Two and the Infinite One

Two people watch the endless crashing of waves against the rocky shore of Seal Rock State Park on the Oregon coast

Two people watch the endless crashing of waves against the rocky shore of Seal Rock State Park on the Oregon coast. The waves were pretty calm on this day but they can get pretty intense here. They seemed pretty confident that a giant sea monster wouldn’t rise from the ocean and swallow them whole. I kept my distance.

Clear Skies

Rialto Beach near sunset

I’ve always wanted to visit the Hoh Rain Forest when it was raining but so far it’s been dry on a handful of visits. I thought on this trip my luck was going to change as it poured rain while I was in Mount Rainier National Park and while hiking in Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, but by the end of the trip when I was near the rain forests, we had clear blue skies.

It did make for a nice walk along Rialto Beach near sunset, I’ll give it that.

Bottom of the Pecking Order

A young harbor seal perches on a rock near Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon on March 14, 2005. Original: CRW_6389.crw

This young seal was at the bottom of the pecking order when it came to places to perch and rest, occupying the first place to get covered by the sea as the tide rolled in. This particular wave though didn’t dislodge the little one and it was able to hold its position until the rock was submerged. When I was growing up we had our own bottom rung: the dreaded middle seat in the station wagon, the one with the big transmission hump in the floor where your legs should have been.

A young harbor seal gets hit by a wave near Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon on March 14, 2005. Original: CRW_6390.crw

Waves swirl around a young harbor seal as it perches on a rock near Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon on March 14, 2005. Original: CRW_6391.crw