Thursday, June 7, 2012


Tuesday, June 5 – We then walked across the street to the Whale Watching Center. The men inside were very informative and showed us where to watch for whales (much closer to shore then we thought) and gave us some interesting information on whale watching. We didn't see any Grey Whales here, but we did see several at out next stop – Cape FoulWeather.

Cape Foulweather

Awesome rock formations.

Really neat to see these monsters. They are feeding on millions of tiny shrimp-like creatures. These Grey whales hang-out in this area, and according to the men in the Whale Watching Center, make-up about 1 % of the Grey whales that migrate between Baja California, Mexico and Alaska.

Grey whale

This is a zoomed in photo. whale


At Cape FoulWeather, we observed these tiny squirrels running all over the area. Not sure what type of squirrel there are, but they were sure cute and friendly. A fella was feeding them peanuts and let Paul join in the fun. Probably a no-no to feed these guys!

Paul feeding squirrels

It looks like someone had fed them before. Look at his pudgy body.DSC05468

Also in this area is the Flying Dutchman Winery.

Backyard area where they make the making equipment

They are the only working winery on the Oregon Coast and the farthest winery West in the United States. They feature Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Riesling.

wine barrels

It is family owned and one of the owners, Dan, was our Steward today. They have free wine tasting, and we were free to walk through their wine producing area and even enjoy a bottle of wine on the back patio while watching for whales.

path to outdoor sitting area

View from the patio.
view from patio

We tasted several wines and purchased a bottle of Coastal Blackberry. As an additional bonus, they were having a clearance sale on rain jackets. Paul's been looking for a rain jacket and took advantage of the sale to pick-up a nice jacket for the rainy weather we've experienced lately

Our last stop for the day was Otter Rock and the Devil's Punch Bowl. Devil's Rock formation is named for it's resemblance to a punch bowl. Appropriately named, we must say!

Otter Rock
Otter Rock

Devil's Punch Bowl
Devil's Punch Bowl

This would be quite a sight in rough seas. What a beautiful sight!!!

So ends our visit to DePoe. Next stop…Newport.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!




  1. Another great post on the beautiful Oregon coast. Looks like Paul may need that rain jacket today :((

  2. Those squirrels certainly were friendly & hungry too! Great pictures of the coast.

  3. Keep up the good work, I'm enjoying every picture.

  4. Love the pictures feeding the squirrels. They are probably very well trained.

    We've been on a couple whale watching trips but never seen any just off the coast.

  5. Cape Foulweather?!? What does THAT tell you! LOL Kind of like Mosquito Lake in Ohio. Why would we want to visit there we wondered!

    However, have to say it sure makes the area a beautiful green!

    Never seen whales...what a memorable experience!

  6. your squirrels are called ground squirrels and are quite common and yes it is a no no to feed any animals... but as you can tell others have obviously been doing it...

  7. Oregon coast looks incredible, can't wait to visit.

  8. Sitting back drinking wine and watching whales...Life is Good!

  9. Seen whales in Alaska, but not from shore. It is a really cool no matter where you see them. You are doing a great job on your blog.

  10. whales, wine and chubby squirrels..what a fun day!..and blue sky too!!..

  11. Glad to see those sunny skies on the Oregon Coast!

    Sure glad you got to some of my fav spots and took some great photos. I've been to Cape Foulweather when it was blowing so hard I could barely stand up.

    Devil's Punchbowl is another neat place. Hope the sunshine continues for a while.

  12. Apparently squirrels all over the country get used to being fed. We were at Sam Houston Jones state park near Lake Charles, LA and as I talked to one, the dang thing walked across our mat, climbed on the chair next to me before hopping on to my chairs armrest. A wee bit unnerving.

    Lovely weather you are having there.

  13. I'm sorry I seem to have missed a few of your posts. Caught up now. I knew you would love the chowder.

  14. I'm so glad you got to see whales. There's no place, in my mind, like the coast of Oregon. I saw three pods of Orcas up near Vancouver Island, but I still think the boat ride out of Depoe was the best experience.

    Now, you're on your way to my favorite town on the coast. It's such a bustling, busy working fishing port that I spent days just watching all that was going on.

    Have a great time. Thanks for sharing your adventures and for bringing back such great memories for me.

  15. Awesome. Here's my Cape Foulweather Story: After two weeks of non-stop rain camping down the Oregon Coast and no signs of it letting up, I finally broke down and purchased a nifty rainjacket with a hoodie at Cape Foulweather. This took less than ten minutes, and when I walked outside? Clear skies and sunshine.

    But it's a really nice jacket.

  16. Breathtaking scenery! Of course, you had sunshine to go along with the views. I imagine Capt Cook had a different opinion of the scenery since he wasn't as lucky as you guys.


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