There it is ahead, through the trees. See that branch that is as broad as a tree itself?
One of my favorite things in the natural world, old forest giants.
Can you get an idea of the immensity of this Sitka Spruce? I am standing at it's base and Tom is saying that it is too big to fit into the picture.
On another side these giant burls grow on the trunk.
With the renewed rain, new green has sprung up, and the Johnny Jump Ups are re-blooming.
This is a rain forest, and the moss grows like a beard on the tree trunks.
(Click to enlarge and read the sign)
And great views.
And a lighthouse.
We continued on our way to Cape Lookout, where we ate our picnic lunch and enjoyed the music of the surf.
While this camping and picnic area is crowded with people in the summer, in October we had it mostly to ourselves.
Cape Lookout reaches out into the sea. There is a trail out to the end, about a five mile hike round trip. I did it once a long time ago.
Next stop, Cape Kiawanda. Here is a monument to a special kind of fisherman with a special kind of boat, the dory. They are pointed a both ends and launched in the surf from the beach. There were none around that day, and the high tide limited the exploring.
Cape Kiawanda at Pacific City.
Many times in the past I have climbed these dunes. When we were kids we climbed up so we could run (fly) down. As adults we climbed to enjoy the view. This time we did not climb.