Sunday, August 13, 2017

Munson Creek Falls & Cape Meares, Oregon

Traveling north on Hwy 101 from Pacific City, we stopped at Munson Creek Falls, which is the highest waterfall on the coast at 319 feet. There is a small creek that flows next to the path where there are spawning salmon during the fall and winter.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland over 200 feet above the ocean. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting common murres. The site is one of the most populous colonies of nesting sea birds on the continent. (These birds were quite far away on the huge rocks, so all we really were able to see was their white poop all over the rocks.) Bald eagles are frequently seen in this area, and peregrine falcons have also been known to nest near here.  (And, no, we did not see any of them either.)

I thought this was an interesting rock formation, kind of reminded me of a whale, so I added it to my photo collection.

The "Octopus Tree" is a unique Sitka Spruce. The forces that formed this tree have been debated for many years. Speculation as to natural forces or native American Indians caused its transformation remains a mystery. The tree measures more than 46 feet in circumference and has no central trunk. Instead, limbs extend horizontally from the base as much as 16 feet before turning upward. It is 105 feet tall and is estimated to be 250 to 300 years old.

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