It was 50F today! Not bad for the first day of winter!
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.
Lots of seafoam and clouds remain from the storm that blew through last night.
Some pretty good wave-action too.
Beautiful view of Baker Beach from the top of the hill coming down from Sea Lion Caves on Hwy 101.
Sutton Campground is in the coastal forest area at the north end of the sand dunes that Florence is so well-known for.
I’m not sure if it’s in the 2nd or 3rd growth period of the huge trees that Oregon is also well-known for. But I am always intrigued by the layers of growth here in Oregon. Not only does moss grow on trees, but ferns grow out of the moss. Here you can see that 2 trees are growing on the dead tree that fell (probably) decades ago.
Sea Lion Caves rolled back the prices for their Founder’s Day celebration yesterday (Apr 27). And what a beautiful day to be on the Oregon Coast!
Tokatee Klootchman State Natural Site is a small parking area along Hwy 101 of the Central Oregon Coast. It’s about 16 miles north of Florence. We watched whales feeding here last summer.
Access a narrow path to the beach by walking around the fence to the left of the sign. Always lock your valuables in your trunk.
If you are a horror movie fan, you may recognize a house used in an 80’s horror flick.
Back up the Alsea Hwy, just out of Waldport, the geese are starting to pair up and make their nests on the bay side of the Eckman Lake causeway.
The front edge of the fog was right on the shoreline today.
Not exactly the best for whale watching.
I was enjoying the drive south from Waldport, going in and out of the fog as we travelled down Hwy 101.
But this is the last of the view for a while so we pulled over for another couple of photos.
A couple weeks ago the California Goldenrod was a bright yellow. Now it has settled into a nice golden color.
On our way back from Florence, we stopped at Yachats State Park to see what we could see out in the deep blue sea.
Besides seeing the edge of the fog on the edge of the sea…
We see a flock of about 50 Black Brants. They looked pretty relaxed until they saw (or heard) an osprey flying above them. It didn’t take them long to clear out. What was amazing is that it only took them about 3 seconds from the first signal to all of them flying in formation out to sea.
One more stop in Waldport before we head up the Alsea River.
I don’t think it is as windy on the Oregon coast today. This was what we found yesterday.
The wind was really whipping up the foam. We had to pull off Hwy 101 at Bob Creek Wayside, between Yachats and Florence, to get some photos.
I don’t think the park bench was sat on that day. The wind was blowing the foam through the air like snow (only up). That’s foam on the grass.
See that large area in the middle of the photo that is solid white? That’s foam that is about 1-1/2 to 2 feet deep. The wind was creating waves on it so it looked like it was flowing. Too bad I’m too cheap to upgrade my WordPress so I could post the video. 🙂 You’ll have to imagine it.
The waves were really crashing. What a great spectacle! I kept wanting to turn to face the wind to get a photo of the foam flying but didn’t want it to mess up my camera.
I finally got brave. I jumped out, tried to hide behind the truck, clicked the shot and splat! A small bubble-cluster hit the lens and my face. I think I got it all off safely though.
We lost power at our house about 9pm last night. So, a couple hours of Rummikub then off to bed. The power came back on about 2:30am. (I didn’t notice but someone did.) The report said it affected everything from Ona Beach south to Waldport and up the Alsea River to the town of Alsea.