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Friday, April 8, 2011

Neskowin Marsh Golf Course

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. This is a golf course. Right off Highway 101 in Neskowin is this gorgeous spread. I never realized the name of the course had the word "marsh" in it. But seriously, who would think it is a good idea to build a golf course in a location where a huge chunk of the year it is entirely under water? The birds seem to like it though. I saw a lot of ducks and geese as we walked the road next to it. Maybe they should think about converting it to a wildlife sanctuary instead ;)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bridal Veil Post Office

I was reading the local Sandy newspaper and came across this article.
About 15 minutes east up I-84 is the tiny town known as Bridal Veil. The town consists of a church, cemetary, and post office. The church is being torn down this week by the Trust for Public Lands. So essentially, 1/3 of the town will be torn down. The cemetary was damaged last year due to a trampling elk herd.

The 100 square foot, 125 year old post office is very popular. Because of the cute name of the community, many brides take their wedding invitations to the tiny building to be hand postmarked and mailed out. About two years ago I dropped off my own wedding invitations, and when I was leaving, took this photo. It would be very sad if the post office closed, but for now, according to the article, it is safe.

On a completely unrelated note, I am totally obsessed with watching the Decorah Eagles. Give yourself a couple minutes of calm. Check them out. All 3 babies have hatched now and are sooo cute!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Waves Rolling In

There is nothing "spectactular" about this photo, except for the fact that I am standing as far back on the sand as I can without stepping up on the rock stairs leading up the dunes into town. And this is at low tide. The ocean is really high right now. Normally there is about 75 yards of beach between the rock stairs leading to the sand and the edge of the waves. Not this past weekend though! During the high tide, the ocean went halfway up the rock wall, which normally doesnt even get hit by the waves. Kinda scary!

I looked up more info on this weird high tide. It sounded like a Proxigean Spring Tide. The PST is a rare, unusually high tide. This very high tide occurs when the moon is both unusually close to the Earth (at its closest perigee, called the proxigee) and in the New Moon phase (when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth). The proxigean spring tide occurs at most once every 1.5 years. The new moon occured on Sunday. This photo was taken on Saturday. However, I looked it up and our last proxigee was on March 19th, and the next not until May 6th. So I guess it was just a freaky high water for no reason after all ;)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Low Tide

This photo was taken at the lowest tide that we saw this past weekend in Neskowin, OR. This view is looking south towards Proposal Rock. The water is extremely high still, even at low tide, for this stretch of beach. Normally during low tide, the water comes in only about 1/3 of the width of the large rock, leaving the 2/3 that face land accessable. On a normal day, you can climb the rock to the top for an amazing view of the ocean stretching out as far as you can see. Not this weekend though. The ocean surrounded the entire rock and never retreated enough. The rock barrier leading up the dune into town is a foot behind me as I am taking this photo. There was only a few feet of sand in places to keep your feet dry before the waves came up and got you. This made it impossible for any good beach strolling.

Monday, April 4, 2011

I Love Daisies

We had a wonderful time at the Oregon Coast this weekend. The water at the beach was super high, even at low tide, and it limited our beach walking. So we strolled around the little village of Neskowin instead. Along one of the roads was a long strip of freshly bloomed mini-daisies. Daisies have always been one of my favorite flowers, so I was happy to be able to take a photo of the "daisy carpet" during a short sun break.