Cape Perpetua Coast, Oregon

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Oregon has lots of beaches, but there are also many rocky headlands that are equally beautiful. The basalt strewn coast at Cape Perpetua is one of the most striking, with several amazing features. The rocky parts of the Oregon Coast are much like the rocky parts of the Maine Coast, with the exception being the rock is basalt instead of granite. It’s difficult walking, but there are lots of booming sea caves, crashing waves and spouting spray when the tide is coming in. Delightfully, all of the Oregon Coast in open to the public and there is plenty of access to it.

Starfish abound on the rocks. These are about 6″ to 8″ in width.

This area of the coast is a frenzy of exploding surf, spray, and blowholes during the incoming tide.

Below is Thor’s Well. This circular pit in the basalt near the edge of a large flat shelf of rock has a hidden opening to the tide. Large waves swell violently up into the Well, then drain back out as the wave recedes.

Here’s a link to an animation of Thor’s Well in action

Coastal Wildflowers

Much as it may look like a garden, these are wildflowers on the bluff above the coast.

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