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Cheap and fun nature tricks at Cape Perpetua

by Brian Cantwell for the Seattle Times

Seattle Times ImageA plume of seawater erupts from Spouting Horn at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, a few miles south of Yachats, Ore.

"Thar she blows!"

I had to holler it, as we perched on black volcanic rock that looked like a giant pumice stone on the side of Oregon and watched as surging green water of the Pacific suddenly geysered high from the Spouting Horn blowhole 20 yards away.

It was upwind, so we were getting misted like the vegetables at Safeway. And salted like we were celery.

No matter, this free floorshow was one of the coolest things this side of lassoing a whale.

Which they do have cruising along this coast right now, by the way. (We've been watching.) (We do not have a lasso.)

Let me help you catch up with us. It's felt like we've been moving pretty fast down the Oregon Coast, but we've seen and done lots. And one of the highlights was here at Cape Perpetua, where we stopped for 90 minutes of hiking a few miles south of our campsite at Beachside State Park, near Waldport.

It was a phenomenally warm and sunny April day. We pulled into the lot at Devil's Churn (who could pass up that turnoff sign?) to watch the ocean scour a narrow notch in the rock.


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