What to bring along for the day

  1. Water to drink and some extra water to wash your hands.

  2. Sneakers, boots or sandals that you do not mind getting wet. We will be walking across fractured basalt, rough sandstones and coarse conglomerates. These rocks alternate between being  rough and smoothly polished and can easily cut your feet as they are wet and sometimes have algae and seaweed on them. So if you decide to go bare feet on the rocks, you do so at your own peril.

  3. A hat or cap to protect you from the sun or rain. Sunscreen. It is easy to get burnt as you do not notice the burning with the cool breezes. We will sometimes be dowsing in the rain. This is coastal Oregon.

  4. Long trousers or jeans to protect your legs from the cold and from minor cuts should you fall on the wet slippery rocks.

  5. A rain jacket or coat to keep you warm and possibly dry as this is Oregon and the temperature will often range from 45 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 5 to 16 degrees Centigrade/Celsius, in the summertime, even though the temperature inland might be 90 degrees F. (32 C) The ocean is always cold here, because of the cold offshore current in the Pacific Ocean.

  6. Something to eat in your car, when we drive from point to point on the coast. Although we will only be 3 to 6 miles south of Yachats, there are no stores or filling stations here.

  7. Paper towels and toilet paper for your car.

  8. A small strong magnet to pick up magnetite crystals on the beach. Although these are black sands, I will not be dowsing or looking for gold. You are free to do so.

  9. A small bag should you wish to collect stones or shells.

  10. A camera, cell phone or note pad to remember places should you wish to visit them later on your own.

  11. A pair of binoculars should you wish to stay at or near your car as the rest of the party make their way to the sandy and rocky beach sites, below you.

  12. If you are in a wheelchair, it is not advisable to come down onto the rocky beach, but you may wish to dowse a fault zone by going across the pedestrian bridge, at "Cook's Chasm". Underneath the bridge lies a lovely fault, known as Cook's Chasm. If it is high tide you might see the "Spouting Horn", a blowhole in a sea cave on the south bank of Captain Cook's Chasm. 

  13. IF THIS GUIDE SEEMS TOO MUCH TO REMEMBER, BRING GOOD STRONG SHOES, WARM CLOTHES AND WATER TO DRINK.

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