One final post.....driving home from Bandon the following day, I took my time and revisited a couple of fave coastline spots.
|Heceta Head Lighthouse|
Such as the Heceta Head Lighthouse, just north of Florence. The most scenic lighthouse on the entire West Coast (IMHO). An overlook directly off Hwy 101 provides photographers this iconic view.
Then just a few miles further north, is the fabulous Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. I spent lots of time here last year watching the waves pound this unique coastline. Another stop was definitely in order.
|Cook's Chasm and Spouting Horn|
I didn't feel like hiking all the way down to water level, so this time I lingered on the overlook above. A perfect place to take in all the wave action!
The tide was coming in fast and furious. I had a great birds-eye view of famous "Thor's Well," a large circular opening in the rocky shoreline. Incoming waves filled its void, then the water was dramatically sucked down with the outgoing sea. A fascinating sight to see, I could've watched this cycle for hours.
|Thar she blows!|
Although Thor's Well was entertaining on its own, I was equally drawn to Cook's Chasm and it's famous "Spouting Horn." With each incoming wave, seawater rushed down a narrow canyon. An especially large wave would force water through an adjacent hole in the rock wall, until it sprayed up like a whale's spout. Oh so fun to watch! (And photograph too)
|Big wave splash|
Oh, it was a shame I had to go home....despite the noisy neighbors and warmer than usual weather, I'd had a great time exploring the Bandon area. But I'd left this bit of paradise with fond memories and lots of photographs.
Now to catch up with all the fantastic wildflower hikes I've been doing lately! :)
If you've missed any of my Spring 2016 Oregon Coast trip posts, here's all the links:
Weekend in Bandon
Fabulous Morning in Bandon
Cape Blanco Lighthouse and Another Sunset
Shore Acres State Park
The Best Sunset