The Oregon Coast is an exciting place to be in winter. When you’re standing on the Barview Jetty at the inlet of Tillamook Bay in the early morning with 43 MPH wind gusts, it is exhilarating. There were warning signs that the jetty structure was not for public use, so we were careful and proceeded at our own risk past the giant boulders that served as a windbreak for us. The several wooden crosses erected as memorials to some souls lost at the jetty were an ominous reminder of the potential dangers. We did have to brace ourselves when the winds gusted but feeling the ocean spray stinging our faces, watching the crashing waves, and hearing the thunderous roar of the ocean in the midst of the stormy waters on the narrow jetty was a thrilling start to the day.