I traveled the Portland Basin (IV3a), Coastal Lowlands (IV1a), and the Columbia Plateau (IV10c&e).
Taking advantage of the lingering summer Sheri and i took the dog to the coast for a weekend. That’s never a recipe for field studies but was quite enjoyable none the less.
We stayed in Astoria (if i had to pick anywhere on the northern Oregon coast Astoria would be my favorite) but spent most of our time in Washington. Last time we were on the Long Beach Peninsula a couple of years ago Oysterville Sea Farms had put in a quasi-cafe. They were serving up oysters on the half shell, a few wines, beer and other assorted quick grill menu items. So we were looking forward to a sunny spot overlooking Willapa Bay and splitting a dozen oysters. Not to be – the county shut them down. The details were over Pacific County zoning regulations. Here is a news clip about it. Kind of sucks all the way around.
Having the dog with us ruled out a walk at the end of the peninsula so we opted for a stroll on Benson Beach at Cape Disappointment. Lots of Pelicans, several gulls and a couple of Whimbrels were on the beach and late flowering Searocket was still in bloom on the fore-dune.
Sunday we drove home on the Washington side up to Cathlamet and took the Westport ferry back to the Oregon side. We cruised Steamboat Slough along Julia Butler NWR and stopped at Kruger Farms on Sauvie Island. A first — we actually saw White-tailed deer at Julia Butler.
Headed out kind of late and worked my way out to the coast. Instead of my usual stops in Scappoose at the Water Works, and St. Helens at Scappoose Bay i drove straight to Carr Slough.
From there it was a bee line to Astoria. The Sewage Ponds and associated inlet first and Fort Stevens for the high tide and ending at the Hammond Boat Basin.
Note to self: Trestle Bay is best 3-4 hours before high tide! High tide is too late and the birds have moved on. So i got there about 4 hours before high tide and the birds were way too far out for observation except for the bigger and boldly patterned birds.
I figured a trip back into Astoria and St. George for a quick lunch was in order and i’d come back at high tide.
By the time the tide is fully in all of the best mud flats are completely covered. Disappointed, i went to the ponds behind the jetty.
The Hammond Boat Basin was the last stop for the day to check out the roost rocks on the arms of the harbor’s break water.