Friday, October 17, 2014

31 Days in Oregon: Barview Jetty

• thirty-one day challenge •
{DAY 17} 
Northern Beaches

About 45 minutes south of Cannon Beach & 20 minutes north of Tillamook is Barview Jetty.

You don't come here for carousels or fancy boutiques. You come to enjoy the beauty of the beach, go fishing & play in the sand.

The Jetty
The North Jetty
The jetty is a large man made rock structure built to protect Tillamook Bay. The waves can really get crazy here, especially at the end of the jetty. So, be careful.

On calmer days, starfish, mussels & barnacles can be seen in the rocks.

The dark blob near the bottom of the photo is a sea lion seen from the jetty. We don't see them every time we've gone to the jetty, but we have seen them often.

The Tillamook Bar is known for it's rough crossing.

Tillamook Bay
From the jetty, looking toward Tillamook Bay.

The Beach

Sometimes you just need help rolling up your pant legs before jumping the waves.


Barview Jetty Campground
The campground is nice with both RV & tent sites. There are even a few sites right at the beach, in the jetty parking lot. However, this area does get quite windy.

The kids (& my hubby... and my mom) like to ride bikes around the campground.

Fire pits for roasting marshmallows, of course.

We've cooked many bushels of oysters on those fire pits, as well.

To go with the oysters, we cook steamer clams in the trailer. Mmmm.... Mmmm.... Mmmm.
We typically get our seafood from Pacific Oyster Company in Bay City.

The kids love playing on the big sand hill in the campground. This is the view from the top. The south jetty is visible in the background.

Tide Pools
Located right off 101, not too far south of the Barview Jetty Store is a tide pool area to explore at low tide. There is no parking lot, you just have to pull off to the side of the road. We love it here.

Tide pools at Tillamook Bay

Rockaway Beach
If you're in need of a little souvenir shopping or local dining, less than 5 miles north is the town of Rockaway.

We've seen the Kite Festival in Rockaway. It's pretty spectacular.
When I was a kid we used to watch fireworks at this beach on the 4th of July.

As a kid, Flamingo Jim's was my favorite store. It has all kinds of shells & tshirts & taffy. I'll admit, though, now that I'm the parent I rarely shop here. Neither my kids nor I need that stuff. But, it's still a great store and I have fond memories of it.

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