|wave pendant with aquamarine|
We just got back from a quick family trip to Eureka, California to visit relatives. We tried to do some fun things on the way down and back to make the long drive more enjoyable. On the way down, we took a tour of Fire Mountain Gems, a huge jewelry supply company that I order from. Going both directions we saw the whale in the Klamath River that has made the news.
On the way back, we took a detour out to Cape Arago. The Oregon Coast is absolutely gorgeous, especially the central part, but I had no idea there was a place like this along our coast! The area has several vistas to enjoy, trails, and a small protected bay with calm waters and a beach perfect for hanging out (which was very busy, being a summer weekend). We stopped at a few viewpoints, and chose the safest-looking trail down a cliff to one of the southern coves. Even that trail was a little insane (I don't think it was an official trail!), but we ended up at a rocky shore with tidepools full of little snails, and a few large rocks that contained assorted shells. I'd say they were fossils, but I'm not sure they are completely fossilized. Below are just a few pictures, there is so much more to see that I couldn't do it justice. If you are ever near Coos Bay, check out Cape Arago!
|Cape Arago (Oregon Coast)|
|part of Simpson Reef at Cape Arago|
|just north of Simpson Reef|
|Steven was fascinated by the little snails in the tidepools|
|Andrew loved finding the large rocks with embedded shells|
|shells in a rock|
|more shells in a rock|
at top: recently completed ocean wave necklace, large pendant in Fine Silver, strung with Aquamarine gemstone beads