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Mysteries on the Oregon Coast

The Japanese dock that washed up on Agate Beach in Newport, Oregon, is being removed this weekend.  They sent a chunk of it to the Hatfield Marine Science Center to study the invasive species of sea life on it.  Another chunk will be used to make a memorial for those who lost their lives in the Japanese Tsunami.

Agate Beach Tsunami Debris Removal
Agate Beach Tsunami Debris Removal

When the Willamette Valley (the I-5 corridor) gets hot, the coast gets foggy.  The coast is cooler so LOTS of people head to the coast to cool off.

Our campgrounds were packed this weekend.  I had frantic calls from poor-planners all weekend.  After 10pm, I didn’t know what to tell them other than to keep driving south until they found something and they “may end up in California” 🙂

Neptune State Park
Neptune State Park

This weekend the fog wasn’t just a thick blanket.  It came and went and came and went; giving us glimpses of the sun and making pretty formations against the rugged coastline.

Heceta Lighthouse in the Fog
Heceta Lighthouse in the Fog

 Did you know there is a ghost story about the lightkeeper’s house at Heceta Head Lighthouse?

Foggy, Minus Tide, Sunset
Foggy, Minus Tide, Sunset

After a long day of workamping, I got to enjoy the foggy sunset from Tillicum Beach.

Fog Affects Shapes
Fog Affects Shapes

The fog seems to distort and enhance the beauty all at once!

 

How to deal with rain

How do we deal with so much rain in the northwest?

Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage

We get out to see what it has given us!

The Western Skunk Cabbage is one of the first flowers that I notice because it is so bright and large enough to see it from a distance.

Trillium
Trillium

The trillium is a beautiful, and not overly abundant, flower in Oregon.  I’m always excited to see one.  Trillium normally take 2 years to germinate and 7 to 10 years to reach flowering size.  Please, NEVER pick a trillium.

Ferns Uncurling
Ferns Uncurling

I never noticed that ferns “uncurl” until I lived in Oregon.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Gets a Raincoat
Heceta Head Lighthouse Gets a Raincoat

Looks like they’re finishing putting the raincoat on Heceta Head Lighthouse today!

That should help with the restoration work.