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Neskowin, Oregon

Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I made it to Neskowin, Oregon (near Lincoln City, Oregon) today, for the first time ever in our lives. (We have some cool photos to share and a couple of rocks we picked up for our rock garden, too.)

But we didn't end up seeing the 'ghost trees' Rich had mentioned up close, though. To get there, we would have needed to wade a pretty wide (and apparently somewhat deep) water area to ge to the part of the beach we needed to be on. Seriously, there was NO WAY to get over there, otherwise. There were two road access places, but both were PRIVATE PROPERTY for 'members only.' Then it was a hike down the beach to the proper spot. We could just barely see them from where we were. (We found out how to get close to them from one of the most UNFRIENDLY shopkeepers in the world, while buying something in his store. He was pretty damn reluctant to share what he did, by the way!)

Here's what the ghost trees look like:

Neskowin ghost trees - 1
Neskowin ghost trees (1)

Neskowin ghost trees - 1
Neskowin ghost trees (2)

Neskowin ghost trees - 1
Neskowin ghost trees (3)

Neskowin beach - 1
Newkowin beach (1)

Neskowin beach - 2
Newkowin beach (2)
(Yes, that's Marilyn.)

Neskowin beach - 3
Newkowin beach (3)
(You can see Marilyn, again.)

Neskowin beach - 4
Here's one of the two rocks we brought
back from Neskowin beach. (The flecks of
white seem to be crystal embedded in
the rock.) Won't it look nice in our
rock garden?

Yes, we had a lovely drive. Blue skies with the sun pouring in the windows to warm us!

For those interested, you can read about ...
The Ghost Forest (or Ghost Trees) of Neskowin

In the mysterious (and oft-called spiritual spot) Neskowin, just north of Cascade Head and south of Pacific City, there's a weird wonder nicknamed the "ghost forest." This downright spectacular oddity is almost a rare sight in Neskowin, but you may not know just how spectacular it is unless you know what it is you're looking at.

They look somewhat like old, ragged pilings leftover from something manmade – and a little bit like the ghostly remnants of a woodland. They are, in fact, stumps of a forest from some 2,000 years ago or so.

As many as 100 are sometimes visible in various shapes and sizes. Initially, local geologists theorized that around 2,000 years ago a massive, cataclysmic earthquake abruptly dropped this forest possibly more than 25 feet. Then, they were preserved by sand and mud and a no-oxygen environment, rather then being destroyed and scattered, as natural erosion might've done.

But in recent years, scientists have come to believe these and other ghost forests on the Oregon coast were the result of slightly longer geologic processes. For a variety of reasons, the landscape changes in that area, and sand, sea or other elements flood the area over a period of years or decades. There are similar stumps periodically visible near Newport, although these are quite rare.
Tags: 2009, beach, january-2009, photo-share

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