The Search for Thor’s Well

 

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On the way down the coast for a trip, Nathan says he really wants to find Thor’s Well. He’s heard about it online. It is supposed to be hard to find, and a hole near the edge of the ocean. After a bit of research, and looking for clues while going south, we think we know where to look on the way home.

The hole above, the round pool of white water – is where we think it is.

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This is a shot from above of when the well is empty. It fills and empties with the waves. Fill, fill fill, – flush.

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Full.

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But we thought there was supposed to be more of a spouting action, so we drive a half mile up the coast to a visitor center to ask there.

She says – (in a twisted annoyed tired of being asked face and voice) – “Some Stupid Blogger wrote a post and called it Thor’s Well and now everyone is trying to find it. We call it the Toilet Bowl. Cause it flushes. It’s a 1/4 mile back there by the bridge and the spouts.” Thank you kind lady.

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There are two famous spouts along this stretch, one here and one in Depoe Bay. So we go back to the spout closest to Cape Perpetua.

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The boys ran down to the Toilet Bowl and got as close as they dared.

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In this shot, Nate is looking down into the Thor’s Well. I was too chicken to get any closer.

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This was about as splashy as it got on an August Day.

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So we traveled north – shore birds.

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Into the Sunset.

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The next weekend I took a trip with a friend and we stopped since it was low tide.

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It sure made a difference at low tide, You could stand at the lip (or is that toilet seat) and look in to watch it fill, fill, fill, flush.

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Right at the base of Cape Perpetua.

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Can you see the empty whole there? Thor’s Well, or the local’s Toilet Bowel. Amazing to find these little details of our Oregon Coast.

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