It was when leaving the Dunes that I noticed that my third gear was gone.
As with the Grand Sable Dunes on Lake Superior in Michigan the sand and the forest are struggling with each other here. Beach grasses catch the sand and keep it from blowing inland. The grass's root system lends stability to the dunes. The marsh seen below is a "deflation plain wetland". It is a result of the effects of the beach grass. This plain expands eastward each year. Unlike the dunes in Michigan these are seemingly doomed to destruction.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

The forest with the dunes in the bachground

The deflation plain wetland

A grass covered dune

Another grass covered dune

Trees have taken hold on this one

Late afternoon shadows

The sun reflected off the Pacific

The town of Lakeside in the distance

With the Coast Ranges Mountains behind

Winchester Bay Inlet

The Winchester Bay Lighthouse

The Coquille River Lighthouse

On the National Register of Historic Places

This is the reason I said these dunes are doomed to destruction. I observed in excess of 100 of these dune buggies in the four hours or so I was there. The drivers run free and tear up the grasses and throw the sands into the wind causing much damage. This speeds up the natural erosion and will cause the dunes to flatten over a much shorter time than nature had in mind. The noise was driving the birds away. It was deafening.

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