Outstanding Yaquina Head

yaquina  027yaquina  001yaquina  032Hector and I found the name Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area a bit unusual.  But we discovered that an Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) is a Bureau of Land Management designation established by Congress “primarily to protect unique scenic, scientific, educational, and recreational values.  Recreation activities focus on education and interpretation of the ONA’s unique resources”.  So there.yaquina  046

June reportedly has the most negative tides of the year in Oregon.  So we visited Yaquina Head’s tide pools during low tide on days when there was a negative tide. The weather was variable as is the norm around here, from sunshine to wind to rain. yaquina  035

As we walked down to the appropriately named “Cobble Beach” we encountered multiple groups of students with teachers and several rangers.  It was fun, but quite noisy.  Overhearing bits of the lesson, it sounded like a great day of learning.

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The Central Oregon Coast

waldport  020waldport  001Our second stop in Oregon was in the town of Waldport, on the Central Oregon Coast.

Best known for its beautiful bridge across Alsea Bay where the Alsea River meets the Pacific Ocean.waldport  002waldport  018 Continue reading

Beautiful Oregon

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate dress” – Oregon coastal saying from the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway brochure

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Bandon  002We finally arrived in beautiful Oregon.

And, Island Girl, who was originally purchased new in Oregon (she wound up in Colorado where we found her) has returned home at least for a little while.Bandon  003 Continue reading

Honey, the Ocean is on the Wrong Side

SD  056SD  008After having spent three and a half months crossing this big continent, we’ve finally arrived at our winter destination, San Diego, California. And will stay here for a couple of months.  To think that just last year around this time we were in Fort Lauderdale, Everglades National Park and Key West,  Florida. SD  050

 

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