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A Stellar Day on the Oregon Coast

Sutton Campground is in the coastal forest area at the north end of the sand dunes that Florence is so well-known for.

I’m not sure if it’s in the 2nd or 3rd growth period of the huge trees that Oregon is also well-known for.  But I am always intrigued by the layers of growth here in Oregon.  Not only does moss grow on trees, but ferns grow out of the moss.  Here you can see that 2 trees are growing on the dead tree that fell (probably) decades ago.

Dead Trees Provide Life
Dead Trees Provide Life

Sea Lion Caves rolled back the prices for their Founder’s Day celebration yesterday (Apr 27).  And what a beautiful day to be on the Oregon Coast!

Stellar Sea Lions
Stellar Sea Lions

Tokatee Klootchman State Natural Site is a small parking area along Hwy 101 of the Central Oregon Coast.  It’s about 16 miles north of Florence.  We watched whales feeding here last summer.

Tokatee Klootchman, Oregon Coast
Walk around the left side of the sign

Access a narrow path to the beach by walking around the fence to the left of the sign.  Always lock your valuables in your trunk.

Trail to the Beach
Trail to the Beach

If you are a horror movie fan, you may recognize a house used in an 80’s horror flick.

Beach from Tokatee Klootchman
Beach from Tokatee Klootchman

Back up the Alsea Hwy, just out of Waldport, the geese are starting to pair up and make their nests on the bay side of the Eckman Lake causeway.

Eckman lake, Waldport
Canada Geese – Eckman Lake, Waldport, Oregon

 

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Showers in Oregon? Who knew?

Okay, I’d heard it rained a lot in Oregon.  But when I think of “raining a lot” I think of the non-stop, no break in the clouds type of rain.

Although that certainly does happen here, it’s not the norm.  Yesterday it was just showers with peaks of blue sky!

Bray's Point
Bray’s Point

We packed a picnic lunch and headed south to checkout the work that’s been done in the campgrounds.  One of our favorite spots on the central Oregon coast for a “picnic” (ie, sandwich in the truck) and whale watching is Bray’s Point. (Now if this gets too crowded I’m going to stop blogging!)

  That photo is looking north over Bob Creek.  We like Bob Creek for tidepooling and fishing and mussels.

Looking South from Bray's Point
Silvery Surf

Here’s the view to the south from Bray’s Point.  I can see why businesses are named Silvery Surf this or that.

Heceta Lighthouse Overlook
Heceta Lighthouse Overlook

We always stop (if there’s a parking spot) at the Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook just north of Sea Lion Caves.

All the sea lions must have been in the cave yesterday because we didn’t even see any playing in the surf; let alone on the rocks below.

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!