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...Lincoln City
and a couple of nice beaches
driftwood on beach

Today, sunny and with no wind, was a perfect day for taking in a nice long beach walk, I did two.

Lincoln City's Taft District beach where both crabbers and silky pieces of driftwood were abundant; and Gleneden Beach, down the road toward Depoe Bay.

Gleneden Beach wasn't as busy, but a lone surfer caught my interest, and I spent a good part of the day there just soaking in the beauty of the Oregon coast.

Taft District Beach
Taft District Beach
Taft District Beach
crabber checks his reel
The Taft District is one of six "String of Pearls" historic areas that lines the Oregon coast in a seven-mile stretch that is now called Lincoln City.
Taft District welcome sign
seals on beach
Across the water, seals have their own colony, undisturbed by the bustle of humans.
Opening of the Siletz Bay to the Pacific
crabber on shore with rod and reel
Where I come from, we fish wth a rod and reel and crab with a crab pot. Crabbing with a rod and reel seems to be the norm here on the Oregon coast.
Here, the Siletz Bay opens to the Pacific Ocean near the Taft District. In January of the year 1700, Native Americans were taken by surprise when a tsunami that, for several hours, continued to pound and shake the shore, wiping out everything in its path. In those days, there was no connection between earthquakes and tsunamis. A 9+ earthquake, known today as the Cascadia, 20 minutes earlier had struck in the Pacific along the northwest coast from British Columbia to northern California. Called the Great Tsunami of 1700, a historical marker is in place here at Siletz Bay just off the Highway 101.
The D River
Lincoln City touts its 120-foot long "D River" as the shortest in the world, though it comes in stiff competition with the Roe River in Montana. The D connects Devils Lake and the Pacific on Lincoln City's south side.
beach erosion
houses overlooking beach dangerously close to eroded cliff
It's no secret that Oregon is experiencing beach erosion, but I'd not seen anywhere where it was more obvious than this at Gleneden Beach where the road ends so abruptly. I sat at Gleneden Beach for a while, then took a long walk. The surfer was quite entertaining!
The woody entrance to Gleneden Beach
A very brief walk from the parking lot to the sand is through this woody shore pine forest.
houses on eroded cliff
These homes seem dangerously close to an eroding cliff. I didn't go to the front of them to see how many are for sale.
surfer riding a wave
An in-control surfer
surfer riding a wave
Still in control
surfer wipe out
Wipe out!
covered bridge
Heading east on Highway 18 out of Lincoln City is this covered bridge, Oregon's oldest. It's not in its original location, however. In 1933, the bridge was destroyed by a flood, but rebuilt. In 1997 it was scheduled to be demolished, but locals in the area fought to save it. It was removed to private property in its present location on Bear Creek.
covered bridge

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