I bet we’ve walked more miles of beaches along the Pacific coast in the short time we’ve been here than we did along the Gulf coast beaches of Florida the entire time we lived in Pensacola. There is a lot to be said for retirement.
We find the beaches here are much more interesting to us, with the rugged bluffs, rocks, wild surf, and tide pools. I noticed a small day use state park, Floras Lake, just a few miles north of Cape Blanco. Suzanne and Debbie joined us for a drive up there to hike the trail to Blacklock Point, where we were hoping to find some good tide pools.
After 1.5 miles through the woods we came to the point. Unfortunately there was no way down to the beach.
Nice views of the coast from the point. You can see Cape Blanco jutting out in the distance.
We finally located the steep trail down and found what we were looking for. Lots of sea creatures.
Yesterday we walked the beach just north of the lighthouse at low tide and found more and better tide pools.
There were also a couple surfers, though not much surf.
We continued walking down the beach and came to our turn around point, the mouth of the Sixes River.
We interrupted the vultures having a nice meal that washed up in the surf. Anybody know what this is? Debbie was afraid the dogs would roll in it, but Rupert just walked up and peed on it. You gotta love dogs!
We could not have picked a better place to spend this holiday weekend. It’s been very quiet, the weather has mostly been good, and we’ve enjoyed spending more time with Suzanne. Today we move on.