Spending a couple of days at the coast always recharges my batteries! The rhythmic sound of the waves crashing onto the shore is calming. And calm is what I’ve been needing lately. It seems like there is never break from all the bad stuff happening here at home and also around the globe. I find it more difficult to tune all this out when I’m at home, but when we escape to the beach all of the stress seems to float away with the waves.
So when we finally booked a room at our favorite hotel in Lincoln City recently, the weather forecast promptly changed to rain. Cancel or go anyway? We decided to go and crossed our fingers for the weather to be okay. When we arrived, the sky was mostly overcast with a little sun peeking through the clouds now and then.
The next morning, after a cup of coffee on the balcony I headed out for a long walk along the beach and Siletz Bay. There were fluffy clouds in the sky and the outgoing tide gave me a chance to look at the barnacles and tiny tide pools in the normally submerged rocks along the shore.
I turned left to head south on the beach when suddenly a rather large, light colored bird came into my view. For a moment I wondered if it was a giant gull because of its flight pattern, but instead it turned out to be this incredible osprey. As he sailed past me I got a good look and some photos as well.
Ospreys have a wingspan of about 66 inches!
The clouds, morning mist and sunlight were spectacular!
Off I went towards Siletz Bay!
I noticed that the bay looked completely different from what it used to look like.
A local, who walks this stretch of beach daily, mentioned a super tide.
It not only left this “lake” behind, but also washed away much of the driftwood and dunes.
That must have been one powerful high tide!
Across the inlet from here is another beach where large groups of harbor seals hang out. The “re-arranged” bay now has what you could call a sandy peninsula and this helped getting a little closer to the seals and this lone great blue heron.
Seals don’t like kayaks and promptly fled into the water when one approached.
The kayaker caused quite a commotion, even though he stayed far away.
Then I walked along the now narrow strip of beach towards the Siletz River.
I had never seen these rocks along here exposed before.
A few steps farther I got some crabbing lessons …
… straight from the expert!
This adventure is to be continued …