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Shifting Sands on Oregon Coast

Well, that’s not a very spectacular headline.

I mean, sands shift all the time.  Wind blows it.  Surf moves it.  Rain causes river levels to change which can cause the river’s path to change.

But it still amazes me how fast it can happen.

Big Creek - Tillicum Beach
100 yards of beach lost/gained

There has been a major change in direction at Big Creek over the last week.

Ok, since there are so many creeks by the same name, this is the Big Creek between Beachside State Park and Tillicum Beach Campground on the Oregon coast.

We noticed the change when we crossed the bridge.  You used to see it go almost straight out to the ocean from the bridge.  Now it curves directly to the south and disappears.  So I had to take a look from the beach today.  Sure enough, it wraps around the curve of the land.  If the rip-rap weren’t there, a property-owner would have lost real estate!

Big Creek - Tillicum Beach
Big Creek – moved 3 feet of sand

The ocean moved so much sand onto the beach that it caused the river to find a different pathway.  So it moved south about 100 yards.  The north side of the creek gained that much beach; in front of Arnold’s Beach Haven – Sandy Shores…to put in a plug for a friend.

Mind you there’s 8 miles of sandy beach between Waldport and Yachats and, to my knowledge, this is the only creek you’d have to ford to cover it all.  Tillicum Beach Campground sits midway.  So now if you need a longer walk from the campground, walk south.

High tide was 8.8 today and we’ve had slightly minus tides.  But I think it’s the storms that do more to move the sand than the tides do?

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Beach

Pucker Up!
Pucker Up!

I love walks on the beach.  There’s always something interesting to find.

And, if I don’t find something interesting, I make my own impressions.

Make it a great Valentine’s Day for someone…anyone!

Labor Day Weekend Camping Weather

Okay, I can’t predict the weather – but people who have access to more equipment and knowledge than I have say the weather will be awesome on the central Oregon coast for Labor Day weekend!

I can tell you that it’s a beautiful morning on Tillicum Beach though!

Tillicum Minus Tide
Tillicum Minus Tide

Did you know that there’s a wide enough width of hard sand on the beach to ride your bicycle all the way from Tillicum to Waldport?

Tillicum to Waldport
Tillicum to Waldport

Or from Tillicum to Yachats!

Tillicum to Yachats
Tillicum to Yachats

I thought I was over the drawing-pictures-in-the-sand thing….until I saw a hat with a curlycue coming out the top.   I couldn’t resist!

Cat in the Hat
Cat in the Hat

I immediately saw the cat-in-the-hat with a new hat and a beard.  Maybe what I should do is post one of these without my drawings and see how YOUR imagination would fill it in?

I’m going to do a little forecasting based on my experience in workamping in campgrounds:  Friday night will be frantic.  All our campgrounds will be full.  HOWEVER, I believe we will have some openings on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Call the campground ahead of time to get a better idea if you’re a cautious-gambler.

We actually have one group site that is NOT booked for the weekend:  Canal Creek Campground holds up to 100 people.  Call us to make a reservation if you are interested in 1 or more days: 541-547-3679