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Posts Tagged ‘Oregon Coast tide pools’

Weekend’s Rock!

Posted by Jody on December 30, 2012

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock is located near Cannon Beach on the North coast of Oregon, Haystack Rock is a unique monolith that attracts wildlife and tourists alike. Towering 235 feet over the beach, the Rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer and marine invertebrates all year long. It is one of the largest “sea stacks” on America’s Pacific coast.

The rocky reefs of Haystack Rock and the neighboring Needles have abundant and rich intertidal life. Tidepoolers are drawn to its wonders every day. As many as 200,000 people visit Haystack Rock every year, mostly during the summer months when the tidepools are teeming and the nesting seabirds, proudly showing off breeding plumage, are busy introducing little ones into the world. Haystack Rock is protected under Fish and Wildlife regulations as a Marine Garden and a seabird nesting refuge.

Source: City of Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon

We stop for a leisurely barefoot stroll on Cannon Beach every time we visit Oregon’s wild and wonderful coast.  The wide, sandy shoreline somehow always seems uncrowded.  Cannon Beach’s beautiful, clean strand is  always worth the time.

Be sure to bring your binoculars so you can spot the well-coiffed resident Tufted Puffins throughout the spring and summer months!


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Travel Theme: Animals – Tidepooling in Bandon, Oregon

Posted by Greg on October 10, 2012

This way to the beach! Sunset in Bandon, Oregon

Jody and I just returned from the Oregon coast where we did two of my favorite things: exploring tidepools and seeing the grandkids (more on that soon)! The best tidepools we were able to visit close to low tide were in Bandon, a small sea coast town in southwestern Oregon, about 90 miles north of the California boarder. We stayed at a nice motel right at the beach on Coquille Point,  where we,  in shorts and water sandals, were able to head right down the stairs to investigate the beach. The late evening air and cold ocean water combined to create a numbing effect. Boy, did we freeze our fingers and toes! We were undeterred, though. The landscape was amazing, and the amount of life in the tidepools was impressive.

Take a closer look! Do you see the sea stars already?

These were the brightest green sea anemones I had ever seen. It looked like the sea stars enjoyed the real estate around the anemones, because large quantities had settled in between them. I was like a kid in a candy store! There were caves and passages in and through the huge rocks, and they were all full of tidepool animals.

We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Go ahead, get even closer!

You’ll have to get your feet wet here.

Bandon’s tidepools and rocks are teeming with colorful marine life!

Sea stars, sea anemones, mussels and barnacles in Bandon’s tide pools.

Colorful sea stars and sea anemones on Bandon’s beach.

How many sea stars?

Sea Anemones

Fellow tidepoolers enjoying a sea star supper in Bandon, Oregon.

A farewell salute from a Bandon local.

Bandon, Oregon

If you would like to read more about tide pools and tide pool animals, here are a few related posts:

Tidepool Etiquette 101 

Starfish or Sea Star?

Southern California Sea Anemones

A Visit to the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument

What Will You Find in a Southern California Tide Pool?

This week’s “Travel Theme: Animals” comes from Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack?

*Another tag-team post by Greg and Jody*


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Oceanside Beach, Oregon – Thanks for the Memories!

Posted by Jody on September 16, 2011

When our daughter Kristie attended a conference in Portland, Oregon, I tagged along to play with the grandkids while she attended the sessions.  The breathtaking beaches of the Pacific Northwest Coast are less than a two hour scenic drive from Portland.  So, with only an hour and a half drive to Tillamook, plus a few more minutes to get to Oceanside Beach, we had our day planned.

Beach View of Oceanside, Oregon (Photo by Squelle, from Wikimedia Commons)

Even though I had been to the Oregon Coast on many occasions, I had never been to Oceanside Beach.   We pinpointed the little hamlet on a map, since it is very near the Tillamook Cheese Factory.  So, after enjoying the terrific self-guided tour of this wonderful world of cheese and eating our three course lunch of squeaky cheese (cheese curds), cheese chunks and grilled cheese sandwiches, we packed the kids back into the car and headed for the coast.

Photo ©Jody Diehl

Oceanside, Oregon (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

This was an exciting day!  My grandson Liam, who was 2 ½ years old at the time, had never been to the seashore before. I couldn’t wait for him to dip his toes into the Pacific Ocean! He was so excited when he hit the sand and was soon picking up pieces of broken seashells (He’s a natural!). He was pretty amazed at the expanse of the Pacific and tentatively approached the water.  After some encouragement Liam did indeed touch the ocean. WoooHooo! Oona was there too, but she slept through the seaside excitement, as only a 6 month old could!

The beach at Oceanside, Oregon is long and wide with good, clean castle-building sand.  We didn’t find many take home beach treasures that day, but I hear that the beach is wonderful for agate hunting during the winter, when the ocean currents take sand away.  During the summer it’s great for picnicking, windsurfing, surfing, and exploring the tidepools.

We didn’t come away from beautiful Oceanside Beach, Oregon with a bucket of seashells, but we did take home some very treasured memories!

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