minus tides this week.  And great weather to enjoy the Oregon coast….sand, tidepools, seals, sea lions…

Our campgrounds are full!  We always have a few openings on Saturday but you have to be in Tillicum, Cape Perpetua or Rock Creek before noon to catch one when it opens.

Alder Dune and Sutton campgrounds, 5-6 miles north of Florence, have openings later in the day.  Sutton has 20 electric sites.  There is NO ATV access to the dunes from Alder Dune or Sutton.   Blackberry campground is a short drive from Waldport, up the Alsea Hwy (34).  Enjoy the beach around Waldport/Yachats during the day and enjoy warmer temps along the river at night.  Call 541-547-3679 for more info (8am to 9pm).

Agate Beach Tsunami Debris

Everybody else has a picture of it so I had to get one.

Agate Beach, Newport, Oregon
Agate Beach, Newport, Oregon

We had to go to Newport to get an RV part at Lance’s RV.  It was on the north end and we passed Agate Beach.

I wanted to see where the dock from the Japanese tsunami landed.  I really didn’t want to walk all the way out there though.

Dock on Agate Beach from Japanese Tsunami
Dock on Agate Beach from Japanese Tsunami

Seems like they could sell it?

Avoiding Bed Bugs

How do you avoid bed bugs?

Well, that’s easy!  Go Camping!

California Beach Flea
California Beach Flea

At least, if you have bed bugs, you know who brought them. 🙂

Beach Fleas don’t bite…unless you are dead and stinky.

But, if you insist on not camping, check out the Bed Bug Registry:

http://bedbugregistry.com/

…assuming the bed bugs use their own identity when they check-in 🙂