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Depoe Bay, Oregon

Depoe Bay, Oregon
~ World’s smallest Harbor ~

A small little harbour village in Lincoln County Oregon along U.S. Route 101. The village possesses amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. It had a population of around 1400 residents in 2010. The village is approximately 6 acres in size. It is well known as the “World’s smallest navigable harbor”. Depoe Bay was named after “Charley Depot”, a Siletz Indian who originally allotted the land in 1894 under the Dawes Act of 1887. He worked a military depot near Toledo Oregon and became well known in the area. The film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” filmed their fishing trip sequence here in 1975 as well as restaurant scenes from the “Burning Plain” in 2008. The port was damaged by a tsunami during the Tohoku earthquake off Japan on March 11, 2011.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Bristol Harbour (Bristol, England)

Bristol Harbour
Bristol, England
In the heart of Bristol, England is the infamous “Bristol Harbour”. This is a historic city center area that covers approximately 70 acres and has existed since the 13th century. Its 19th century style was affected by the installation of lock gates on the tidal stretch from River Avon to City Centre and providing a tidal by-pass for the river. It is now a “Floating Harbour” as the water level remains constant and not affected the river’s tidal fluctuations. Netham Lock is the eastern upstream limit of the harbour beyond which is a junction – one arm the navigable RIver Avon that continues upstream to Bath, and on the other a tidal River Avon. The First mile of floating harbour downstream from Netham Lock is an artificial channel known as the feeder canal while the tidal River Avon follows its original route. Between Bristol Temple Meads railway station and Hotwells, the harbour and the River Avon run parallel at a distance of approximately .65 miles apart. At the railway station the Floating Harbour occupies the original bed of the River Avon and meanders through Bristol’s city centre, Canon’s Marsh, and Hotwells. To the south the River Avon flows through the artificial channel known as “New Cut”. The separation of the floating harbour and the tidal River carries currents and silting into the harbour that prevents flooding. In Hotwells, the floating harbour rejoins the river through a series of locks and flows into the Avon Gorge. This Harbour is also the original Port of Bristol but has turned to much smaller ships as modern ships and cargo are too big for this small harbour being re-routed to the docks at Avonmouth and Portbury 3 miles downstream at the mouth of the River Avon. The harbour is now a shopping and tourist attraction with museums, galleries, exhibitions, bars, and nightclubs. It has become a city cultural center with highlights such as the Arnolfini art gallery, Watershed media and arts centre, Bristol Industrial Museum, Museum of Bristol, At-Bristol science exhibition center, and fashionable apartment buildings. Museum boats are permanently berthed in the harbour including Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the first iron-hulled and propeller driven ocean liner. A replica of the Matthew in which John Cabot sailed to North America in 1497 also sits in the harbour. The historic vessels of the Industrial Museum, which include the steam tug Mayflower, firefloat Pyronaut and motor tug John King, are periodically operated. The Bristol Ferry Boat operates at the harbour, serving landing stages close to most of the harbour-side attractions and also providing a commuter service to and from the city centre and Bristol Temple Meads railway station. Bristol was a village that grew up along the banks of the Rivers Avon and Frome. Somewhere around 1240, an artificial deep channel called the “Saint Augustine’s Reach” was built to flow into the River Avon and became the heart of Bristol’s docks with quays and wharfs. Beginning in the 13th century, the rivers became modified for use as docks including the diversion of the River Frome. Since the River Avon inside the gorge mixed with the River Severn can have tides fluctuating 30 feet in between high and low water made the river easily navigable during high-tide but difficult to get through during low tide, stranding ships – first utilized to unload when the tides went down and deliberately stranding ships. This gave term to the phrase “shipshape and Bristol fashion” to describe boats that could handle repeatedly being stranded. 1420 there were vessels from Bristol regularly heading out to Iceland with rumors that sails from Bristol had already made landfall in the Americas before Christopher Columbus or John Cabot. When Cabot came to Bristol, he propositioned the king that he could reach Asia by sailing west across the north Atlantic and that it would be shorter and quicker than Columbus’ southern route. He got agreement and funding. 1670 the City had 6,000 tons of shipping of which half was used for importing tobacco and later heavily for the slave trade. Since the 1980’s millions of pounds have been invested in re-working the harbourside. By 1999 the Pero’s footbridge was finished and linked the At-Bristol exhibition with the tourist attractions. 2000 saw the opening of the At-Bristol center over the semi-direlict land at Canon’s Marsh and some of the Grade 2 listed buildings became refurbished and re-utilized. Over 44.3 million pounds from the National Lottery and another 43.4 million from the Bristol city council and partners invested in revitalizing the area. Construction of theaters, retail buildings, new flats, homes, and watershed offices. Today there are many festivals held in this area – such as the Bristol harbour Festival every July where tall ships and all other boats come attracting over 200,000 visitors with live music, street performances, and entertainment. Since 1996 it has been the tromping grounds of various festivals including the first International Festival of the Sea. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Onomea Bay, Big Island, Hawaii

