Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 21 - Newport, OR

We are finally back in Beverly Beach State Park on the Oregon Coast near Newport and all excited about going out to look at tide pools.  The sun had been shining earlier, but we weren't in the truck for more than a few minutes when the sleet started.  YUK!  But we kept going and the sun came out!

We went first to the Devil's Punchbowl to explore the tide pools.  There is a minus tide today so we could have actually walked into the punchbowl if the path down to the beach hadn't been closed to protect seal pups.  This photo was taken looking north from the punchbowl.

Another nice view looking south from the Punchbowl area.

This is the Devil's Punchbowl and at times it is filled with sea water and even spouts out the top during rougher weather.

We left the Punchbowl and headed for Yaquina Head lighthouse to explore the tide pools there.  We were not disappointed with the variety of critters we spotted.

This not so pretty looking creature is a chiton.

There were seal pups in several places around the lighthouse.

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