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Best weather on the Oregon Coast!

Well, that’s a matter of opinion.  After living here for a while, I like the rain and fog as much as the sunshine.  You could say the Oregon Coast is a little moody.

If you’re here for the views though, July – October is when you’ll find the clearest skies.  Of course my favorite views are between Waldport and Florence because you can see everything from Highway 101.

heceta head lighthouse
Photo-op at Heceta Head Lighthouse Overlook on Hwy 101

Today would be an awesome day for a horseback ride on the beach.

Horseback riding on Baker Beach
Horseback riding on Baker Beach

Our friends say the fishing is good.

Common Murre eating fish
Common Murre eating fish

And the livin’ is easy…

Stellar Sea Lion and Guillemot
Stellar Sea Lion and Guillemot

The Guillemot have such pretty shoes!

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First day of winter – Oregon Coast

It was 50F today!  Not bad for the first day of winter!

bob creek wayside
Walk on the beach at high tide

We grabbed a sandwich from Subway and ate it at Bob Creek Wayside, between Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Heceta Lighthouse.  A couple seals were feeding in the cove and kept an eye on the beach-walkers.

Bob Creek Wayside
Looking south from Bob Creek Wayside

Lots of seafoam and clouds remain from the storm that blew through last night.

Waves at Bob Creek
Waves at Bob Creek

Some pretty good wave-action too.

Hwy 101 north of Florence, OR
Hwy 101 north of Florence, OR

Beautiful view of Baker Beach from the top of the hill coming down from Sea Lion Caves on Hwy 101.

Perspective on Showers

Beautiful Tillicum Morning
Beautiful Tillicum Morning

The forecast is “showers” for today.

I woke up and didn’t hear rain on the roof of our 5th wheel. Yay!  Still sore from yesterday’s clearing trees, I couldn’t stand the thought of doing my resistance exercises.  A walk on the beach sounded a lot nicer.  It’s no wonder that people use weather as a metaphor for the trials of life.  After the storm subsides, it’s such a relief to feel the winds calm, the clouds part, and the sun’s warmth.

Tillicum Beach Reflections
Tillicum Beach Reflections

As I walked back into the campground I saw a camper.  I stopped to talk to him for a minute.  We talked about where they’ve been travelling (Arizona) and where they live (Oregon), the weather and how nice of a morning it is.  I told him I heard the weather is supposed to be this nice through the weekend.  He said, “Really?  I saw the forecast was “showers” for the next few days.”  I reminded him that he is back in Oregon and that “showers” means you’ll see the sun at least part of the day.  I think we saw the same forecast but had different perspectives on what “showers” meant.  🙂

Tillicum Campground Sunset
Tillicum Campground Sunset

I guess I’m a “glass-half-full” kind-of-a-gal.

Closeup Sunset
Closeup Sunset

Between sunrise and sunset we cut down trees in Baker Beach and Rock Creek Campgrounds.  We started some work in Cape Perpetua but we pooped out after one tree.  We headed home (Tillicum Campground).  We got back just in time to check the restrooms, check the iron ranger, make pancakes, bacon, eggs and sausage for dinner then go for another walk on the beach at sunset and low tide.

Oh yeah and, I REALLY need a shower!

High Wind Warning – Central Oregon Coast

The high winds started about 1pm today.  Don wanted to see if the truck canopy we just installed on our truck would stay on.  So we drove from Tillicum Campground to Florence. 🙂

Yachats Ocean Drive
Yachats Ocean Drive

The rain hadn’t started yet so we stopped on the south end of Yachats to see what the waves were doing.  The storm is looming!

Thors Well-Cape Perpetua
Thor's Well-Cape Perpetua

If you haven’t seen Thor’s Well, in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, you really need to stop at Cook’s Chasm to see it.  Sometimes the surf bubbles out of it from within.  Other times it washes over it and falls down into it.  Cape Perpetua Campground is the perfect place to stay , in the summer, to access this gorgeous area.

Bob Creek Spindrift
Bob Creek Spindrift

Seagulls are hunkered down in the wind.  Bob Creek is one of our other favorite places to watch the waves.

Bob Creek - Wave Action
Bob Creek - Wave Action

On better weather days, the tidepools are fun and we’ve watched people fish off the beach here too.  But today we are watching from the warmth of our truck with the downwind window rolled down to take pictures out of.

Bob Creek - Stormy Seas
Bob Creek - Stormy Seas

Sometimes I just can’t help letting out a WOOoooo!

It was raining hard on the way back so I’m glad we got the pix on the way to Florence.  The canopy stayed on!  We really didn’t have any doubts.

Notes from my Workamping Journal:

Tillicum Campground is open year round, as are Blackberry (on the Alsea River), and Sutton, Alder Dune, Baker Beach and Horse Creek (which are all just north of Florence – no ATVs allowed).  I love working from, and living in, Tillicum Campground!  It’s the best piece of real estate along the Oregon Coast!

Camping on the Central Oregon Coast

We had a nice crowd at Tillicum Beach this weekend.  But today was the prettiest day.  Here’s the sunset from Campsite 18.  It’s a smaller, cozy, campsite with bushes and trees as a wind-break.  A short pathway cuts through to the private overlook.
Tillicum Beach - Romantic Overlook
Tillicum Beach - Romantic Overlook

 A perfect ending to a perfect day at the beach!

Tillicum Beach Sunset - Site 18 Overlook
Tillicum Beach - Site 18 Private Overlook

 It got up to 45F today and no wind.  It’s 33F now and dropping.  6 of the 7 Electric sites are available to keep you warm!  This is a Federal campground so you can use your Senior or Access Pass for a 50% discount, on the campsite, plus the electric fee.

Tillicum Beach is halfway between Yachats and Waldport, Oregon.  Sutton, Alder Dune, Horse Creek and Baker Beach, near Florence, and Blackberry Campground, on the Alsea River, are also open year-round.  Sutton and Tillicum are the only Federal campgrounds with electric sites in this area.

Come camping with us!