Two years ago I fell in love with the beauty of Yaquina Head Lighthouse. We visited on a cloudy day, and again when the sun was shining. Both were spectacular, and very different.
It was a must-see again this stop, so Friday we drive north to the other side of town. The Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area includes a wonderful visitors' center - probably the best one I've seen.
Covering the geology and ecosystem, plus the history of the lighthouse, the center is full of great information. We enjoy the video about the challenges of building the lighthouse.
|The video is shown inside a "ship".|
|I love that the VC is set in the reclaimed quarry - much prettier!|
|Yaquina Head Lighthouse, 1873|
|Eroding basalt gives us a black sand beach.|
|Nesting Cormorants and their chicks.|
|Fuzzy baby sea gulls and one adult.|
|High tide hides the secrets of the tide pools.|
|The tallest of the Oregon lighthouses at 92 feet - she's a beauty.|
|Two years ago the rocks were covered with Common Muir. This year, only Cormorant.|
|A Harbor Seal watches the tourists on the beach.|
|Love the freckles.|
New places and surprise discoveries are a wonderful part of this life - AND revisiting special places is just as much fun.
Our next location is one of those special places - Saturday we move to beautiful Astoria for our last stop in Oregon for a few weeks.