Adventures Down the Oregon Coast
|A benign jelly-fish-like creature that wall all over the beach.|
As we headed south the dramatic volcanic coves faded into the fog and transformed into broad windswept beaches. Tierra del Mar, just north of Pacific City, is an amazing beach banded by sand dunes, and one of the only pieces of coast in the pacific northwest you can drive up onto, at your own risk! We tested Dewey's all weather tires out on the sand, and after a few donuts deemed them sufficient. We parked as close to the water as we could, and set up shop. Soup on our Coleman Stove was on the menu, and we drank boxed wine out of our camp cups.
The clouds turned pink and periwinkle; the film of water left behind from low tide shone like a mirror to the sky. Wispy left overs turned grey and deep purple, then the sun disappeared behind them; the final show were hot pink sun bursts through the haze. After dinner we stood in awe as the moon rose up east behind the forested hills, the golden-orange glow so bright it demanded our attention. But, as we stood entranced, the tide rose.
Camping isn't allowed at Tierra del Mar, so we figured it was time to get on the road and find a place to call home for the night. But, when we accelerated, the wheels made a too-familiar grrrr sound. We were stuck. But, just as the panicky-pit in stomach feeling sunk in, two local kids, Brandon and Timber pulled up in a lifted truck and asked, "you stuck?"
The next morning we started our day at the Grateful Bread Bakery in Pacific City, and had the best scones I've ever eaten. Even if you don't think you're a scone person, go here, and you're world will be turned upside down.
Once the coffee took a hold, we hopped back on the road. We stopped at a beach in Newskowin where once resistant shore line had receded, but left a couple of forested volcanic islands that looked like bonzai tree arangements and an elk pranced down the beach. Just south of there, we pulled off at a viewpoint, with no plan in mind, and read about the Cascade Head Nature Reserve on one of the old yellow plastic information boards (good things come to those who read). We had never heard of the area, and it sounded beautiful so we decided to head there.
|Tongue like appendage on Darlingtona.|
|Flowers in bloom.|