This was just a building on the hillside as we approached the lighthouse, but I loved the different sprays of flowers around it.
More wild flowers, and a view of the bay and the big black rocks off the shore. They were all inhabited by black cormorants, sea gulls and harbor seals (but those are for another post...)
Yaquina Head Lighthouse. They were doing tours, but the line was loooooong.
A more distant view of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Cobble Beach and the big rocks. Those black rocks in the foreground are delightfully smooth, and were created when lava flowed into the ocean and was instantly cooled, creating balls of lava that were then worn smooth by the waves. It is one heck of a leg workout to walk across those!
View in the other direction of Cobble Beach.
Another view of Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Cobble Beach.
A real live cave on the beach! So cool!
Yeesh, another shot of the lighthouse and beach. Tons of drift wood, which is the only thing you're allowed to remove from the beach.
Sploosh! The tide was coming in, and I enjoyed watching the waves slam into the rocks. This isn't a gentle coast, that's for sure.
I hope you enjoyed a little glance at a place from my childhood. Though this coast is a little more rugged than some are used to, it's definitely worth a visit. Other beaches in the area have sand, some have a combination of sand and lava rock, and at least one even features small sand dunes and agates (that would be Agate Beach).
Now for some helpful links:
First, some fun stuff from a couple bloggie pals:
DL Hammons of Cruising Altitude 2.0 is hosting WRiTE CLUB 2012, where writers duke it out to see who gets the most votes. Check out the judges and consider participating. Though it has already begun, you can still sign up to participate or vote.
Jamie Gibbs of Mithril Wisdom is having a 350 Followers Giveaway Extravaganza. The prizes are a Moleskine Passions Book Journal and a Zombie Gone Potion Pendant.
Now, some things I happened across that you may or may not sound interesting. These are not things I have researched or used myself, at this time, so please be sure to research them on your own before jumping in:
Moshbag sounds interesting. It's a platform for artists. You can find a link to their blog for more information at the top of the page I've linked to.
Short Story America is having a contest. 1st prize is $1000. Reading fee is $15. Deadline is August 25.
Virtual Writers, Inc. takes essay submissions. They don't pay, but will link to your websites/blogs/bios. They also tout themselves as a place for writers to meet each other and get information, and they have a blog. They seem to have prompts on the blog page, both word and picture.
Any helpful links you'd like to pass along? This can include blog hops or contests you're running. They will be passed along next Wednesday. Ever been to the Oregon coast? What did you think?
May you find your Muse.