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How To Set Up Oregon Coast Weather Alerts

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Tips | 2 comments

Crashing Waves at Shore Acres

Crashing Waves at Shore Acres

Recently, the Southern Oregon Coast experienced it’s first high surf advisory of the season.  The high surf generates large swells that cause the waves to crash against the coastline cliffs.  One very popular spot to watch these exploding waves is at Shore Acres State Park  located along the Cape Arago Highway, just south of Coos Bay.

Many locals and tourists will visit Shore Acres just to photograph, watch and enjoy this incredibly, powerful display of nature.

Recently a friend asked me if there were alerts he could subscribe to get a heads up when the waves are huge at Shore Acres.  I thought I would share what I have done to receive alerts. There are other apps available that might do the same thing, but I’ve been using this method for years and it works for me.

  1. Create an account at This website is The Weather Channel.
  2. Select “Manage Locations”.  Add Coos Bay and any area you want to get alerts for.
  3. Select “Manage Alerts”.  Here you can set up what type of things you want to get alerts for.
  4. Check the box “Severe Weather Alerts” in the “Alert Section”.  Here you have a choice to choose “Moderate Severity and above” or “Severe Only”. I like to know all weather conditions so I have the first checked.  You can check “Severe Only” if you don’t want as many messages.
  5. Also in the “Alert Section” choose “Surf & Sea Conditions”.
  6. You can choose to have the alerts come by email, text or both.
  7. Save your profile settings.

I hope this helps you have a chance to experience one of these phenomenal displays!

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Little River Waterfalls trip

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Places | 2 comments

This past weekend Mike and I wanted to checked out the conditions of waterfalls in the Umpqua National Forest. Though it’s a bit early we just wanted a chance to hike and enjoy being outdoors on a beautiful day.  We decided to visit the Little River Waterfalls.

I decided to not bring my full dslr kit to lighten my load and just rely on my Fuji X-T1. It was a great chance to learn to use it better.  The more I ‘play’ with it the more I love it.  I packed the Fuji in my Clic Elite Probody Sport backpack. It worked out great for the day hike.

Driving along the Umpqua Scenic Byway, we saw no significant changes in the leave colors.  However, it was still beautiful.

I was not prepared for the vivid greens still present along the trail hikes.  The greens are still nice even after the summer’s heat.  We will still have to wait awhile for the leaves to turn.  I’m guessing it will still be mid October or into the later part of the month, unless there is a significant cold snap.  I can’t wait to return.  I love the waterfalls in the area.

The photo below is Yakso Falls taken with the Fuji X-t1.  It’s one of my favorite waterfalls in the area.  Though I enjoyed photographing it with the Fuji, somehow I managed to get it into jpeg mode and out of RAW.  I didn’t realize until I offloaded the images.  I checked my menu and my camera was set to RAW.  I’m still trying to figure that one out.  I do have some better photos of this one in my archives so I’m not sweating it.

Yakso Falls - Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

Yakso Falls – Umpqua National Forest, Oregon



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