Today was exciting!
Today, I drove along the central Oregon coast, along the beautiful and scenic US 101. It seems to wind along the entirety of the Oregon coast.
I left the Salishan Resort, where I am staying, on my way to see Thor’s Well, which was about an hour from my starting point.
Much of the trip was along the steep and rocky coast lines, with the rocks on one side and the gorgeous, expansive ocean on the other.
My first stop was at Moolack Beach. It’s a funny name, but a beautiful place. Here are a few photos!
SIGNAGE LEADING TO THE BEACH
There are lots of warnings about the tsunamis!
PHOTOS FROM THE VIEWING AREA NEAR THE ROAD
In the photo below, you can see the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse far on the left.
I walked down the dangerous slope and onto the beach. The photos were worth the danger of falling flat on my face!
I don’t know what this plant life is, but it looked like green hair. Very beautiful and mysterious!
I don’t know what this was. It looked like a jelly substance. It wasn’t cold enough to be ice. I did NOT touch it, whatever it was.
I don’t know what it’s called when there’s beach, then a watery area, and then more beach, and then finally the ocean. Is this a tide pool? No idea. Anyway, it’s gorgeous.
I didn’t mean to look off into the distance, so this photo is a happy accident. Why do I always wear the same hat in all my vacation photos? Because I only own one hat.
View from the beach up to the lucky folks who own this beachfront property.
Driftwood and giant “pebbles” along the beach. They were smooth and many of them were HUGE.
Close up photo of the large, smooth beach rocks. I wanted to take one home, but my suitcase weighed 43.7 pounds on the way here. I didn’t want to try my luck.
I might have nightmares about whatever this thing / these were. I did not touch whatever this is, but it was intriguing. It appears that something formerly living washed ashore, with eggs attached. Those orb looking things were translucent and looked like egg sacks to me. So, I did not touch.
Next, I drove down the road to Cape Perpetua area, which is where Thor’s Well is located. I am not sure I saw THE Thor’s Well, but I saw beautiful and dangerous looking ocean formations around the area.
The walk down this trail was MUCH less treacherous and scary. It was paved almost all the way down.
This area is near Thor’s Well, but based on the Google images, this is not actually Thor’s Well. I think Thor’s Well was just down the way a bit.
I blended in with my The North Face jacket. The color, however, made me stand out. The color of my face probably also made me stand out.
This is me at Cape Perpetua.
Me trying to not look hella afraid of the crashing waves behind me.
A lady came up to me and said “I LOVE YOUR FASHION! YOU ARE DRESSED PERFECTLY!” Then, she instructed me to look like I was climbing on this thing. So, I did, and I have the only non-selfie photo featuring me. This was some kind of petrified thing, perhaps? I don’t know…it was a hard thing that was on the beach that didn’t appear to be a rock.
This is the area that I thought was Thor’s Well, but I was incorrect. There was no cellular service, so I could not Google the images and see if I was right or wrong. I think this is called the Devil’s Chasm (or the other area opposite this one is perhaps the Devil’s Chasm). So, perhaps I saw something belonging to the Devil instead of Thor. Very impressive, no matter what this is called.
It truly is a devilish chasm. You can’t see the bottom or pretty much anything other than the angry waves smashing around. And look at the GORGEOUS color of the algae, or whatever that is growing on the rocks. Gosh, that green is one of the most beautiful.
This is a view from near the Devil’s Chasm, looking up onto a bridge along US 101.
Admiring the gorgeous green colors and the volcanic rocks.
I had a wonderful day. These photos truly do not do the central Oregon coast justice. There are so, so many natural formations and other things to see here. I’ll be back!