Bandon Beach – Dog Friendly Oregon

Bandon Beach – Dog Friendly Oregon The “pets welcome” sign is definitely out along Oregon’s Pacific coast when it comes to beaches. There are an eye-popping number of state parks with beaches along the coast and your pet is welcome in all of them, so long as you keep him on a 6-foot leash. Many towns …

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Heceta Head Lighthouse – Oregon

Heceta Head Lighthouse – Oregon One of the most popular and scenic lighthouses on the Oregon coast, Heceta Head features beautiful architecture in a stunning setting north of Florence. Several families cared for and lived at the lighthouse between 1894 and 1932, and today it’s a part of an Oregon state park. Heceta Head is also …

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Umpqua River Lighthouse – Oregon

Umpqua River Lighthouse – Oregon The Umpqua River was the site of Oregon’s first lighthouse – the doomed beacon that only last four years – but as the river became an important shipping channel, plans began for a new lighthouse, this time perched 100 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Today the lighthouse is managed by …

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Cape Blanco Lighthouse – Oregon

Cape Blanco Lighthouse – Oregon Built in a majestic setting on a grassy cliff more than 200 feet above the ocean, the Cape Blanco lighthouse was lit back in 1870, managed by keepers James Langlois and James Hughes for four decades. Today the scenic lighthouse is part of Cape Blanco State Park.

Sweet Pea Wildflowers Oregon

Sweet Pea Wildflowers Oregon Lathyrus latifolius – Perennial Pea, Sweet Pea, Everlasting Pea. Vine to 6 feet long with winged stems, petioles, and peduncles which uses petiole-terminating tendrils to climb. One to several pink to magenta butterfly-like blossoms on smooth, unwinged pedicels. This is a non-native species that can be weedy and invasive, but very beautiful.

Wildflowers Oregon Coast

Wildflowers Oregon Coast We encountered so many beautiful wildflowers on our visit to the Oregon coast…this summer they are everywhere. Here is a Dwarf Brodiaea

Sea Stacks – Bandon Beach Oregon

Sea Stacks – Bandon Beach Oregon The biggest draw to these beaches, besides the peace and quiet, has to be the rock formations that abound. Bandon is home to Wizard’s Hat, a sea stack in the shape of, well, a wizard’s hat. Photographers visit Bandon to capture it, especially at sunset when it is silhouetted. …

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Blacklock Point Trail – Oregon

Blacklock Point Trail – Oregon This undeveloped state park, just north of Port Orford on the south coast, has an inspiring view of Oregon’s oldest lighthouse from its rocky headland. But it’s the scene a short way to the north that is the real stunner: a long line of 80- to 100-foot sandstone cliffs that …

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Crater Lake National Park – Snow in July

Crater Lake National Park – Snow in July What do you put in the water to make it so blue? Nothing! The water is so blue because there is hardly anything else in it – just water. It’s not pure water, but it’s close. We’ve all seen the colors in a rainbow when normal white …

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Crater Lake National Park – Oregon

Crater Lake National Park – Oregon Crater Lake National Park is in the Cascade Mountains of southern Oregon. It’s known for its namesake Crater Lake, formed by the now-collapsed volcano, Mount Mazama. Wizard Island is a cinder cone near the western edge of the lake. The Rim Drive, a road surrounding the lake, offers views …

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