South Oregon Coast

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The Southern Oregon Coast is as picturesque as the Northern Coast, but with smaller towns and more nature walks and trails throughout.  Again we are impressed by the magnitude of State Parks along the way, and Oregon’s celebration of their coastline.

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The Southern Coast has more lighthouses, and more spurious rocks in the ocean jutting out, ocean spraying from their jagged edges, vs. Northern coast’s individually named singular rocks like Rockaway, and Haystack.  This coast is more rugged, with windy roads and frequent pull outs.

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Several lighthouses are part of State Parks including campgrounds and walking trails to allow one to spend time to appreciate and enjoy the super scenic area, complete with beach, rock formations, and lighthouse trails.

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Noguchi Gardens: Costa Mesa, CA

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Continuing our efforts to gain new experiences in a familiar area, we read about this ‘place’ Noguchi Gardens.  Now don’t think this is a Japanese Gardens kind of place to stroll through… it’s more of a courtyard between buildings outside of The Westin very near South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA.

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We went at dusk just before our dinner reservations in South Coast Plaza at ANQi.  We loved the way the light played on the water and the ‘streams’ built into the flagstone courtyard for this modern take on a functional Zen garden..  It was very very spiritual and reflective.noguchi falls_Ssi.JPG

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