Friday, July 13, 2012

Exploring the North Jetty of Coos Bay

 Just north of the towns of Coos Bay and North Bend on Hwy 101, is the actual Coos Bay from which the town gets its name. This is also the area where the famous dunes of Oregon begin, but first we crossed this spectacular bridge.

We learned that this is the Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge, which was built in 1936 and spans some 5,300' in total with a 1,700' cantilevered span consisting of the center section. This was the longest bridge in Oregon when completed and is still a very impressive bridge today. 

 Immediately after crossing the bridge, we began to see the huge sand dunes that rise hundreds of feet in the air. These are very impressive and we were amazed at the trees that could grow while surrounded by sand.

 Orinda liked looking over the bay where the tide was almost at the low point. There are large sand beaches in the area with quite a bit of driftwood laying around.

 The dunes, running right into the bay waters, are a popular place to run ATVs and there are several areas to camp right next to the dunes -- of course, you have to like sand all over as it was with the heavy breeze blowing when we visited.

The Bay is also a great place to seek clams at low tide as this group was doing. The clams are great tasting, but you do have to work to dig them out!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

remember the mussel dig at Bar Harbor? Thanks for these great pics.