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Fishing off the South Jetty – Newport, Oregon

We had a meeting in Newport yesterday evening.  So we did our favorite thing.

Harbor Seals on South Jetty
Rock Camo Seals

We ordered take-out from our favorite crab shack and went out to the South Jetty on Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon.

Sleeping Loons
Sleeping Loons

The loons had their beaks tucked into their wings for an after-dinner siesta.

South Jetty, Newport, Oregon, fishing
Whatever your fishing pleasure: from jetty or boat?

There’s a variety of fishing to do on the Oregon coast.

Seagulls Fighting
Seagulls Fighting

The mergansers don’t care about the seagulls fighting over something.  After this little tussle one chased the other away anytime he came anywhere close.

Seagulls Corner a Crab
You want a piece o’ me?!

Then we watched a gull land in the water and pull up a crab in his beak.  Then he dropped it and it was funny to watch him get it back.  Seagulls are very buoyant.  They cannot dive.  He’d sort of jumped up  so he could plop down lower in the water with his head shooting as low as he could get it under water to reach the crab.  But it was like trying to push a beachball under water.  He’d barely submerge a third of his body before he bounced back up.  He finally got his catch to the sand.  That crab was not ready to be eaten though!  He’s going to pluck the seagull’s eyes out!

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Showers in Oregon? Who knew?

Okay, I’d heard it rained a lot in Oregon.  But when I think of “raining a lot” I think of the non-stop, no break in the clouds type of rain.

Although that certainly does happen here, it’s not the norm.  Yesterday it was just showers with peaks of blue sky!

Bray's Point
Bray’s Point

We packed a picnic lunch and headed south to checkout the work that’s been done in the campgrounds.  One of our favorite spots on the central Oregon coast for a “picnic” (ie, sandwich in the truck) and whale watching is Bray’s Point. (Now if this gets too crowded I’m going to stop blogging!)

  That photo is looking north over Bob Creek.  We like Bob Creek for tidepooling and fishing and mussels.

Looking South from Bray's Point
Silvery Surf

Here’s the view to the south from Bray’s Point.  I can see why businesses are named Silvery Surf this or that.

Heceta Lighthouse Overlook
Heceta Lighthouse Overlook

We always stop (if there’s a parking spot) at the Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook just north of Sea Lion Caves.

All the sea lions must have been in the cave yesterday because we didn’t even see any playing in the surf; let alone on the rocks below.

Whale Watching Spoken Here

On the Oregon coast, if it’s not raining, you’d better be outside enjoying it; regardless of what color the sky is.

Don and Bill had some work to do in Cape Perpetua Campground.  I stole away to enjoy the ocean for a little bit.

Whale Watching volunteers are out all along the Oregon coast this week.

Just look for the Whale Watching Spoken Here signs.  This one is at Cook’s Chasm.

Whale Watching Spoken Here
Whale Watching Spoken Here

I get bored unless I can see the whales up close so I walked down the paved pathway to get a closer look at the Spouting Horn.

Cooks Chasm Trail To Spouting Horn
Cooks Chasm Trail To Spouting Horn

There was a couple who spent a lot of time on that rock.  That’s a little too close to the action for me.

Cook's Chasm
Cook’s Chasm is like a bathtub

Watching the ocean heave all that water into the chasm, push out through the horn with a woosh, and splash onto the rocks with a boom is thrilling at a distance.

Cook's Chasm Cream
Like a bowl full of cream

When the water smoothed out you could see all the logs in there; dangerously beautiful.

Spouting Horn
Boom!

Another couple came walking up the stairway.  Well, he came walking up while she kept turning around and watching.

When she finally got up to where I was I told her, “It’s hard to walk away isn’t it?”  She said that he wants to walk and she could just watch this all day long.  It really is hard to walk away!

Fall – A Season of Change

Although I have noticed a few leaves beginning to change color, that’s not the change I’m noticing most at Tillicum Beach Campground.

Foamy Beach
Foamy Beach

The beach and the ocean also have seasonal changes.  Weather patterns over the Pacific change which, in turn, change ocean patterns and winds whip up a froth.

Tillicum Sunrise
Tillicum Sunrise

I’m not sure if the ocean currents actually change but I know the swells are bigger.  This causes the high tides to come up higher on the beach and it moves the sand around significantly.  It should bring in more tsunami debris eventually.

Sunrise Low Tide
Sunrise Low Tide

I love it when the sun hits the white crests of the waves in the morning.

They shine like a bright light.

Stop-Action Waves
Stop-Action Waves

On a side-note: Rhetorical questions – How does a camera work?  How can it capture water hanging in mid-air?  I love photography!

Where's the Ocean?
Where’s the ocean? It was there this morning…

As I was walking down to the beach, this evening, I met a camper coming back up the stairs.  Never missing a step he said, in a dead-pan tone, “the ocean is gone”.  I just giggled and kept walking.   Silly man.  I could still hear it so I knew he was lying.

Foggy Minus Tide
Foggy Minus Tide

See!  I did find the ocean!  And I even saw a seal…so there!

We’ve got minus tides this week.  But take your lantern when you go clamming.  Low tide tonight was about 8:25.

Stunning Views at Cook’s Chasm

Cook’s Chasm, in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area on the central Oregon coast, is such a beautiful place!

Pull off and park at the overlook, just south of the Cape Perpetua Campground, to see this view.

Now don’t be a wimp, you’ll want to get out of your car and look over the railing.

If you feel like walking, there is a gentle, paved, trail.  Just remember, what goes down must come back up. 🙂

Cooks Chasm
Cooks Chasm

I don’t know what has changed in the ocean over the last week, but the swells are bigger.  That means the waves crashing on the rocks are bigger too.

