Images of the Oregon Coast

We’re back on the Oregon Coast for a while, and over the years we’ve made a number of posts to describe the beauty here. This time around, we ran out of any new things to post, and so for those of you who haven’t read or don’t remember our old posts, I’ve selected a few of our favorites to share with you.

On our first trip to Oregon, we crossed the Columbia from Washington into Astoria, an interesting town with lots of Lewis and Clark history. We’ve always been interested in their travels, and made a visit to Cape Disappointment and the spot where they first stepped foot into the Pacific Ocean. It was a gloomy day, but even so the view was impressive.

Lewis and Clark Historic Site, Cape Disappointment OR

Traveling down the coast we came to the little town of Yahchats (Yah-hots) where we chuckled at the site of this clever landscaping in front of a motel.

A rare sighting – the little known and very rare Burrowing Lawn Whale

A bit south of Yachats and near Newport is the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, a BLM site that offers an amazing visitor center, beautifully restored lighthouse, and large area of tide pools. Brenda and I later spent a late summer volunteering as visitor center hosts and tide pool guides.

Yaquina Head – the tide pools were located below the viewing overlook on the right

In Bandon is a wayside that overlooks Face Rock, named for the legend of an indian princess that while swimming was stolen from her tribe by an evil spirit but who refuses to remain under the sea. Looking at the rock, it’s easy to see her upturned face.

Face Rock

During a raging winter storm, I caught this image of the waves – look closely….the princess appears in the largest wave! Maybe it’s not a legend after all!

The Princess in the Wave

And finally, a look back at my time as a tide pool “guide”. Being able to spend time on the tide pools with the crashing waves and screaming gulls, surrounded by rugged basalt rock “sea stacks” was an amazing experience. Here’s my favorite image, complete with a Harbor Seal pup in the middle to give it perspective.

Stegosaurus Rock on Cobble Beach, Yaquina Head

We’ll see how this looks on our new blog and look forward to reading your comments. We’ll be leaving the coast for Idaho in a few weeks to spend the summer in Northern Idaho. If your plans include a visit to Farragut State Park or Coeur d’Alene this summer, look us up!

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