Onomea Bay, Big Island, Hawaii
Enroute from Hilo towards the infamous Akaka Falls, we stopped to admire this amazing coastline and rocky shores known as Onomea Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. Also known as the Hamakua Coast comprising parts of North Hilo and Hamakua on the flanks of the two dormant volcanoes – Mauna Kea and Kohala. Since the Hawaiian islands are a chain of volcanic mountains that are slowly moving through the Pacific Ocean in a northwesterly direction by means of plate tectonics, therefore the beaches and shores are rather rocky and sharp, always changing, always evolving. Mark Tawain described the islands as “the loveliest fleet of islands to sail in any ocean”. Streams, Cliffs, some beaches, and lush/verdant stream valleys dot this landscape. This is an area of high rainfall due to is windward location. Onomea Bay is a perfect place to see ocean and earth aggressively carving out the landscape. Over the millennia, forces of earth, sea, volcanic activity, earthquakes, and tsunamis have altered this landscape creating unique geological features along this coastline. One of which was the Onomea Arch which is no longer after destruction from an earthquake in 1956. This was a legendary arch where King Kamehameha threw his spear creating this huge tunnel in the rock. Now its just a wide crevice in the cliffs on the north side of Onomea Bay. Once there was a fishing village named Kahali’i along the bay, the remains of its old stone walls can be still found in the Hawaiian Botanical Gardens where the villagers once grew taro and sugar cane. This was also one of the first natural landing areas for ships as early as the 1800’s. It was a famous port for construction of the Onomea Sugar Mill and exportation of raw sugar. This valley along the bay also hosted a lilikoi or passion fruit farm, cattle farming, plantations, wild banana, mango, coconut, and guava tree farming. The area is amazing and hosts Akaka Falls, Hawaiian Botanical Gardens, as well as several other scenic points of interest.

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Hawaiian Botanical Gardens and Beach Cove

Hawaiian Botanical Gardens and Beach Cove
* 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway * P.O. Box 80, Papaikou, HI 96781 * Phone: 808-964-5233 FAX: 808-964-1338 * http://htbg.com/
While travelling along the coast near Hilo with my friend Kawika, we dropped into a beautiful hidden scenic cove that lies next to the Hawaiian Botanical Gardens. While the Botanical Gardens have a admission fee, this little public area does not. You can take the little hike down the path past the gardens and down to this really nice little cove. Along the way you can enjoy some of the tropical flower delights branching out from the botanical gardens as well as those in the wild along the path and shoreline. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens are a piece of paradise in a valley along the ocean and a notoriously beautiful part of the Big Island. It is located approximately 8.5 miles north of Hilo enroute to the famous Akaka Falls. It is a hotspot of Onomea Bay. The park consists of a garden valley with nature trails meandering through a true tropical rainforest, streams, waterfalls, and ocean vistas. The garden has a vast variety of palms, gingers, bromeliads, heliconias, and other 2,000 rare flowers/plants from around the world. It is run by a non-profit nature preserve and conservancy that provides a plant sanctuary, a living seed bank, and a study center for trees and plants.

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