Monday, August 17, 2009

of agates and tidepools

We near-ocean dwellers like that stuff. My favorite tide pooling is at Cape Arago State Park, at the South Cove. This park is near Coos Bay, Oregon. Look for about a minus 3 tide. You always carry a tide table, right? So that you don't drown, right? Always look out for sneaker waves, right? Anyway, I prefer winter low tides for observing crabs, anemones, chitons and such. Too much sea grass in the summer.
For seeing agates, I've had the most luck near Tahkenitch Dunes, (13 miles south of Florence, Oregon) on the Pacific shore of course. The trail head is a fee area. The ocean is about 2 miles from the trail head. William Sullivan (ISBN 978-09677830-2X, Navillus Press) offers a nice loop hike option.

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