Ecology of the Pacific Northwest Field Trip
We stayed at the inn shown above (Inn at Spanish Head) in Lincoln City, Oregon, where we had a room facing the Pacific Ocean. Many of our meals were provided in the restaurant here and several of the presentations were made in their conference room. The inn gave away a beautiful glass fishnet float (made locally) every day--based on random room drawing--and we were disappointed we were not one of the lucky ones.
One of our field trips was a walk on the beach where our leaders discussed ecology and geology of the area including tectonic plate effect on the region. The group leaders were very knowledgeable of their subjects and their lectures were most enjoyable--even fun! Elizabeth is in the blue coat--second person from the right.
Beachcombing was a bust for us. However, we were impressed that huge trees and their rootballs were on the beach one day but washed out to sea on the next. During periods of rough seas or exceptionally high tides the inn installs barriers to keep the driftwood from crashing through plate-glass windows on the lower level. We were glad that we were on a higher floor and we took note of the tsunami evacuation route.
Jim is not shown as he was the one packing the camera in one hand and was assigned the job of carrying the plastic garbage bag for everyone else in the group to see who could load it down with the bottle or can containing the most sand.