While visiting wine country, it’s worth it, regardless of the region you’re visiting, to save a day for the ocean. This is true for both the Atlantic and the Pacific.

The Atlantic Ocean is tame, as compared to the Pacific, in the US. I say “in the US,” because while visiting Portugal, I realized how much its coastline seems to have the same influences on land as the west coast’s Pacific coast line has. It must have to do with the way the earth spins on its axis. Waves crash upon the shores of the Pacific on the West Coast, just as they do on the Atlantic’s for Portugal. Meanwhile, on the US’s east coast, waves seem to roll out, moving across the Atlantic, only to crash with the same force as the west coast rugged shore line for California, Oregon, and Washington.

Both the West Coast of the US and Portugal have dramatic landscapes, with cliffs that are too dangerous to climb for most of us. I haven’t seen these cliffs on the East Coast, and I’ve been to every single state on the East Coast, just as I have on the West Coast, and even the Gulf Coast. The Pacific has areas that are crazy wild.

If anyone’s got more info on this, please share it with us. These are just my own personal observations, having lived on both coastlines for a good many years.

So… Here are the images that I gathered for this Friday Fotos. For me, going to the ocean is always a calming experience, regardless of what the waves are doing.