Oregon Coast

Wow!  I think I bit off more than I could chew with this one. Oregon Coast as a page is just too broad. There’s so much to see on the coast. On this page I have posted some of my favorite photos with brief descriptions. No need for white noise machines to help you relax when you are sitting by the ocean.

Getting a beachfront place to stay is now the top of my list when planning a coast vacation. Opening a window to let the sea breeze in is indescribable.  Its a fresh, slightly salty, and kind of earthy scent. To be honest, I thought it would smell like a seafood shop. Lol. I spent some time growing up on the gulf coast and that’s what it smelled like on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico due to the abundance of shrimping and fishing there.

But I digress. There’s so much to see. Lighthouses, tide pools, cliffs, sea lions, waterfalls, 

One morning, right outside my window was this arc of light within the fog. I named it a fog bow. Seriously, like I was some kind of scientist or meteorologist or something.  I really did come up with that name. Of course, when I went to research it with my friend Google, I realized  this thing was already called fog bow.  

I’m going to be honest with you guys. I really don’t know where this photo was taken. It’s somewhere in my camera roll around Cape Perpetua photos but this one is not labeled. It’s a pretty photo though, isn’t it? I know I was high up on a cliff or something and the water was far below me.  See those flowers?  Queen Anne’s Lace maybe?  I like them. I think that’s why I took the photo. 

I was rockhounding in an area called Strawberry Hill.  I didn’t find many rocks at all but I did stumble upon so many starfish and sea anemones.  

Cool bridge. Cool photo.

Where was it taken?  No clue. It’s another one I have no idea about.  It must have been in the middle of nowhere because My phone didn’t mark the location. 

Stonefield Beach. What a cool place. It’s pretty much right off the highway. You park and walk down a sand and driftwood path to get to an opening. There’s this area with all these cobblestones and then a little further out is the ocean. Also, there’s a creek running through  that empties into the Pacific Ocean.

Do you see the bridge in the background of the third photo?  It goes over Tenmile Creek. 

Side note: I think the cobbles are basalt. I picked a bunch of little ones to tumble. They don’t take a great shine. Came out just ok. 

Fogarty Creek runs through this beach and empties into the ocean. There were  so many agates to be found here by the ocean. Every wave seemed to give me another chance at finding more. (See separate page for more photos of Fogarty Beach.) I didn’t find anything interesting in the creek.  I ended up going to Fogarty Beach a couple times each week. I had so many interesting agates and jaspers that I had to mail them home.  I was afraid my luggage would be overweight. 

I finally found the black cobblestone beach. I had been searching for it for quite a while. Everything lead me to the Yaquina Head lighthouse. I was confused because I followed the directions exactly. Don’t get me wrong. I guess it’s a nice enough looking lighthouse. I’m just not a lighthouse person.

Anywho... on with my story. Since I was there anyway, I walked around getting some photos of the lighthouse and the sea life. I was looking for a park ranger to ask about the cobblestone beach. I couldn’t find anyone. But then I saw a group of tourists who were in a bus tour. I decided to follow the group. They led be straight to what I was looking for. The whole beach was stones. Park rangers were there with photo cards to show visitors what types of sea life were in the area. They were also very stern in their warnings not to take rocks from the park. I left with my pockets empty of rocks, but my camera roll was full. 

Here’s a smattering of coastal photos. Enjoy!

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