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Nocturnal Revelations at a Secret Oregon Coast Spot

Published 05/29/2012
By Andre' Hagestedt


(Depoe Bay, Oregon) - There's a little hidden viewpoint that no one knows, and I sometimes consider it my own. It's directly in back of the Depoe Bay Visitor's office, and right next to a really cool, very Americana - circa 1950's in appearance - oceanfront vacation rental from Trollers Lodge. There's only a small bench here, and a small opening between buildings from which to rest and look down at the rocky shelves next to the southern side of the bay mouth.


Below, even at night, you can still see the whites of the breakers, largely because they're somewhat lit by huge lamps meant to light up the channel. Like street lights – but for boats. I've seen them smashing hard against this area, more often than not. But tonight they're gently sliding onto the flat rocky areas. For some reason, they remind me of babies learning to climb chairs – but faster.


I smile to myself and even catch myself laughing aloud, as I spot one wave in the distance leap up in the air and do some funky acrobatics as it whacks an outcropping a bit further down the length of Depoe Bay's basalt ledges. I realize I can see a lot in the dark here.

I also quickly realize I'm mesmerized, hypnotized by all this. I don't want to leave. I've got a movie going back there that's pretty engaging, some trippy horror flick. But I can't bring myself to leave.

Looking up again, I notice these faint blotches of clouds, like dark gray matting or something, in the sky. Those stars aren't especially bright tonight, but they're riveting.

In case you're wondering, however, this is what this part of the central Oregon coast can look like at night. They were taken on different evenings, with distinctly different looks. But it's not hard to see why such a scene can become so engaging, so mesmerizing.

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