Cape Arago State Park on the Southern Coast of Oregon

Simpsons Reef is a part of the Cape Arago State Park located along the Arago Highway south of fishing village Charleston and the city of Coos Bay on the Southern Oregon Coast.

The rocks along the shores of Cape Arago State Park and Simpson’s Reef are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife abound on Shell Island. Steller Sea Lions (also known as northern sea lions) and Harbor Seals hang out at Simpsons Reef year around.Harbor Seals give birth to their pups on the inner rocks of Simpson’s Reef in April and May. The Northern Elephant Seal spend most of their time out at sea. Coming in to the Pacific Coasts rocky shores only to breed and molt. Shell Island is their northernmost Pacific Coast breeding site. California Sea Lion males hang out at Simpsons Reef in late summer and fall.

Migrating whales (mostly Gray Whales) migrate past Simpsons Reef March through June on their way to Alaska. In December whales migrate past Simpsons Reef on their way south to the Baja breeding lagoons.

In the above photograph wildlife abound on Shell Island. Waves crash on the nearby rocky outcrop. We observe seals, sea lions, shore birds and herons on Shell Island and other nearby outcroppings of rock at Simpsons Reef. Boaters linger by Shell Island observing the abundant wildlife.

A pull off from the Arago Highway offers this view of Simpsons Reef, complete with a telescope for observing.

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Dodge Brothers automobile, train car and frontier home at Goldfield, Nevada

Dodge Brothers automobile parked by house and train car

The Dodge Brothers automobile from the twenties, the antique train car, and the frontier home look like their owner stepped away and will be back. Goldfield, Nevada is a town full of antiques and history from when Goldfield was a booming mining town at the turn of the Twentieth Century.

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Elk Creek Falls along the Coquille-Rogue Scenic Byway on the Southern Oregon Coast

Elk Creek Falls

Elk Creek Falls is located along the Coquille-Rogue Scenic Byway in the Rogue River-Syskiyou National Forest on the Southern Oregon Coast. Visitors walk up the trail along Elk Creek through pretty woods and Elk Creek to the falls.

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Elk calves at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

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Elk cows with their calves at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. Elk calves investigate and play while the elk cows graze at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area on Highway 38 northeast of Reedsport, Oregon. The elk cow on the left calls her calf as he runs toward her.  We happened to drive by at daybreak June 1, 2012 and observed the elk cows taking care of their newborn calves. We kept as quiet as could and took pictures.

The elk cows and calves stayed separate from the bulls for the next few months in their own group. Other elk cows had calves and joined the group. As summer wore on, we sometimes observed new tinier calves among the more mature ones at Dean Creek.

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