Wednesday, June 24, 2009
No, not my state of mind, but on the Oregon coast! Unfortunately, working as I am I didn’t get the chance to explore the opportunity for tide-pooling and gaping except for a quick photo trip to the Empire boat launch on my way to work this morning. Low tide actually wasn’t due to hit until about 9:30 a.m. two hours after I took these photos. The mid coast of Oregon was experiencing minus 3 feet tides, as low as it’s possible to get.
Along the coast a vast array became visual, from sea creatures to sunken ships to the infamous Devil’s Punchbowl which allowed visitors to walk inside its slimy cauldron. Also visible was the ghostly forest of 2000 year old tree stumps usually under the sea in Nescowin, inundated with a sea level rise centuries ago. Scuttlebutt said the tides were as low as they might be for the next ten years. Wow, too bad Marc has to miss the clamming! Despite it all, some adventurous boaters were still trying to launch.