This was a very quick pitstop as I headed down the coast. I read about the Devil's punchbowl on Roadtrippers.com and thought it would be cool to see, so I followed the road signs and made a pit stop. You have to drive off highway 101 and through a wooded area to get to the Devil's punchbowl. It's off of a headland.
There is even a little mom&pop restaurant you can get clam chowder at...unfortunately for me it was closed but I wasn't really stopping for chowder just the scenery.
It occurred to me that you couldn't really even tell where the punchbowl was so I drew an arrow. Do you see it now? That seemingly little indent. That's the top of the bowl.
This is what it looks like from above. The waves crash int and swirl and churn and foam like a witches cauldron brewing.
This is at low tide. At high tide it's much more ferocious and the bowl fills up with salty ocean water.
The Oregon State Parks website says this, "The punch bowl was probably created by the collapse of the roof over two sea caves, then shaped by wave action."
While I was checking out the punchbowl or witches cauldron, as I like to call it, there were volunteers scouring the ocean looking for the gray whale migration.
I ended up talking to one of them for over 15 minutes about the migration, where I was from, what I had seen, etc.
I thought that was pretty neat. People just volunteer to stand on the headland for several hours a day with a pair of binoculars plastered to their faces searching for a glimpse of the gray whale migration answering questions from sight-see'ers.
These are pictures from the surrounding coastal areas.
Notice the image on the left was taken into the sun and the one on the right was with the sun at my back. When you're on vacation you don't always get to be selective or have ideal picture-taking conditions. Me, I work with what I have and usually get a rotten picture or two.
You'll also notice that it was raining for part of the time while I was out on the headland which means I have the occasional water-spot on my lens blurring my picture. No matter, it just reminded me that it was quite rainy out there.