April 13, 2016: Catching up by Going Backwards

To those who have been faithfully checking my blog since my last post three weeks ago , I salute you for your diligence – thank you!!!

I’m catching up on my posts and to do so, I need to go back to October of last year when we visited Oregon.  While I did post about our stay and the places we visited, I was hung up on trying to post about Heceta Beach and the other places we visited afterwards.  Why did I get hung up…way too many images make a decision on once I eliminated the non-keepers.  And, I haven’t even approached the Oregon Air and Space Museum in McMinnville nor the Oregon Aquarium.  Yes, I need to catch up.

Over time, I did boil the Heceta Beach photos to a “handful” that I would like to share with you.  Additionally, this post serves as the connector between our visit in October and our recent “mini-vacation” in Oregon we took this last month.  The upside to this delayed post is that it allows a very dramatic comparison between the beach during calm and stormy weather.

Heceta Beach is, quite simply, a beautiful beach.  It’s nestled within a very rugged coastline, it’s easily accessible via Highway 101, and it’s invigorating to walk along the beach breathing in salt-laden air as you explore the many caves and look at the barnacle encrusted rocks or walk within the girders of Oregon’s only aqueduct bridge.

As this is a combined post, I’ll begin with the October photos first and at the end, display the corresponding pair of October / March photos next.  There will also be a few photos from Thor’s Well from both October and March as well.

All photo’s taken with a Nikon Df.  The March 2016 photo shoot was adventuresome with high winds, blowing surf, rain, and mist all about.  The wind gusts hit 50 to 75 mph while we were on the walking path at Thor’s Well.  It was exhilarating but I would never want to be in those seas during storms.

Heceta Beach…breathtaking view

View of Heceta Beach and the Cape Creek Bridge from the lighthouse bluff

View of Heceta Beach and the Cape Creek Bridge from the lighthouse bluff

The lighthouse....

The lighthouse….

The Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's dwelling - you can now rent rooms if you wish

The Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s dwelling – you can now rent rooms if you wish

 

 

Looking south from the lighthouse bluff

Looking south from the lighthouse bluff

Looking south from the lighthouse bluff

Birds feeding below the lighthouse bluff

Looking south from the lighthouse bluff

Seagulls near the water’s edge

More seagulls

More seagulls

My wife relaxing in one of the many caves below the lighthouse bluff

My wife relaxing in one of the many caves below the lighthouse bluff

A view of the ocean from one of the caves

A view of the ocean from one of the caves

Cape Creek bridge. This is the only aqueduct bridge in Oregon.

River channel under the Cape Creek bridge. This is the only aqueduct bridge in Oregon.

Supporting girders under the Cape Creek bridge

Supporting girders under the Cape Creek bridge

Heceta Beach Lighthouse - view from the Seal Cave building, south of Heceta Beach

Heceta Beach Lighthouse – view from the Seal Cave building, south of Heceta Beach

Views from October 2015 and March 2016

Thor’s Well and Spouting Horn, Cape Perpetual (click images to enlarge)

Heceta Beach Lighthouse - view from the Seal Cave building, south of Heceta Beach

October 2015: View of Thor’s Well from the Highway 101 viewpoint. My wife is standing about 15 – 20 feet away taking videos as the water drains.

March 2016: Thor's Well is just the the upper left of the middle line of rocks in the image

March 2016: Thor’s Well is just the the upper left of the middle line of rocks in the image

October 2016: Spouting Horn

October 2016: Spouting Horn

March 2016: Spouting Horn

March 2016: Spouting Horn

October 2015: Coastline looking north from the Highway 101 viewing area

October 2015: Coastline looking north from the Highway 101 viewing area

March 2016: North view from Highway 101 viewing area

March 2016: North view from Highway 101 viewing area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heceta Beach

October 2016: View of Heceta Beach and the Cape Creek Bridge from the lighthouse bluff

October 2016: View of Heceta Beach and the Cape Creek Bridge from the lighthouse bluff

March 2016: View of Heceta Beach from the Lighthouse Bluff. October 2016: Heceta Beach looking south from the lighthouse bluff.

March 2016: View of Heceta Beach from the Lighthouse Bluff. Note: directly below the lighthouse bluff is where the caves are located

October 2015: Cape Creek bridge. This is the only aqueduct bridge in Oregon.

October 2015: River channel under the Cape Creek bridge. This is the only aqueduct bridge in Oregon.

March 2016: Storm waves going up to the Cape Creek bridge

March 2016: Storm waves going up to the Cape Creek bridge

 

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