D is for...Devil's Punchbowl
It's Thursday and the sunny weather that Oregon has been experiencing for the past few weeks is no more. Hello, Rain. How I've missed you. Moving on...today we move on to the letter D and I'm bringing you the following:
The Devil's Punchbowl
Sounds ominous, right? Worry not, dear readers. The Devil's Punchbowl is nothing more than a rock formation on the Oregon Coast just north of Newport. Some perspective: Newport is two and a half hours south of Portland; one hour and fifty minutes north of Eugene; three hours and thirty-six minutes west of Bend; nine hours and forty-four minutes north of San Francisco; and five hours and five minutes south of Seattle. Designated a National State Park, Devil's Punchbowl is a nature preserve open year round for hiking, bird and seal watching, and general exploration. It also encompasses Seal Rock just north of the Bowl.
|Devil's Punchbowl at high tide.|
The bowl is a natural formation, partially opened on one side, that has been carved out by the changing tides of the Pacific Ocean. During high tide, the waves rush into the bowl churning violently and causing much ocean spray. When the tide is out you can hike down into the bowl from the beach below and explore the tide-pools. If you choose to do this, pay attention to the tide tables provided by the Coast Guard. The view from the top of Devil's Punchbowl is one of panoramic beauty. Because the formation is located on a piece of land that juts out into the ocean, you are surrounded on three sides by water. It's also the perfect place to watch for whales during migration season (December 26-January 1 in the Winter and March 21-28 in the Spring, roughly) and surfers willing to brave the frigid waters of the Pacific. This area is a draw for surfers because of the seventeen large rocks placed strategically in the area that funnel the tide into favorable waves into the inlet. Storm watching is another big draw in this area.
If you're feeling thirsty or hungry, fear not. Located on the edge of the parking area, there is a restaurant that serves fresh seafood and delicious clam chowder (Mo's, an Oregon Coast institution) and the Flying Dutchman Winery offers unique blends for those who enjoy a little grape fermentation and is the only working winery on the Oregon Coast. Whatever you're into, the Devil's Punchbowl State Park has something for you. Stop by for a visit and, I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Blog on, fellow A-Zers!