Whalen Island, Oregon

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Tillicum Beach was lovely, and we saw some fantastic sunsets over the ocean, but as you can see from the picnic table this is a damp, often rainy area, and we were ready to move north in the hopes of finding some sun.

We found a nice little county park a bit north of Tillicum. Whalen Island is actually a peninsula that bounds the Clay Meyers estuary on it’s east side. We took an early morning walk in the estuary, at low tide. The floor of the estuary is sandy and quite easy to walk on when the bay is empty.

We knew that our walk would be 6 feet under in a couple of hours, but we caught the morning rush hour traffic of the local fauna before the tide.

Blue Heron.

Springtail. While this looks like shrimp it’s really an insect.

After the walk, with the tide coming in, we headed out into the estuary in our kayaks.  Remember, an estuary, unlike a lagoon which is often cut off from the sea, has an opening to the ocean.  Estuaries are actually the mouths of rivers where the meet the sea.  There is usually some mixing of salt and fresh water in the river, but the large bay that is the estuary is for the most part salt water.

The Old Man and the Seal Lion.

There were some nice rollers coming off the breakers at the sand bar beyond the estuary and we had some wild surf rides. It was the first time I actually got to dip my paddle in the Pacific Ocean…Very Nice.

That’s it for Oregon. We will finish off the northern coast as we head to Washington tomorrow.

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  1. Cowabunga, Dude!!

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