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A Stellar Day on the Oregon Coast

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.

Dead Trees Provide Life
Dead Trees Provide Life

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!

Stellar Sea Lions
Stellar Sea Lions

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.

Tokatee Klootchman, Oregon Coast
Walk around the left side of the sign

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.

Trail to the Beach
Trail to the Beach

If you are a horror movie fan, you may recognize a house used in an 80’s horror flick.

Beach from Tokatee Klootchman
Beach from Tokatee Klootchman

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.

Eckman lake, Waldport
Canada Geese – Eckman Lake, Waldport, Oregon


Living on the Edge

The front edge of the fog was right on the shoreline today.

Heceta Head Lighthouse - Fog
Where are you Heceta?

Not exactly the best for whale watching.

Heceta Head Lighthouse - Fog
There you are!

I was enjoying the drive south from Waldport, going in and out of the fog as we travelled down Hwy 101.

Hwy 101 - North of Florence
Hwy 101 – North of Florence

But this is the last of the view for a while so we pulled over for another couple of photos.

California Goldenrod North of Florence
California Goldenrod North of Florence

A couple weeks ago the California Goldenrod was a bright yellow.  Now it has settled into a nice golden color.

Yachats State Park
Yachats State Park

On our way back from Florence, we stopped at Yachats State Park to see what we could see out in the deep blue sea.

Yachats River from Yachats State Park
Yachats River from Yachats State Park

Besides seeing the edge of the fog on the edge of the sea…

Not Brandt Geese
Black Brant Geese

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.

Alsea Bay Fog Bank Rolls Out
Alsea Bay – Now you see it

One more stop in Waldport before we head up the Alsea River.

Alsea Bay Fog Bank Rolls In
Now you don’t