We headed south along the Oregon coast today to Cape Perpetua where we want to take a few hikes and see the booming waves against the rocky shore. Our first stop was in Waldport since they used to have a Conde McCullough bridge and also a visitor center devoted to building the replacement bridge for the McCullough bridge. Here’s one of those times where we didn’t expect much but got so much more. It was a combination history of the region, a history of Conde McCullough and his bridges and finally a story about how the new bridge was build to replace the McCullough bridge. There was an amazing firm about building the new bridge showing how intricately all of the individual processes fit together. They were building cofferdams, driving piles and arranging the metal bridge struts all at the same time.
On to Cape Perpetua where we first stopped at the Visitor Center, parked and walked down the trail to the CCC camp. They spent lots of time here in the 30’s building a shelter at the top of the Cape, building roads and walls and trails. They, of course, did a great job.
Next to the Devil’s Churn, a20’ wide, 80’ long channel through which the incoming waves were rushed. Big wave, small channel and the resulting boom and crash were stupendous. When the incoming waves met the receding waves, the crash and boom was in the middle of the channel and churning wildly and foaming madly. Fun to watch, waiting for each incoming wave, hoping it would be bigger than the last.
Next the spouting horns where an incoming wave finds a hole in a cave and a waterspout ensues.
We had an active day on the ocean today.
After the booming waves, we turned inland to find the Giant Spruce.
And finally up to the top of Cape Perpetua
Here we found endless views of the ocean and the coastline.
And the CCC shelter overlook.
And the muffled sounds of the waves as they reached us from below.