Even living 10 miles inland we never know what the coastline will look like when we get there.
The fog keeps the temps cooler so the Willamette Valley population tend to flock to it when temps rise. (Actually, that’s probably not the technical reason for the cooler temps on the coast. I just know there’s a correlation.)
We had lunch at Bob Creek, on Hwy 101, because there was a break in the fog where we could watch a big flock of birds in the surf.
The wind was pretty gusty – sorry about the shaky video!
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.
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).
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 woke up a little before daylight and didn’t feel like doing my exercises. It’s not like I have a 40-minute-super-cross-max-thunder-babarian workout or anything. I just have a 5-minute weight lifting routine that keeps my arms, back and toushy in decent shape. 🙂 At least that’s my theory. But I digress…so I read my scriptures until daylight, got dressed and went for a walk with my camera.
I don’t really like fog that is so think you can’t see anything else. But this little touch of fog wafting through the valley is pretty.
As I walk down our quiet road I can hear the water running across the field. But I hadn’t noticed the waterfall until today. I had asked Don if there was a ripple over there. He said, “No but there is a creek that comes into the river.” He has fished every inch of the Alsea River so I knew he’d know. The field is on private property and fenced in so this is as close as I can get.
Don’t you feel like this sometimes? Slowly leaning under the pressure of life, discovering that you’ve leaned so far that others are holding you up; grateful for the support to keep you from falling all the way to the ground…
Quite a few ducks are working the river this morning. I wonder why the Hooded and Common Mergansers have the same name. The Common looks so much larger than the Hooded, as well as obvious marking differences.
When I got back home, my husband ask me if I enjoyed my walk and what did I learn. I hadn’t gone out to learn anything but, as it turns out, I did.
Just another incredible sunset last night; yyaaaawwwwnnn…
I woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I gave up at 5, got up and decided to see if I could catch a sunrise. I looked up the sunrise time for Yachats; 6:32am. I killed some time by reading. Then I put on my winter coat and walked out on the beach. I walked up to the creek and it looked promising. The eastern sky was getting brighter.
I was about 15 minutes early according to the published time. I knew the sun would lag behind that official time but I didn’t know how long. Then the fog began to lower on the horizon and I knew the sun wouldn’t be making an appearance anytime soon. 😦 So I got some foggy pix of the creek.
Ever walk into a room then stop and stare, trying to remember why you came in here?
I have rarely seen a heron on Tillicum Beach. The fog must have grounded him?
Camping Tip for the weekend before Labor Day:
Okay, so, hopefully it’s not too late for you to use this tip this weekend. Traditionally, the weekend BEFORE a holiday has lighter travel. So, if you are a procrastinator, throw the tent in the car and GO camping today! Even if you have to be back to work on Monday, it’s just as fun to camp for one night!
Half our campgrounds had openings last night. We manage all the Forest Service campgrounds from milepost 23 on Hwy 34, west to Waldport, then south on Hwy 101 to Florence, Oregon. The ones closest to the beach were full but there will be some openings in those today.
I got out on the beach early this morning to catch the minus tide and MAYBE see the sunrise. It almost looks like the moon because it is so dim. It’s pretty though; even in grey-scale. 🙂
I got more color when I walked up to the creek.
So, get out of the dreary fog and take a drive down the coast. Don pointed out this dramatic view of a fog bank. It is overlooking the Ocean Beach Day Use area. You can see the distinctive road cut where Hwy 101 passes through.
We pulled over at the Heceta Lighthouse overlook too. Gotta check on the sea lions ya know.
I was so excited when I took this shot with my new camera because I could actually see the flippers out of the water! 35x is SO fun!!!
We noticed the cormorants flying in and out of the cove so we watched to see if we could tell where they were landing. It looked like they were landing on the side of the rock. So I zoomed in and I could see them feeding their young. This one is zoomed in to about 63x. That’s into the digital zoom area. Not bad, huh?
I think these are the Brandt’s Cormorants. The adults have a blue throat during breeding season. I noticed the bright blue in June but couldn’t zoom in enough to get a good pic. Maybe next year 🙂
Notes from my Workamping Journal:
As workampers in campgrounds we have noticed that August campers, in general, are not the happiest. We seem to meet more grouchy campers in August. Our theory is that they are grouchy about their summer coming to an end. That said, we try to be as accommodating as possible. We put the Full sign out when we are full. We get statuses from all our campgrounds and others in the area so we can advise travelers on where to go.
On Wednesday, about 6pm, four 40′ rigs pulled into Tillicum Campground. They “just needed a site for one night.” Just then my host walked up. She looked as panicked as I felt! They were backed out to the Hwy! We do have sites that can accommodate that size, but they were long gone by 6pm. So I picked up the phone to call Cape Perpetua Campground to see if they had room. Before I could dial, the phone rang and it was Cape P. She was calling to tell me they had the group site open! Perfect! They were happy to all be camping together. The color came back to our faces as they left the campground. hahaha
I wish I could have talked to them longer though. The MH was a Foretravel with Texas plates. I worked at the Foretravel plant in Nacogdoches,TX, when I was going to college there. 🙂