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March 19-23 ~ Port Orford Port, Hubbards Creek Beach

Mvc-271x.jpg (52432 bytes)Mvc-293x.jpg (87790 bytes)Monday, 03-19-2001 ~ Overcast skies again this morning. I stopped at the Port of Port Orford last Tuesday (March 13, 2001) and shot several dozen pics of the port happenings. The new commercial and sport boat hoist are still not operable so there is a lattice crane on site that's handling hoisting chores. The photos below start with a view looking east from the new port parking area located on the west side. The middle image is a view looking southeast at some commercial trawlers with the Castaway Hotel in the background. The final photo below shows the new hoists with the lattice crane behind.

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I walked to the southwest end of the port and saw several fisherman working a school of smelt that had congregated in the cove. Their fishing rigs consisted of a 3-4 oz weight on the end with several treble hooks tied onto short leaders leading up from the weight. They would cast out into the cove and work the rig thru the school snagging a fish or two along the way. The photos below start with a man fishing with Fort Point on the left and Battle Rock on the right. Next is a group fishing with Humbug Mountain in the distance. The last image shows a bucket half full of 5-7" smelt.

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The next set of pics feature the urchin boat the 'Shenanegen' coming into port to offload it's catch. The first photo has the boat rounding the jetty with Hubbards Creek Beach in the background. The next two pics show the boat with Battle Rock Beach in the distance.

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The set of photos below start with the 'Shenanegen' alongside the port with it's catch and diving equipment on deck. The middle image shows a net basket of urchins being hoisted upon the landing. The last picture shows the urchin piled into a large basket waiting for processing. Most of these urchins will be shipped to Japan where they consider it a delicacy.

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Our next set of pics feature the crab boat Playboy working it's way into port. The middle photo shows the boat with House Rock in the distance. The last image has Monkey Rock and Hubbards Creek outflow in the background. The crab harvest has been pretty poor this year.

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This last set of pics show the two craft with Historic Battle Rock in the background. Our last photo today has Battle Rock and a large wave crashing into it's southern point. Our buddy Dan Hill (most of our pics are shot with his Sony Mavica) owns one of the homes that's seen in this photo. 

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We just completed a 3 part series from our Sunday visit to Cape Blanco State Park. Click here if you missed it and want to see some neat lighthouse, park, and beach pics.

Mvc-320x.jpg (76254 bytes)Friday, 03-23-2001 ~ Overcast skies this morning. We took the dogs on a late afternoon walk on Hubbards Creek Beach last Tuesday (03-20-01). Hubbards Creek Beach is located about a half mile south of Port Orford. The sun was a little obscured by light clouds so these pics aren't up to our normal standards.

The first photo below is a wide angle view of the beach looking south towards Humbug Mountain. The tide was fairly low so quite a few shore rocks were visible (second pic). The last photo below and one above shows some of the Spruce trees that line the beach.

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There were quite a few piles of beach rocks containing multi-colored Jasper. The first photo has Norma collecting some nice stones. The middle image has a rock outcrop with interesting textures. The last picture shows Rocky Point with Humbug in the background.

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The set of six images below feature our Brindle Boxer Jerry Lee with different Hubbards Creek Beach scenes as a backdrop. The first two pics show how the rock layers have uplifted into a 30 degree angle.

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Below are more scenes from Hubbards Creek Beach.

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I took the photos below from our Elk River home before coming to work that morning. The bright yellow Gorse flowers make a nice contrast with the meadows below and Fir trees above. Gorse is an especially nasty plant, it has large sharp thorns and is extremely hard to eliminate once established.

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I was greeted by the scenes below after arriving to our office this same morning. The first image has Historic Battle Rock with the Port of Port Orford in the background. Next is a wide angle view showing Fort Point (the peninsula on the right that sits above Battle Rock). The last picture is a zoomed view of the Port and it's harbor.

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Our final set of pics are zoomed views of the Port as seen from just above Battle Rock Park. The lattice crane is still handling the hoisting chores. The new hoist are scheduled to receive improved hydraulics soon. The middle image shows Tichenor Rock in a morning sun.

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