By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea...

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, May 17, 2007

We left Charlie and Beth's house early this morning, driving up and back down again through three mountain passes before we reached the rugged Oregon Shore. A beautiful drive, interrupted several times by roadside signs reading "Begin Tsunami Hazard Zone" or "End Tsunami Hazard Zone"...interesting, and something we've not seen or heard of before...will investigate further!
Our Thousand Trails Park, Whalers Rest Resort, is just five miles south of Newport, and we can hear the roar of the ocean from our campsite, and see a peek of it through the trees behind us. We're all set up now, and will be here for a week, so we'll have lots of time to explore the area, see the lighthouses, and eat plenty of clam chowder and such! The campsites are very nice here, terraced, offset, and separated by "gardens" of evergreens, bushes and wildflowers - very pretty and green.
Another sobering notation on our resort map - the road running through the middle of the resort is marked as the "Tsunami Evacuation Route". Reminds me of when I first moved to Minnesota, and thought that perhaps only roads marked "Snow Emergency Route" would be passable in the winters, only this does sound more ominous after what happened in Thailand a couple of years ago. After some research, I found out that the almost the entire Oregon Coast is considered to be a Tsunami Hazard Area, due to underwater faults and shifting plates that have high earthquake potential. Should a quake occur offshore, there is high risk of a Tsunami the coastal communities, all of which have Tsunami Evacuation Routes. Some of our parks even have Tsunami Warning System Tests one night per week, to be sure the sirens/horns (the kind I heard for many years as Tornado Warnings) work.
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