The ocean is the music of our community – we hear its song everywhere. And, from its song, we know its mood. Watching King Tides is an epic experience. These extreme high tides are highest in the winter and occur a few times each year when the moon is closest to the Earth.
The small, swift marbled murrelet gets all its food from the ocean and moves inland only to nest. Unlike most seabirds, murrelets are comparatively solitary. Their reproductive strategy is to be so secretive that predators don’t find their eggs, which are laid directly into a depression of a high tree limb.
A highlight of being here, at Overleaf Lodge, is the 804 Trail that ambles between the lodge and the ocean. Originally, travelers of this trail departed in Waldport, where ferries carried them across Alsea Bay. They then walked eight miles of beach, south to the basalt rock bench where Yachats sits, then followed the rugged coastline and up the Yachats River to reach fertile farmland.
After retiring from a career in the San Francisco Bay area, Bob Wilson and his wife, Joyce, lived in Yachats and Waldport, Oregon, until his death in 2011. For several years, Bob worked part-time as one of the desk clerks at the Overleaf Lodge and the Fireside Motel. Bob was a prolific poet, and we will be sharing a few of his poems with you.
This seven-minute video, filmed just north of Cape Perpetua, features Oregon State University Distinguished Professor and former NOAA Chief Jane Lubchenco as she guides her grandchildren and us through tide pools filled with sea stars, anemones, hermit crabs and muscles.