Of interest to us along the coast, was the spouting horn – A natural geyser. It spouts when water rushes under a volcanic rock shelf and bursts through a small opening at the surface, with every wave. The tide also leaves behind pools that form an ecosystem for many strange organisms. These are called ‘tidepools’. The rugged black rocks along the coast line are lava rocks, left behind by volcanic activity in the area, millions of years ago.
Cape Perpetua is beautiful and it will take a long time to explore the area completely. Check with the Visitor Information Center for trail maps and info. Even in summer, the Oregon coast can get cold and damp possibly because of the rain it enjoys though not as much as Washington state.
If you are lucky, you get to sneak in on Elks grazing in herds, as you drive away from the coast to the interiors of Oregon. Elks are native to North America. The bull elks are the ones with the antlers and the cow elks look more or less like deer. It was an awesome experience to stare right into the eyes of those guys with the majestic crowns!
Crater Lake is one of the star attractions in Oregon. It is the deepest lake in USA and the seventh deepest lake in the world. The lake has a brilliant blue color and most people rate gazing at it as one of the best experiences of their lives. Ages ago a huge volcano blew up, leaving behind a crater at the top. Over the years, this crater filled with rain and snow, to form ‘Crater Lake’. It looks like a huge bucket nearly full with water. You can drive all around the rim of the crater in summer.
Rising from within Crater Lake is an island called Wizard Island, which has its own crater at the top. This island was formed by further volcanic activity within the huge outer crater. There are many more such volcanic peaks under the waters of Crater Lake, but none large enough to break the surface of the water, like Wizard Island. The crater of Crater Lake is about 51/2 miles wide while Wizard Island’s crater is only about a mile wide. Weather permitting, boats ply around the lake and to Wizard Island.
Oregon is a beautiful green state and the change of scenery was a welcome change for us Californians. It was not just the landscape that was different. There is no sales tax in Oregon. The price you see is the price you pay. Also whether you like it or not, you cant fill gas in your own car. It is the gas station attendant’s job to do that for you, says the law. Oregon is one of 2 states in USA with that law.