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First day of winter – Oregon Coast

It was 50F today!  Not bad for the first day of winter!

bob creek wayside
Walk on the beach at high tide

We grabbed a sandwich from Subway and ate it at Bob Creek Wayside, between Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Heceta Lighthouse.  A couple seals were feeding in the cove and kept an eye on the beach-walkers.

Bob Creek Wayside
Looking south from Bob Creek Wayside

Lots of seafoam and clouds remain from the storm that blew through last night.

Waves at Bob Creek
Waves at Bob Creek

Some pretty good wave-action too.

Hwy 101 north of Florence, OR
Hwy 101 north of Florence, OR

Beautiful view of Baker Beach from the top of the hill coming down from Sea Lion Caves on Hwy 101.

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.

Workamping on Memorial Day

Remembering and honoring our family who served and have passed on:
Don’s family: K. C. Leach – US Army Air Corps;  Jack Rees – Seabees ; Lloyd Rees – Seabees;  Elmer Winniford – US Marines;  Vern Beattie – US Air Force;  Rex Garriott – US Army;  Virgil Jackson – US Army;  Sherman Ellis – US Air Force;  Bill McNelly – US Navy

Jo’s family:  Donald (Sharky) Harpster – US Navy;  William Lloyd (Pete) Woodling, US Army
They served honorably.  We are proud to call them family.

The weekend was busy, so busy that all we could do was admire people who were enjoying camping. 🙂  The drawback to workamping is that you work every weekend and every holiday during the camping season.

Yachats Waves
Yachats Waves

Friday and Saturday’s weather was overcast with a couple showers.  That didn’t stop these hardy Oregonians!  Our campgrounds were half-full with great campers.

Yachats Blow Hole
Yachats Blow Hole

The benefit to workamping is that you get to stay when everyone else has to go home on the best-weather-day of the weekend!

We had to run a plunger down to our host at Cape Perpetua Campground.  We gave them a sink plunger (one of those small ones with a short handle).  We all had a good laugh as he was looking for one with a longer handle in the back of our truck.  We did give him a bigger one.

Nice Curl!
Nice Curl!

On our way back, we stopped to enjoy the waves on Yachats Beach Dr.  I was complaining about how hard it is to guess when to snap the shutter to catch the blow hole in the picture.  It was easier to time when the wave was going to curl.  I think the other photographer is trying to get the blow hole in a picture with his family on the bench behind it.

Show Off!
Show Off!

I didn’t get many pix of the blow hole spouting.  But this seagull, perfectly framed in the wave, that was his timing.  🙂   All I did was say to Don, “Did a bird just fly through my picture?”

What a beautiful Memorial day!

Oregon Coast Winter Storm

There were some great waves crashing in Yachats this afternoon.  We watched some from the park north of the bay then went over to Yachats Ocean Rd.

Rain Showers Coming to Yachats
Rain Showers Coming to Yachats

Snapping pix before that rain cloud comes in.  We had about 10 minutes but the wind was icy!

Woosh!
Woosh!

We caught a couple good ones on camera but it was more fun to watch than to work on my timing.  There are a few homes with front row seats here.  I think one of them is still for sale.  Wouldn’t THAT be awesome?!  …right up until that tsunami showed up :-}

Ka-Boom!
Ka-Boom!

I don’t know if Yachats got snow last night.   We didn’t get any at Tillicum.  However, just up the Alsea Hwy, Blackberry Campground has snow on the ground.

Elk in Snow
Elk in Snow

It’s a good thing the ladies still have their fur coats on!  The elk really stand out against the snow.

Elk Herd
Elk Herd

These elk send their salutations to Mom and Dad. 🙂   Sorry they missed you!  This is the 3rd herd we saw today along the Alsea Hwy.

It’s supposed to warm up and be a great weather weekend for camping on the Central Oregon Coast!

Tillicum Beach – shirt-sleeve weather!

I think I got a little pink today!  Got to work outside most of the day.  Too warm to wear a jacket.  Lots of folks were out camping on the coast this weekend.  The campground was half full on Saturday night.  We had 40 sites available.  99% good crowd – one cheater.  Those are the people who make me not want to trust the next camper. 😦

Crabbers
Crabbers

I haven’t heard how the commercial crabbers are doing but we see a lot of them from Tillicum Beach.  We see some floats just on the other side of the breakers at high tide.  Enjoying the view with a great camper (Adrienne) this morning, we thought we may have seen some whale activity???

Ghost Forest is Growing
Ghost Forest is Growing

And you thought the stump was dead!?  See what a little sunshine will do for an old, worn-out body!  A fresh growth of moss smooths out those old wrinkles and brightens that tired face.  Oh, am I still talking about the stump?

February Sunset - Tillicum Beach
February Sunset - Tillicum Beach

I like how the sun sparkles off the tops of the waves.

Full Moon
Full Moon

I turned around to head back to the campground and the Old Man in the Moon stopped me in my tracks!  I don’t think I’ve seen him in years!

Commute to Work?

Hope you have the day off!  This guy has to work 24/7 for his food.

Commuter Seal
Commuter Seal

We’ve got about a dozen campers in Tillicum Campground today.  There’s still room for you in the ocean front sites.

Another beautiful day at the beach!
Another beautiful day at the beach!

High tides are in the mornings.  Low tides in the evenings.  Got a point 2 today and  a minus .2 tomorrow.

High Tide from Site 31, Tillicum Campground
High Tide from Site 31, Tillicum Campground

No wind, just sunshine!  What a February!

Looks like the wind is high today
Looks like the wind is high today