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Muriel O. Ponsler: The Woman Behind the Wayside

June 22, 2015

If you’ve driven between Florence and Yachats, you’ve passed the sign for Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial Wayside at the north end of coastal Lane County. When adding this beach to 100 Steps, I asked the natural question: Who was Muriel O. Ponsler? According to a plaque on site, the park is named for a loved one of Jack C. Ponsler, who donated the land to the State Parks in dedication to his wife Muriel after…

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Florence Ferry Landing Overlook

June 8, 2015

Stepping onto the moss-encrusted brick path leading to the Ferry Landing Overlook in Florence allows reflection of a time more than eight decades ago when traveling the coast required ferries and beach driving (bring along a shovel!), and the rivers were significant boundaries rather than places to view picturesque bridges. Next to Old Town Park, close yet tucked away from Florence’s main drag, the Florence Ferry Landing Overlook allows easy walking in an enjoyable setting…

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Yaquina Bay South Jetty

April 30, 2015

From the Yaquina Bay South Jetty, you can see all of Newport’s most prominent man-made features. The Yaquina Bay Bridge spans the water to the east. The historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is nestled in the trees to the northwest. And Yaquina Head Lighthouse sits regally on a jut of land to the north. There are better places in Newport to view each of these landmarks individually, but the Yaquina Bay South Jetty is uniquely positioned…

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Devils Kitchen

April 19, 2015

An online search provided inconclusive results, the text vague and photo subjects inconsistent. Wikipedia led me to an undefined page. Google Maps provided a pin that seemed wrong, so I spent more time looking. A city of Bandon map finally convinced me of the location (which coincides with Google’s map pin). What was the target of my search you ask? Haystack Rock in Coos County. I knew it was one of the Oregon coast’s trio…

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