Sunday, November 7, 2010

October 8. Going Down Oregon Coast.

This is what disturbs me about the Pacific area.
See that line of houses over there?
 They're on a tiny strip of land
between the ocean and the water that flows in behind it.
 I live on a barrier island
 and this state of affairs in the Pacific scares me.

I don't know what that bright green is but I like it.

Would not want to live here.

We don't have this on the Atlantic side,
 but I see it all over the Pacific side.
 There are these inlets/inflows
that come in from the ocean.
 Hard to explain, but it's weird.
It's like an ocean/lake.

Oregon has neat bridges.

Like I said, I would not want to live here.
The ocean is horribly rough,
 the homes are right down on the rocks,
 there's a huge cliff going straight up,
 there are tsunami warnings everywhere,
and I don't feel safe.

Check out the highway.
 Once again, there's a sheer cliff going down.

This is the Heceta Head Lighthouse
 located on the Oregon Coast, Highway 101,
about 13 miles north of Florence, Oregon.
 Built in 1894, the 56-foot tall lighthouse
 shines a beam visible for 21 miles,
making it the strongest light on the Oregon Coast.
Heceta Lighthouse is named after the Spanish explorer Bruno de Heceta,
who explored the Pacific Northwest during the late 18th century.
 In 1892, a crew of 56 constructed the light.
 Because of the building's seclusion, building materials
 were either shipped in if the weather and tide permitted
 or brought from Florence by wagon,
 which usually took four or five hours.
The project was completed in August 1893 at a cost of $80,000.
The Heceta Head Light and Keepers Quarters
was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978
 for its architectural and engineering significance.

Looks like an osprey nest.

No sunset today.
Sniff. Sniff.

Did I mention it's really windy?


Marilyn said...

It looks quite gloomy and cold. Some of those places also look like perfect settings for a murder mystery.

Anonymous said...

I've never been to the left coast, but your photos are just how I'd imagined it: steep rocky cliffs, gnarly majestic trees, rough pounding surf, and damp gray beach. Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing Rosie!
Mona from NOLA
P.S. what was that canvas covering the bridge, clearance 15'8'?

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Mar, it was gloomy and chilly. We experienced typical northwest Pacific weather.

And Mona from NOLA, I have no idea why the canvas was on the bridge.

By the way, we just left Nawlins.
Did the Bourbon Street crawl.
(Blog post forthcoming.)

Marion said...

Rosie, Rosie, Rosie. You need to inform your readers you live *exactly* at "The Graveyard of the Atlantic". I've never been to Oregon, but if you go up the Atlantic coast into New England, the coast does look a bit like this - sharp cliffs down to the water. I'm not sure, but I don't think they get nor'easters nor hurricanes....mudslides and forest fires, though. Stomping on the kelp in La Jolla was fun, though.

Anonymous said...

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Hope to hear from you :)