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2016-08-03  
Cobble Beach Tide Pools, OR
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Cobble Beach Tide Pools, OR 
Cobble Beach Tide Pools, OR
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2016
black_toes
Hiking0.47 Miles 60 AEG
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60 ft AEG
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For some reason the winds around Newport on Oregon's central coast blew unmercifully during our few days there, and so it was no surprise that on the high point north of town, at Yaquina Head, we were smacked by a gale of cool north air so strong I could not close the car door. At the lighthouse the wind was even more fierce, and so in seeking shelter we dropped down a steep staircase to Cobble Beach, also known as Cobblestone Beach. And thus by accident arrived at one of the highlights of our two weeks in Oregon. Tide pools full of sea life.

The tide was coming in, but about half way between high and low, and the pools were still land-locked. There we found dozens of other eager observers trodding on rough lava rock and large, smooth (cobble) stones of basalt to see the green anemones, purple sea urchins, mussels, etc. Kids and even adults were giddy, jumping from one pool to another in search for elusive stars. A BLM ranger walked the shore. Another at the base of the staircase handed out information about sea life that might be found here. Very nice place we stumbled onto. And the great thing about Oregon's coastline and beaches is that none is private. I think I could live here.
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