Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Devil's Punchbowl

Why is it so many interesting geological formations are named after the Devil?  I'm not sure this evil mythical creature deserves such attention.  But as we drove down the Oregon Coast, we came across yet another:  Devil's Punchbowl.  We turned.  We saw.  Our cheeks turned red from the biting cold wind and our lips turned blue as we walked out on the headland and peered below.  It was March and very, very COLD.  Work of the Devil?  Maybe.  After all, he's a tricky sort.

But it's not work of the devil, at all.  It's dear old Mother Nature who has been around a heck of a lot longer than this fictional character.  Relentless beating by the waves and wild, thunderous wind over millions of years eventually caused the collapse of this sea cave, forming a bowl in the basalt cliff.

But I guess, Mother Nature's Punchbowl just doesn't have the same ring, does it?

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