It was very foggy and dreary this morning, so we didn't even get out until after noon. By then it was brighter. After a stop at the Waldport Visitor Center, we drove south along US 101 and stopped a number of times. The coastline along here is very dramatic, so our cameras had a good workout.
I think the most beautiful section in this region is the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, in the Siuslaw National Forest, which includes the Devil's Churn, several coves and Cook's Chasm with the famous Spouting Horn. We drove up the Overlook Road to the top of the mountain where we had a wonderful view of the entire Devil's Churn area.
The Devil's Churn is a fissure in the basalt which provides exceptional wave action. Some of the waves hit the rocks with such force that they make loud booming sounds and the water spurts like geysers.
The Spouting Horn in Cook's Chasm is fascinating. Wave action has undercut the rock to form caves and blowholes.
At one of our stops at a viewpoint, we saw a whale spout several times and partially surface. It happened too quickly to take a photo, though.
At another viewpoint stop, we spoke with the McFerrin family from Calgary, Alberta. The father and two of their sons (aged 8 and 6) ride a tandem bicycle for three, while the mother and another son (age 4) ride a tandem bicycle for two. We had seen them several times as we explored the coast. They left home on July 15 and plan to take a full year off to pedal through the States and Mexico, perhaps ending in Brazil. They will fly back home from there. They are home schooling the children. (http://www.mcferrinfamilyblog.blogspot.com/)
On our way home we stopped at the Blue Whale Restaurant in Yachats (YAH-hots) for an early dinner. We were the only customers at that hour, so we had their full attention. The food was quite tasty. Yachats is known as the Gem of the Oregon Coast. It is located at the mouth of the Yachats River.