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Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck
Our Journey, Photography

Sea Lions, Sea Stacks, and a Shipwreck

Our next destination was a KOA in the coastal town of Waldport, OR. The lots were amply sized and surrounded by lovely views of the sea. If you went out at the right times, you could even see a myriad of seals beached on the sandbar that would appear in the middle of the outlet, resting with their pups. It was sadly that at this point, our luck with the weather would run out. It is fascinating how quickly you really appreciate something once you lack it long enough. In our case, it was seeing blue skies. The whole week was so cloudy and overcast, that even the slightest hint of blue peeking through was considered a hope for good photos. The area of Waldport was definitely full of exciting places for photography, but for the week we were there the unpleasant weather put a bit of a damper on…

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Week of Waterfalls
Week of Waterfalls
Week of Waterfalls
Week of Waterfalls
Week of Waterfalls
Week of Waterfalls
Our Journey, Photography

Week of Waterfalls

After a lovely week in Bandon, we headed further up the coast and inland to the town of Silverton. It was a pleasant place for me to spend my time while Brandon went back to Virginia for work. Downtown Silverton, while quite compact, was full of numerous restaurants and was a nice place for an evening stroll. The RV park was also only a 20 minute drive from Silver Falls State Park, which is a beautiful park with well maintained hiking trails. The main trail was just a little over 10 miles and boasted nearly a dozen waterfalls. I wasn’t able to finish the full trail but was able to hike far enough to see two of the falls. One of which has a trail that lets you walk behind the waterfall for a refreshing view from behind as the mist swirled about in the air. While at the RV…

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The Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast
Our Journey, Photography

The Oregon Coast

Brookings is a sleepy little town that stretches along US 101 with a few small off shoots that lead to the shoreline. The true gem of this town, for us at least, was that just five minutes outside of town was a scenic highway with gorgeous sea stacks. Compared to the east coast, where such sights are rare, these jagged rock islands, dotted with occasional trees, are quite impressive. We also enjoyed the intensity of the ocean here. In Virginia, the waves are much tamer and you typically only see comparably sized waves when hurricanes approach. Here however, it was just another day at the beach. Despite the fortune of being so close to so many places to shoot, we quickly learned that it was not going to be as easy as we thought. While most of the sea stacks were visible at odd angles here and there along the…

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Last Days in California
Last Days in California
Last Days in California
Last Days in California
Last Days in California
Last Days in California
Last Days in California
Last Days in California
Last Days in California
Our Journey, Photography

Last Days in California

The week went by rather quickly due to a busy work schedule and the numerous outings to watch the sea otters in the evenings. On Thursday, we were able to join the The Sea Goddess Whale Watching Tour and based on the past few days it looked like sightings were plentiful. After a late start getting on the road, we hurried over to Elkhorn Slough Harbor to catch the boat. They had clear rules stating they wouldn’t wait and would leave without you and we didn’t want to be those people. We quickly grabbed our tickets and scurried to the boat just as they were closing up. Only a minute or so after we got on, they began to push off and before long we were out of the harbor and out to sea. With luck, we almost immediately spotted a pair of humpback whales hunting just outside the harbor…

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Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Big Sur & Sea Otters
Our Journey, Photography

Big Sur & Sea Otters

The drive from Yosemite to Moss Landing was rather long and simple. It was mostly on the same road all the way until the exit where our campground was located. The KOA we stayed at was large but provided easy access to the highway with a couple of small shopping centers nearby. We also were not far from the Moss Landing State Beach, which made day trips out to see the wildlife extremely easy. Once we had settled in, we took some time to go down to Moss Landing State Beach, and right from the start you could see a raft of sea otters floating about on their backs just by the entrance to Elkhorn Slough. They were absolutely fascinating, flipping about in the water, twirling with stunning grace and dexterity. They would move about easily with a small kick of their webbed feet as they floated on their backs….

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