Jetty Beach, Florence, Oregon

South Jetty Beach or just South Beach in Florence Oregon is vast. The beach flanks an extensive dune park that is a national park. Drive through the national park to get to the jetty, where there is no park fee, as the last parking lot is not part of the park. People camp along the jetty, in camper trucks and small RVs. Driving out on the jetty looks very treacherous for the undercarriage of a vehicle. The campers and vans parked had a lot more clearance than the average vehicle.

This was my favorite picture of the day.

South Jetty Beach Florence Oregon
South Jetty Beach Florence Oregon
Sand Dollar
Sand Dollar

The sign at the entry warns you not to eat razor clams. They are toxic, and “cooking doesn’t get rid of the toxins.”

Razor clam
Razor clam

A lot of jelly fish lay inert in the wet sand. I am not sure if they are dead. A lot are at least mangled. There was one that seemed perfectly formed, though. I’m not sure because I don’t know what a perfect jelly fish is supposed to look like, but this one was clear as glass and symmetrical. It seemed to the inexpert eye to be in much better shape than the one we scooped up on a stick.

Jelly fish
Jelly fish
Jelly fish
Jelly fish
Eddies around the jetty
Eddies around the jetty

I didn’t get a good shot of the dunes because I accidentally left the camera on macro, so it’s out of focus, but I wanted to include this photo because it shows the soft sand on the dunes. The sand is amazing.

Sand dune
Sand dune

The big dunes are behind this range of dunes that lines the beach. The national-park dunes are huge enough for ATVs (all terrain vehicles) and boarders.

Here’s another of the beach-side dunes. I fiddled with it, which is why it is so bright.

SONY DSC
SONY DSC

Road trip Day 2: Trinidad breakfast, arrival in Florence Oregon

First I must show you a shot of the sky at twilight in Trinidad, though it was technically on day 1.

Twilight in Trinidad
Twilight in Trinidad

Breakfast at The Lost Whale Inn was noteworthy.

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After a long day of driving we arrived at The Best Western at Pier Point in Florence Oregon. This place sits right on the estuary with lovely views.

Sunset in Florence
Sunset in Florence

Today we are going to explore the beach in Florence. The Oregon coastline is different from the California coastline. There are no redwoods. There are a lot of sand dunes and what looks like a fun time to be had boarding down the dunes, but we are going to go out for photos at the jetty. Lunch will be back at the hotel on our deck overlooking the estuary, enjoying food we brought with us in our plug-in cooler, then we head off to Portland, Oregon!