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Extreme Weather – Use Caution

lc storm2We have seen some very extreme weather on the Oregon Coast overLC storm3 the past few days with everything from flooding to extremely high waves.  Yesterday 12/11 it was reported to us that the beaches had been closed in Lincoln City because of the extreme waves and debris being tossed about.  At our Lincoln City Beach Retreats condos the property management has also closed our direct access to the beaches for everyone’s safety.  These are pictures taken from the property.  When the weather breaks it will be fun exploring around the driftwood (CAUTION: Driftwood is not stable and it is extremely heavy and can move at the slightest touch…  many people are injured every year by shifting driftwood… USE Caution)

Now is a great time to stay indoors and experience the sheer power of the Pacific. Both of our vacation rental condos are 3rd floor units with an absolutely unobstructed view.   Book your stay now and enjoy the fabulous show directed by mother nature from the comfort  and warmth of your oceanfront rental.

As a side note December/January are months when you can view the whale migrations.  When there isn’t a storm brewing be sure to be watching for the whales, sea birds, and other ocean life that will on occasion pass us by.   I also find it fun to watch the fishing boats and sometimes they are close enough you can break out the binoculars and see onto the decks of the boats.   Don’t forget as well that winter season is the time for Lincoln City’s Finder’s Keepers.   If you find one of the art glass float out on the beach it is yours to keep.

Spring Whale Watching

BreachingGrayNewportEach year nearly 18,000 gray whales do a migration from their feeding grounds up near Alaska down to the Baja area for breeding.   The migration south occurs in the mid-December thru January timeframe and the migration north is late March thru June.   The spring migration back to the feeding ground will have the whales much closer to shore (1/2 mile)  than the winter migration (up to 5 miles).  They also tend to be more leisurely on their northbound migration.  The mothers with their young are usually seen in May and June.

In the Lincoln City/Newport area there is a group of gray whales (I’ve heard 30-60 of them) that make this area home and do not continue their migration north.  As a visitor to the area this means that there is always an opportunity to catch a glimpse of a whale.

March 21st thru March 28th, 2015  is a designated Whale Watching Week up and down the Oregon Coast.  During this time you will find volunteers situated at the points listed here to answer questions and to help you understand what to look for.

If you happen to need a place to stay you can view our properties at Lincoln City Beach Retreats and use coupon code SB40 for a $40 immediate discount off of your reservation.  Sit at the windows with the binoculars and watch the whales from the comfort of your own room.