Oregon Central Coast

Beach Good
Oregon Central Coast Beach

Oregon’s Central coast is spectacular at any time of the year and earlier this week I spent a day walking on beaches and re-exploring the area with a friend who volunteers for CoastWatch.

Heceta Head
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

CoastWatch volunteers watch mile-long segments of the Oregon shoreline and report on natural changes and human impact. It was a lovely warm day with a somewhat high – low tide. After studying the tide table we climbed over craggy volcanic rocks to reach the beach which was snuggled back along a stretch of coast near the Spouting Horn and Cook’s Chasm.

Spouting Horn
Spouting Horn
Central Oregon Coast
Oregon Central Coast

The Spouting Horn is a “salt-water fountain driven by the power of the ocean tide and waves”. It’s dangerous at high tide and during winter storms. A nearby tidewater inlet, Cook’s Chasm, is named after British Captain James Cook who explored Oregon’s Central Coast seeking the Pacific entrance to a Northwest Passage.

Gray Whale Fluke
Gray Whale Fluke

Of course we both hoped to spot a migrating gray whale spouting on the horizon but sadly didn’t see any of those magnificent creatures. The headlands tower over the coast and hiking trails lead from the beach to the top where on a clear day you can see 70 miles of coastline and 37 miles out to sea!

The Siuslaw National Forest Service manages the protected area. We stopped at the visitor center where they said two whales were seen earlier in the day.

Newport Bridge

Meandering along Highway 101 we spent a carefree day stopping for coffee and visiting lighthouses and galleries in Florence, Yachats, and Newport where we enjoyed a long, chatty lunch. After a six-month trip abroad, I’ve been back in Oregon for almost a month. Spending time at the coast reminds me of one reason Oregon is so dear.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.