And the pools bear treasures. Google advised us that there were tide pools near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and Google advised us that after 1:12 p.m. the tides would be at their lowest for the day (which, as it turns out, was not very low), so after lunch, thataway we went.
at the Cobble Beach
there were many stairs. But we are not easily defeated, and going down is usually not the problem. The stairs were not a problem, but these cobbled rocks, created by the black lava from the volcanoes hitting the cold ocean water, rolled as we walked and made going down the slope a bit tricky.
Once down, however, the trip was worth it. The little pools left by the higher tides contained treasures of all sorts, like these green anemones and a starfish.
We were asked to walk only on the rocks as much as possible and to watch because many of the rocks were covered by mussels.
There were purple anemones
starfish in many sizes and colors
and more green anemones.
In some of thee photos, you have seen some pinkish lacy looking plants – those are Coralline Algae. Wouldn’t all of these things make the most amazing aquarium display? There were also barnacles.
The tide was coming in now
so we headed back up the stairs to the lighthouse
Where we see large rock hills covered in birds
On the one end there are Brandt Cormorants (the spots of blue are their chin/necks).
On the side of a rock wall there are Pelagic Cormorants.
On the tops of the rock hills are the Murres. Murres live commune style and each female Murre lays one egg within pecking distance of the another Murre. Obviously they do not need large personal spaces.
After a full day, we headed home for a glass of wine, a little TV, a little reading and fairly early to bed. What? Oh, you’re wondering about today? Well today awoke foggy and rainy and seemed to be a good day to revisit the Outlet stores because we realized we had missed some the other day. Yes, you’re right – it would have been less expensive to stay home, but it was more fun to shop. We girls don’t get out on our own terribly often, you know. We found some wonderful treasures, all things we needed very badly you understand.
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