Beach treasure

Beach treasure

My daughter and I once created the world’s grooviest peace sign out of sand dollars. We mounted the design onto an 18-by-18-inch square of plywood, painted blue, then propped it in the garden, next to the daisies.

I hadn’t shown such artistic brilliance since cutting paper doilies in second grade.

I give the sand dollars all the credit for stimulating the right side of my brain. I’m a sucker for these delicate beachcombing treasures. Whenever I spot one while....

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Lingcod rebound

Lingcod rebound

BROOKINGS — Don Stroh dropped a large herring over the side of the boat and let it strut its stuff along the ocean bottom, but when his rod doubled over he had no idea what big bottom-dweller had swallowed his bait.

"We didn't know what the hell we had on," says Stroh, 66, of Central Point.

Eventually the enormous head of a big lingcod broke the surface, with all 28 pounds of ugliness eventually flopping into guide Andy Martin's boat for the catch of the...

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Staring into the depths of Thor's Well

Staring into the depths of Thor's Well

The Oregon Coast has a geological feature that seems co-authored in design — a shared effort between J.R.R. Tolkien and Marvel Comics.

This fantasy oracle of olde is a short drive south from Newport, maybe a half hour, a landmark just off the shore of Cape Perpetua.

My uncle told me about it last weekend during a family gathering. Thor’s Well (or the Spouting Horn if it please ye), he said, looks like a hole in the ocean when the tide’s high enough. Think of.....

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