After a dreary, rainy morning, the sun made an unexpected, but glorious, appearance this afternoon. We set out for Yaquina Bay State Park to view the historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. It is an adorable little lighthouse in a lovely little park. The lighthouse was actually only in use for 3 years. It sat empty, unused, and dilapidated until it was restored in 1974. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse’s light was re-lit in 1996.
We then drove up to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area to see the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The view of the lighthouse standing boldly on the cliff above the ocean was so picturesque it almost felt surreal. The park was wonderfully rugged and natural. The beauty was breathtaking. Truly.
From the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, we walked down to Cobble Beach. It was marvelous! It is an extraordinary beach! I was in awe of the beauty as I stood with cliffs behind me, the rugged coastline before me, and piles of round basalt rocks beneath my feet. Harbor seals basked in the sun on the rough rocks jutting out of the ocean, while birds flew over head circling the waters below, calling out to their friends.
We arrived at low tide, which provided an awesome view of mussels, star fish, hermit crabs, turban snails, purple sea urchins, green anemones, and blue crabs. There is something so amazing and wonderful about seeing these creatures in their natural habitat. Nature, wild and free.
Finally, we drove to Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area. It is a great little park overlooking Devils Punch Bowl. Unfortunately, we arrived at low tide, so the punch bowl was empty. Nonetheless, it was quite a sight!