After Depoe Bay and admiring the rough surf and exploding waves along the rocks, we worked our way back to visit Devil's Punchbowl SNA, about 8 miles north of Newport, and Cape Foulweather, an outstanding vista viewpoint. At Devil's Punchbowl, there are some unique rock formations--the "Punchbowl" is a collapsed sea cave, and when the turf is really roiling and boiling, the center of the formation is something to see! Off to the side is a favorite beach and wave area for local paddleboard surfers. We saw two guys riding the waves...water temperatures are consistently in the fifties, so you wouldn't want to swim in it without a wet suit. One guy had a fullbody wetsuit on, the other guy had exposed legs and arms and he was as red as a lobster from the cold water! It looked like a lot of fun!
The squirrels at Devil's Punchbowl were very tame and expected handouts...They scampered around right by your feet....
When we got to Cape Foulweather, the vista was unbelievable! The sign said winds up to 100 m.p.h. were not unusual for the cape. No wonder it has that name!
|Cape Foulweather vista|
There's a cute little gift shop there, and I bought a penny passport to keep my smashed pennies in. I've started collecting pennies from different places that have those penny smashing machines. You put fifty-one cents in, pick a choice from usually about three scenes, turn the handle and the penny gets smashed with an imprint of whatever scene you have chosen. (Makes me remember my brothers putting pennies on railroad tracks when we were kids) I thought I'd make Christmas ornaments out of all the pennies I am collecting. But for now, I'm keeping them in this little book which holds 44 of them. Another fun way to remember some wonderful places we've traveled to besides buying a tee shirt and taking a million photos! Just have five so far, I never noticed those machines until just a couple of months ago so now I'm on a roll! (Groan...another bad pun!) Oh, and in the gift shop, I made a new friend! This must be a relative of Zoltar---the Old Pirate. His blue eyes kept moving from left to right as we walked by, kind of creepy!
I tried to get Eldy to buy this hat, but he ended up passing it by...I think he looks like that guy, Guy Fieri, with the Dines, Dives and Drive-bys or whatever the name of that show is!
After our long and busy day, we headed back home for some R & R...(Wait a second! This IS our R & R! exclaims Eldy). You got that right, sweetie! No wonder we're tired at the end of the day...we've had plenty of R & R!