We had noticed a few small signs in town pointing to Chetco Point Park – a Brookings City Park. We followed the signs and found ourselves at the local waste-water treatment plant – SAY WHAT!!
This cannot be good! See the out-house hiding behind the Fit? At least they don’t have far to go to dump it.
Hmmm…improvement project going on? Looking at the humble entrance I would say it’s needed. What a snob I am.
But what the heck, we’re here and if one’s eyes are turned towards the path and the sea, you hardly notice you are walking past a waste-water treatment plant.
It is an easy, paved path and the treatment plant is soon out of sight and out of mind. How can one think of sewage on a trail that offers such beauty?
It’s a moderately steep downhill slope – which is fine. I don’t want to think yet about the return trip! We saw only one other person on this trail, a woman walking her energetic black lab – have you ever seen a black lab that wasn’t energetic?
She was going all the way down to the beach and wanted to know if we had heard any news about the whale! Seems a sperm whale washed ashore in June and it had created an awful stench on the beach. This lady had stayed away all summer and was hoping the problem was over by now. Apparently the carcass had decomposed and nature had solved the problem as we didn’t see or smell anything and the lady and her dog did not come running back holding their noses.
A strategically placed picnic table sits at the top of the bluff which offers a stunning view of the ocean. There was also a stunning view of a very handsome man taking a picture of the stunning view!
With such beauty in all directions, it was hard to know where to point the camera next.
Anyone for an after dinner stroll on the beach?
We paused on the way back up the trail to view the ancient coastal hieroglyphics. Some are at least as old as last year, but someday they will be ancient. I don’t like to see this kind of destruction but I often wonder if the teenagers of ancient peoples were not responsible for some of what we consider to be treasures nowadays! See the heart symbol on the left? Obviously this was a rock where lovers met and ancient fertility rituals took place. (well, it could happen!)
Near the top of the path there is a tree that has been shaped by the often harsh coastal weather. Doesn’t that have some interesting lines?
I know, I know, I should have made a slide-show and I’m sorry I got carried away with the photos. There is just so much beauty in the area that I can’t seem to help myself. If you ever get to the southern Oregon coast and find yourself in the little town of Brookings, do take the short drive to the waste-water treatment plant and visit Chetco Point Park. You won’t be sorry.