Cape Perpetua

August 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

On Saturday, I spent the day at Cape Perpetua, between the towns of Yachats and Florence, Oregon. In the morning, I visited Heceta Head Lighthouse:

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And then then went to Cape Petpetua itself, where there ocean has eroded the volcanic basalt shoreline into a craggy, irregular form.
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There are several chasms cut into the shore, like the Devil’s Churn:
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The waves are supposed especially impressive during high tide. I wasn’t there during high tide in the afternoon, but the waves were still not bad:
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I also went down the shore to Thor’s Well, a large hole in the basalt where water can come in from below or pour down into it. Once again, not high tide, but still impressive:
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I came back much later in the day, hoping for a combination of sunset and high tide, but no. The sun was behind clouds the entire time, and it ended up getting dark before high tide. I was still impressed by the ocean’s power there:
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And I ended up running from large waves a lot:
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