It is always cooler on the coast than it is in the Willamette Valley (I-5 corridor from Portland to Eugene). Many times, when it’s hot in the “valley”, it will be foggy on the coast.
Although it’s not the best time for whale watching there’s plenty to see on the Central Oregon Coast when it’s foggy; as long as you don’t focus on the fog.
If I am standing in the fog, I like to get my “head out of the clouds” and go for a drive on Hwy 101.
Most of the time, the fog is patchy along the Oregon coast. As the highway rises, we climb out of the fog to enjoy azure blue skies and the warmth of the sun. Hiking in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is a great option – but today we’re going to Florence for groceries and fuel (the cheapest fuel in Oregon).
We stopped at the overlook of the Heceta Head Lighthouse, just north of Sea Lion Caves, on this foggy morning. We could not see the lighthouse until we drove back by later in the afternoon. But I enjoy seeing how the cormorant chicks are growing. The chicks aren’t as dark and shiny-black as their parents. The common murres are still there but I can’t tell if any of these are chicks.
Of course, there’s always the option of driving inland, up a river, for other un-foggy options. This photo was taken near Blackberry Campground, 18 miles east of Waldport.
The elk calves still have their spots and feed in open fields with the rest of the herd.
I’m not sure if the cow on the left is the mom but she’s not happy with the calf (ears down). And the calf is talking to her (mouth open).