Walk to the south end of the parking area (maybe 30 steps) to read the interpretive signs and see the ocean focus her rage through the Spouting Horn.

Spouting Horn
Spouting Horn

The sounds dramatize the visual!

Every once-in-a-while I stop to thank God for my hearing. 🙂

Thor's Well
Thor’s Well Splash

There are better photos of Thor’s Well and I will continue to try to capture them myself!  All these photos were taken from the overlook.

The Well is a giant hole in the rocks where the ocean is pushed up through it and creates a circular waterfall as it drains back into the hole.

Thor's Well Waterfall
Thor’s Well Waterfall

The waterfall photo was taken in February.  That was an overcast day on the coast.

Our fall weather is holding out this September.  It must be getting down into the 40’s overnight and maybe up to the low 70’s by the afternoon?

Can you tell I don’t pay that much attention to numbers?

To put it “my”-way:  I wear a heavy coat on my morning beach walks and a light windbreaker in the afternoon.

Living on the Pacific Ocean

We had a torrential rainstorm last night.  At least, that’s what they told me.  I sleep pretty soundly.  I know we had some pretty good showers all morning.  But I managed to squeeze in a walk on the beach without getting too wet.  I was covered in rubber from my head to my toes though.  This is the size of an auto headlight.  Maybe it’s a bus turn signal?

Bus Turn Signal?
Bus Turn Signal?

The phone started ringing at 8am this morning!  What do they think this is, the office?  Oh, I guess it is.  I tell people we live at work.  It’s kinda like working at home, only different.

Anyway, one of the phone calls was to open a gate for the people helping us cut down trees in Cape Perpetua Campground.  So I drove down to let them in and couldn’t pass up the beauty overlooking Yachats as I came back.

Yachats, Oregon
Yachats, Oregon

I went ahead to Waldport to check the mailbox since I was already in the truck.  The seals are spending more time at the mouth of the bay lately.  There are cormorants mixed in with them.  I thought that was a little unusual.

Alsea Bay, Waldport, Oregon
Alsea Bay, Waldport, Oregon

We’ve got a Super Moon coming this weekend!  It will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the other full moons of 2012.  That is because it will reach its closest point to Earth just 1 minute before it becomes full.  The biggest effects will be “slightly higher tides and many beautiful pictures” according to CBSNews: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57428066/supermoon-2012-biggest-full-moon-of-the-year/

Super Moon over Tillicum
Super Moon over Tillicum

I think the 2 dark spots (that could be the eyes for the “man in the moon”) are the Sea of Serenity and the Sea of Tranquility.  My dad could tell me for sure.  He spent a lot of time studying the moon in his career with NASA.

Tides on Tillicum Beach:  highs are around 9 and lows are around -2

Takes My Breath Away

I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to put this into words today but I’ll try.  It was one of those days that I wished I had hours to spend taking photos.  However, our workamping duties took me away from the ocean, for most of the day, to do some training.  By the way, to get the full effect, click on the photo to enlarge it.

The skies cleared and it turned cold overnight.  A sneak down to take a peak at the ocean, before the sun hit the beach, revealed a frothy sea.

Frothy Brew on Tillicum Beach
Frothy Brew on Tillicum Beach

 Another High Surf warning today but the winds died down last evening when the front finally passed over.  High tide, in a couple hours, will be 8.8.  The high surf will make this foam fly up into the campground.  Look at what yesterday’s high seas brought me!

Pacific Ocean Present
Pacific Ocean Present

The Pacific keeps dropping bigger and bigger things on our doorstep.  If the campers can maneuver the boulders to get to the beach, they can get around that root ball.  So I guess I don’t have to try to move it.  I stepped out onto a boulder to gaze for a while.  I saw a guy sitting higher up on the rocks.  We were far enough away that we knew we couldn’t hear each other over the roar of the waves.  So we didn’t try to speak.  I just hoped he knew the tide was coming in and he’d get wet if he didn’t move within the hour.  I saw a big wave coming and thought, briefly, about moving back.  I was pretty confident that I wouldn’t get wet where I was; and I didn’t.  It sure was spooky watching the water wash around the rocks under my feet though.  As soon as the water receded I stepped back onto the stairway.

Wave coming like a freight train!
Wave coming like a freight train!

I enjoyed watching this Surf Scoter diving under the waves.

Nickname - Skunk Duck
Nickname - Skunk Duck

He looks like he’s taking a bubble bath.  Cute nickname, huh?  It’s from the white stripe on his head.

Surf Scoter - about to dive under the wave
Surf Scoter - about to dive under the wave

He’s starting to lunge forward to dive.  He was all alone this morning.  I didn’t see any other wildlife but I only had a few minutes to watch.  My camera did a pretty good job at stopping that wave though, huh?

Self Portrait At Yachats Spout
Self Portrait At Yachats Spout

Since we were headed south, to Sutton and Alder Dune for some training, I dodged onto Yachats Ocean Drive to checkout the spout.  Sometimes, when the tide is high, it doesn’t spout very well.  It did today though.  So I got a shot of it, with Yachats in the background, with my shadow in the foreground. 🙂

Ocean in Full Dress
Ocean in Full Dress

This was taken from the 804 trail just north of the Yachats State Park.

Spectators Watching High Surf at Yachats
Spectators Watching High Surf at Yachats

I think the spectacle is taking the birds breath away too.

We’ve got another high wind warning (65 to 75mph gusts) for tomorrow and flood warnings through Thursday.  YeeHaw Oregon Winters!!!!