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Yeti & Squatch go stormwatching on the Oregon Coast

The ocean put on a show at Shore Acres State Park.

Presented by Travel Oregon November 19, 2019

This is the sixth installment of an 8-part series following the adventures of Yeti & Squatch.

Welcome back for the sixth week of Yeti & Squatch in the Winter Wonderland of Oregon.

Last week, our big-footed buds went for a walk in the park (in snowshoes). The week before that, they soaked in Terwilliger Hot Springs. Squatch finally realized how harmless winter was. “What peaceful winter activity will we do next?!” Squatch asked. “We’re going to stand on a cliff and watch giant waves crash into the shore.” Yeti replied. And off they went to go stormwatching at the Oregon Coast​.

Squatch was spooked by the thought of standing on the edge of the world and staring a storm right in the face. There were plenty of other things to do around ​Shore Acres State Park​. They could’ve explored the five acres of botanical gardens, including a Japanese-style garden. Or instead of watching storms, they could’ve lounged at the nearby Simpson Reef. All great options. But no, Yeti insisted they go stormwatching.

As they rolled up to the park, Squatch heard a booming roar in the distance. Was it fireworks? A sea monster? The kraken?! Only time would tell. They walked to the edge of the cliffs and the noise grew louder and louder, then everything fell silent. They gazed out upon the turbulent ocean. Dark clouds and curtains of rain covered the sepia skies. All of sudden, the noise came back louder than ever.

“BOOM!” A gigantic wave jumped up like a watery ghost. For all they knew, it was a million feet tall (maybe even two) and they were nothing but ants on a rock. The ocean was putting on a show and Yeti and Squatch had front-row seats. Waves were exploding like the fourth of July. This must have been the grand finale, because the storm calmed down and their hearts did, too.

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Before they left, Yeti turned to Squatch and said, “Still want to see those whales?” So they packed up their things and walked the path to ​Simpson Reef​, where they saw migrating grey whales, northern elephant seals and sea lions. What a day.

Check in next week as Yeti & Squatch’s adventures near their dramatic conclusion. Until then, visit TravelOregon.com for more information on the Oregon Coast. And while you’re there, don’t forget to pre-order your very own copy of our limited edition book, ​Yeti & Squatch in the Winter Wonderland of Oregon.​