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.
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!
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.
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.
If you are a horror movie fan, you may recognize a house used in an 80’s horror flick.
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.
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!
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.
Here’s the view to the south from Bray’s Point. I can see why businesses are named Silvery Surf this or that.
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.