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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!

Spindrifts Make Rainbows

It’s funny how we can be just 5 miles inland and not have a hint of the blue skies that were lighting up the coast today!

Rainbow in Spindrift
Rainbow in Spindrift

We had an early morning meeting in Cape Perpetua Campground.  It is closed but we can get some work done in the off-season.

Spouting Horn
Spouting Horn at Cook’s Chasm, Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

I’ve been ocean-deprived lately and I warned my hubby before we left.  “You know it will be a perfect time for photos of the high tide and my camera is fully charged and I have an empty micro-drive and…”  “I know.” He says. 🙂

So I commandeered the driver’s seat and headed to Cook’s Chasm after the work was done.

The Spouting Horn was really shooting high.  And look at all that foam!  The waves were making it all the way up to the little waterfall on the other side of the Hwy 101 bridge.

Thor's Well
Thor’s Well

Thor’s Well was gorgeous today also.  We were early enough that it was still in the shadow of the mountains.

Wave Mist Rainbow
Wave Mist Rainbow

I guess I can’t really call this a spindrift but this mist left a better rainbow.

Yachats Today
Yachats Today

Well, it’s time to head back but I’m draggin’ my feet.  The tide was a little high for this spout on Yachats Beach Rd.  Yachats always looks so pretty across the bay.

December High Tide on Tillicum Beach
December High Tide on Tillicum Beach

This is NOT the time to go for a walk on Tillicum Beach.  Enjoy it from the campground until the tide goes back out a little ways.

Alsea Bay - December High Tide
Alsea Bay – December High Tide

The water was splashing over the seawall today so we stopped in Waldport too.  There was a seal watching me take the photos but I didn’t catch him on camera.

Alsea Bay Bridge - December High Tide
Alsea Bay Bridge – December High Tide

If you’ve only visited Waldport, Oregon, in the summer, you’ve probably never seen this much water in the Alsea Bay.

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.

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

One of the advantages to workamping is that you get to spend enough time in an area to find the local secrets.  A sunny day in October calls for some Oregon Coast sight-seeing on our regular drive between Yachats and Florence.  I knew you could hike the trail to Spouting Horn, taking the turnoff from the trial that leads to the tidepools.  But I’m usually so focused on the tidepools that I don’t want to take the detour.  And I only leave the tidepools when I’ve run out of time so there’s no time left to walk over to see the Spouting Horn.  As we drive past Cook’s Chasm, there are usually people stopped to see the view from there.  But I didn’t realize that you can see Spouting Horn from that overlook.  Since I was behind the wheel, on this day, I pulled into the Cook’s Chasm overlook in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.  It was around high tide.  I love hearing the low thump as the waves crash into the chasm walls.  Just a hint of the power of Mother Nature and God’s creations!

Spouting Horn - Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Here’s a better shot of Spouting Horn from the Cook’s Chasm overlook.

Spouting Horn from Cook's Chasm

The timing has to be right for the spout to really shoot out.  I think there needs to be plenty of air below it when the wave comes in?

Cooks Chasm - punchbowl

We also stopped at a favorite overlook, between Heceta Head Lighthouse and Sea Lion Caves.  Since it’s the “most photographed” lighthouse I won’t post another picture of it here.  But what we like to do is listen for the sea lions.  If you hear them, they’ll be somewhere below the overlook.  There were lots out in the water, some starting to form a raft.  The males groan and bark anytime someone gets too close to one of “their” females.  I don’t know how you could move in this crowd and NOT be close to someone else’s female!  The noise was constant and fun to listen to.

Sea Lions at Heceta Head

We stopped at Ocean Beach Day Use to clean the restroom.  As we were parking, a young couple was returning to their car.  The car had been broken into.  I guess we had weird looks on our faces as they approached and we waited for the inevitable discovery.  We told them where to go to get cell service so they could report it to the police.  They didn’t get her purse but he’d left his wallet in a pants pocket which he left in the car.  The thieves took that and a bag with clothes in it.  We swept up the glass into a pile and left it there as a warning:  DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR