Friday, February 24, 2012

Oregon: Pacific Coast Interlude

Last Sunday afternoon Mark and I headed to the coast at Bandon. There had been the possibility of 25 foot breakers, but we didn't find any of those. What we found was the freshness and beauty of the north Pacific. We started on the north side of the mouth of the Coquille by the old light house, picked our way over the amazing amount of  driftwood, and walked out on the long jetty.


We drove around to the south side of the river mouth and wandered down that beach. The tide was out and we were able to see a bit of sea life in a tidal pool.


There were a few fishermen stalking the beach looking for surf perch.


We didn't see any caught, so I got this photo off the internet. There are several species living all along the coast, and there seems to be a very active group of anglers going after them.


On the way back to camp we looked for Roosevelt Elk at all the Elk Crossing signs, and then, after we had stopped looking, we came upon some in a field right outside the town of Coquille.


I had managed to stay ahead of most of the waves, but I got caught once and got a good soaking just over ankle high. So, back at the lodge, it was time to settle back and get my wet boots in front of the fire for awhile.

6 comments:

  1. Your last post had me longing for spring with all the lush green vegetation and now you post this. You wouldn't think a guy from Kansas could give a hoot about the ocean , but being a scuba diver I've seen it's wondrous beauty and therefore it's never far from my thoughts.
    One more post and you might just wake up with me sitting on your front porch the next morning!!
    Seriously though...Beautiful pics , really enjoyed them.

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    1. Ha! Come on out. Yes, I treasure each chance to get to the ocean. Something in us longs for the "cradle endlessly rocking."

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  2. Wow! Amazing coast! When the mothership was going in different directions she was certainly letting it all hang out. Stunning.

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    1. Glad you liked it. I like that rocky Maine coast, too.

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  3. Jim,
    That's beautiful.
    A fire burning, good reading, it's a wonderful life.

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    1. It is indeed. Glad you see the beauty in that photo.

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