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Sunny and Cold at the Beach

Sunshine warms my soul!

2 out of 7 electric sites are filled today
2 out of 7 electric sites are filled today

It got up to 43F today in Tillicum Campground.  With the warm sun out, though, it didn’t feel that cold.

RVs took 2 of the 7 electric/water sites and a camper took a beach overlook site by 3pm.  We have a total of 40 sites available during the winter.

From Tillicum Campground to Yachats
From Tillicum Campground to Yachats

This view is available from sites 17, 18, 26, 29, 30 and 31 in the winter.  In the summer it is also available from sites 41, 43, 44, 44A, 46, 48 and 49.

Come find your own treasure on Tillicum Beach
Big black and round yellow floats were found today

The Area Managers found 2 new floats today!  I’m going for a beach walk to see what I can find.

Easy Pickins on Tillicum Beach
Easy Pickin’s on Tillicum Beach

Lots of small driftwood.  I should have gotten some small pieces but I started picking up styrofoam and plastic and didn’t have room for non-garbage.

Styrofoam and plastic bottles
Styrofoam and plastic bottles

About half of the plastic bottles had Japanese printing on them.  Normal would be one or two but this is tsunami debris from the Japanese 2011 tsunami.

Seagull Turkish Bath
Seagull Turkish Bath

Seagulls like a fresh bath every now and then.  So they spend time in the creek just north of the campground.

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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!