exploring Port Orford
I’ve driven through this town any number of times and hadn’t discovered the gem it hides in plain sight.
Port Orford Heads State Park offers some nice (easy) hiking trails that explore the point which provides views to the north and south.
Looking to the north at Cape Blanco jutting out to sea. It claims to be the westernmost point along the Oregon coast. You can see how Blanco (white in Spanish) got it’s name.
It takes the zoom lens to be able to see the Lighthouse at Cape Blanco.
Flowers, ferns and a ripe Salmonberry along the way.
They’re not easy to spot, but there’s at least one seal lazing on the rocks. They blend in so well that there could be at least one other.
Lovely little coves.
Then, looking south along the coast. You’re also looking at the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. To quote from their website:
Potential benefits include:
- Enhanced scientific understanding through research and monitoring
- Greater abundance of marine organisms
- Protecting old growth age structure of rockfish
- Larger average size of marine organisms
- More variety of animals (biodiversity)
- Enhanced larval production for local fisheries
- Spillover of fish and other organisms
- Enhanced stability for local fisheries
- Economic development through science and tourism
- Increased educational opportunities for students, residents and visitor
Last, but not least, a look at Humbug mountain looking south. All the other shots I’ve taken of this wonderfully named mountain have been from the other side. I’m hoping to catch it from this angle some day when there are some clouds clinging to it.
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.
― John Muir,