Scenic Road Trip: Oregon Coast (Part 1)

sea star
sea star

Our seventh day on the road was started with a tide pool walk.

tide pools
tide pools

Not at all how I had mentally pictured it, walking on sandy beaches peering into puddles full of interesting sea creatures! No, it involved clambering over kelp covered, slippery rocks, practically standing on your head to peer into the cracks & crevasses, reaching under slimy rocks in hopes that when you flipped them over there would be an interesting creature or two.

under a rock
under a rock

All that while keeping your balance and trying your best not to step on anything living. I failed at the last two several times, including one thudding fall onto a jagged rock. Ouch! But in between the challenges it was so awesome to view all these interesting creatures in their habitat.

sea star
another sea star
critters in the cracks
critters in the cracks

We were lucky to be there on a day of extremely low tides so there was lots to discover!critter

anemone
Anemone
covered in kelp
covered in kelp
hanging around
sea stars hanging around under the rocks

In addition to the critters we could see up close the sea lions were off shore just a bit, playing and making quite a racket! It was great to take this walk with one of the park rangers, she was great at helping us discover things and explaining how the different animals lived in this rocky place.

sea lions
sea lions

This was probably one of our favorite days of vacation! We saw & did so many things I’m breaking the day into three blog posts just to get it all in! Next post we’ll move from the rocky shore to the sand dunes, stay tuned!

Scenic Road Trip: Northern California Coast and beyond

It’s been a while since I’ve posted images from our trip west, the last one was from the Giant Redwoods. For today’s post we finally made it to the coast! I absolutely LOVE being by the ocean, a river, a lake….heck sometimes just a tiny pond will do! Having never seen the Pacific Ocean before I was excited to explore so we made a lot of stops along our route.

We started off near Klamath, California and by the time we made camp that evening we were in Oregon. Near Klamath we hiked down the side of a cliff to get a close view of the ocean, this little snail was on the trail. Despite the signs assurance that it was just 1/2 of a mile, the straight down & straight back up aspect of the hike was a brutal way to start the day. But we didn’t need to worry about getting much more exercise after that excursion!

The day started with a light fog/mist and then cleared off into a beautifully sunny day. Perfect for exploring the coast! 
I was more than a little obsessed taking images of the beautiful rocks and the waves that crashed upon them!  I’m fairly certain that the rest of these images were taken after we crossed over into Oregon. 


The afternoon sun just sparkled on the water!  We made it to a campground that night and were looking forward to the next few days…all of them spent along the ocean. Look for more images next time!

Lynne