Devils Punchbowl

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The end of the Otter Crest Loop takes us to a parkside named after a sandstone formation that fills with swirling water at high tide.

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Devils Punchbowl is a bowl- shaped basin, naturally carved in a rock headland partially open to the Pacific Ocean. It is thought to have been created when 2 caves carved by the ocean collapsed. (en.m.wikipedia.org)

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At high tide, waves enter the punchbowl often churning and foaming violently and grinding the rocks smooth.

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You might guess that the rock beyond the bowl is Gull Rock. And you are correct. Devils Punchbowl and the state park it is named after reside at the foot of Cape Foulweather and offer close-up views of the rock sitting .4 miles off shore.

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Besides providing a breeding, nesting, and resting habitat for sea life, Gull Rock generates waves to the delight of surfers. (paulnoll.com)

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I sign off with a simple picture that makes me smile and makes me grateful for the opportunity to be here in this moment.

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