Christmas obligations are met and it’s time to go camping! Our fun Christmas campers are starting to join us at Tillicum Campground!
Did you know that you can use your campground receipt or car pass in any of the Day Use areas and Waysides; whether State Parks or National Forest? If your receipt is required on your site post, ask the Host for a Car Pass.
We stopped in to take some photos at Governor Patterson State Park this afternoon.
There are SO many great waysides on the Oregon coast. Some are State Parks and some are National Forest. Gov Patterson State Park has a restroom but not all of them do.
They usually provide access to the beach. This one has several short paths over a small sand dune. Some require a fee to park if you do not display your annual pass.
There’s a wide, sandy, beach for walking. Driftwood builds up after the Alsea River floods. High seas can move it all away with just a couple high tides.
Whether a State Park or National Forest, you can use any of the Day Use passes instead of paying the $5-$6 parking fee.
Here’s more info on the Day Use passes available for use on the Oregon coast:
We had rain on the coast, off and on, yesterday. That’s called “showers”. That means it is fun being outside off and on. 🙂
We were in Newport (indoors) for most of the day. Crossing the Newport bridge, before noon, we noticed the waves crashing clear over the jetties! I wished we’d had time to stop to take some photos then! I would definitely use my zoom to keep a safe distance though (mom).
We have minus tides and extra highs this week! There is about a 12 foot change; which is about the most we get here on the central Oregon coast.
Returning south, just before sunset, we could see that the minus tide exposed places we hadn’t seen before next to the south jetty. The clammers were out! Tide-poolers were out! It’s like exploring the moon when the minus tides expose the rarely seen ocean floor. The extra low tides always make me want to run out to the edge of the water and think of how few people have actually stood there. 🙂
Even the low tide waves can crash over the jetties. Every year some unwise person is killed by a sneaker wave. Stick to the roads and trails on the jetties. Don’t stand out on the rocks. Sneaker waves are not as big an issue if you’ve got level sand to run away on (like at Tillicum Beach at low tide or anytime in the summer). It’s the rocky areas that are dangerous (like the jetties and Tillicum Beach at high tide in the winter).
We’ve got high tides and showers through the weekend. So it will be a great weekend for camping on the Oregon coast!
We made a run to Florence today. Yay! To the BEACH!
Travelling down the Alsea Hwy from Tidewater wasn’t a problem after the recent rain/wind storm. Hwy 20 was affected more. Hwy 101 from Waldport to Florence was also clear.
We just had to stop in to Tillicum Campground to check out the beach. The rain is washing some of the sand off the stairway. Winter storms will probably continue to was sand off the beach. Maybe we’ll see some agates this winter?
We haven’t seen the lighthouse since they took the cover back off so I had to get a photo of her new coat of paint. They haven’t finished restoring the lens yet. We had thunder showers most of the day. As Don put it, “we travelled through all the seasons” today.
There was a car at the north end of the Heceta overlook pullout so we parked at the south end. Three people were SO excited to call me over to look at all the sea lions!
You can hardly see the rocks they are resting on! Everytime one would move they’d bark at each other. “GET YOUR BONEY FLIPPER OUT OF MY BACK!” “QUIT SQUIRMING!” “SHUT UP! I’M TRYING TO SLEEP!” It just went ON and ON and ON! hahaha
Found a couple branded sea lions too! I’ll ask my Forest Service friend about them and edit this post if he can find out anything about them. Sometimes they’ve been able to tell me where, why and when they were branded. Some are branded as pups as part of a study. Others are because they were being a “nuisance” to the salmon.