|View of Otter Rock from Cape Foulweather|
The beaches offer great opportunities to walk and the one stand-out this trip was Ona Beach. Tidal action had uncovered the bizarre rock outcrops along the beach, prompting me to work on a story called "Stone Seal Beach."
|Gull Rock from Cape Foulweather|
The highlight of the trip was locating tufted puffins nesting on Gull Rock near the Devils Punchbowl. I observed dark alcids with light colored heads flying up to the rock while I was watching brown pelicans fishing near the rock. After a short trip back to our rental for the spotting scope, I was able to locate the puffins entering into a rocky ledge, presumably feeding young due to the multiple trips by the adults.
|Common murre rookery|
|Yaquina Head Lighthouse|
|Gray whale blow|
|Finding the strength in mussels|