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What’s to see when it’s foggy on the Central Oregon Coast?

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.

Bray's Point on Hwy 101 - Overlooking Bob Creek Wayside
Bray’s Point on Hwy 101 – Overlooking Bob Creek Wayside

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.

Bray's Point - Hwy 101 - looking south
Bray’s Point – Hwy 101 – looking south

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).

Cormorants and Common Murre Nests
Cormorants and Common Murre Nests

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.

Beaver in the Alsea River
Beaver in the Alsea River

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.

Elk herd with this year's calves
Elk herd with this year’s calves

The elk calves still have their spots and feed in open fields with the rest of the herd.

Sassy Elk Calf
Sassy Elk Calf

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).

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