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Port of Garibaldi

January 24, 2015

Growing up in central California with a scuba diving dad, to me “garibaldi” has always meant a bright orange pacific coast fish. Although I don’t recall, I may have even seen one of these colorful specimens amongst the kelp forests of Catalina or near one of the Channel Islands while snorkeling as a child. Since Garibaldi don’t range as far north as Oregon, I never suspected a relationship between the northern Oregon fishing town of Garibaldi and the Garibaldi damselfish. While researching the...

Yaquina Bay Bridgehead Day Use Area

January 4, 2015

According to Oregon.gov, an average of 16,500 vehicles per day cross the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon. You can get close-up bridge photos and even touch one of massive pillars supporting all this traffic at the Yaquina Bay Bridgehead Day Use Area. Perfectly suited for imbibing in the bayside sights, you can appreciate the novelty of this unique location while walking, resting, and picnicking, beneath this stunning architectural wonder. A supreme view and optimal terrain make this an...

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area

December 29, 2014

Lincoln County contains 60 miles of Oregon coastline. Through the efforts of governor Oswald West in 1913, coupled with 1967 legislation, this pristine shoreline and all of the Oregon coast is “forever open to the public.” There is a loophole to this mandate: while foot traffic to Oregon’s beaches cannot be restricted, businesses and neighborhoods can prevent parking to those not guests, patrons, or members, thus making access prohibitively far for some. Sections of the Oregon coast are adept...

Kilchis Point Reserve

December 11, 2014

Education meets recreation at Kilchis Point Reserve. Native plant gardens, a walking path, and abundant interpretive signs comprise a self-guided outdoor museum just a block from the south end of Bay City. It’s obvious those who have contributed their time to developing, improving, and tending Kilchis Point Reserve have done so with pride and care. The parking lot could be pavement, or even gravel, yet is laid with cobblestone pavers, embellished with an ornamental circle. The cobblestones...

Barview Jetty County Park

November 15, 2014

Rain was predicted for the entire week. Regardless, my husband and I headed out for a fall camping trip based at Nehalem Bay State Park. The sun played tag with the clouds as we meandered up the 101, 10-foot travel trailer in tow behind our 4-cylinder small SUV. These weather conditions were perfect for – you guessed it – rainbows! And we were granted a splendid show. In the last half of our travel, we saw not less than a half dozen of these beautiful tricks of light. They varied in vibrancy,...

Roundup: Oregon Coast Lighthouses

October 23, 2014

Lighthouses bear an air of mystique. Tragedy, hauntings, beauty, calamities, restorations – whether presently active or decommissioned, each of Oregon’s coastal lighthouses has a colored past and a rich story to tell.

Thinking of a lighthouse as merely a uniquely shaped building set in a beautiful, dramatic location with the sea at its feet does not even begin to do it justice. It’s worth reflecting on the purpose of these coastal guardians.

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