Oregon Coast

A visit to Oregon would not be complete without seeing the Pacific Coast. Several days along Hwy-101 rewarded me with a variety of marvelous sights.

(Dunes City OR)
My first stop was at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area south of Florence. While there, I hiked the Waxmyrtle trail, along the Siltcoos River, out to the shore.

River in dunes area of Oregon

Siltcoos River on Oregon Coast

Sand dune on coast

Siltcoos Beach

Stayed a couple of nights at the Waxmyrtle Campground, in the dunes, and then visited Siltcoos Beach on my way out. It was very windy on both days, but still invigorating.

(Florence OR)
Drove out to see the South and North Jetties where the Siuslaw River empties into the Pacific Ocean. The strong wind kept me from lingering for too long by the jetties.

RV with sand dunes behind

Tardis at South Jetties

Jetty at mouth of river

North Jetty at Suislaw River

Afterward, ate a fish sandwich for lunch at Bridgewater Fishhouse on the waterfront. And then, continued north on US-101, along the coast, past Heceta Beach.

(nr Heceta Beach OR)
Stopped at a pull-out to photograph the sea lions on the rocks below. There is a tourist shop with an elevator down to the Sea Lion Caves for a fee. But, why bother when I had a zoom lens.

Sea lions by the surf

Sea Lions on the Rocks

Lighthouse on rocky coast

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Shortly after that, I pulled into a viewpoint parking area to get a photo of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. Getting to the lighthouse was a bit difficult, and it was still pretty windy and misty; so, I hurried to find a campsite for that night.

Lucky for me it was free camping day at Washburne Memorial State Park with electric and water. There were some bluegrass musicians jamming, near the Camp Host, so I sat to listen for awhile.

Fog on the beach with headland

Foggy Morning at Washburne

Foggy beach on the Pacific

Washburn Beach in the Mist

The next morning, I hiked a trail that lead to Washburne Beach. A leisurely walk in the cool and foggy air was invigorating. I strolled, for a mile all alone, listening to the surf wash ashore.

(nr Yachats OR)
Northward I went, stopping at Tokatee Klootchman and then Cook’s Chasm where the surf rushes into a slot that will spout water high up into the air, through a blow hole, under the right conditions; but, not that day.

Surf rolling into rocky coast

Tokatee Klootchman

Surf pounding the rocks

Cook’s Chasm with Surf

Pulled into Bob Creek to photograph the surf splashing against the rocks; and stayed to eat a sandwich. Passed by Strawberry Hill, and pulled in at Cape Perpetia Campground in the Suislaw National Forest; my site backed up to Cape Creek.

A hike into the forest took me to see one of Oregon’s heritage trees. A 550 year old, 225 ft tall, 40 feet circumference Sitka spruce. How do you photograph that standing 10 feet from it’s massive trunk?

High viewpoint of headland on the coast

Strawberry Hill from atop Cape Perpetua

Inlet with rocky coast

Devil’s Churn

The next morning it was a hike to the top of Cape Perpetua with an expansive view of the coastline. And then, a stop at Devil’s Churn to see another slot like Cook’s Chasm. But alas, no water spout there either. A ranger told me that high tide, in the winter, is the best time to see it.

(Seal Rock OR)
North of Waldport, I stopped to see Driftwood Beach which had no driftwood; darn. Then, a viewpoint next to Seal Rock, a huge, domed rock where seals presumably congregate; but, I saw none there. Nice view of the surf crashing onto the rocks though.

Massive rock in the surf

Seal Rock and Beach

Coastal rocks and surf

Surf action near Seal Rock

(Agate Beach OR)
In Newport, I stopped at Flashbacks Grill, with 50s and 60s decor and menu. Yummy! Went a little bit north for a visit to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon’s tallest, which was possibly the most picturesque site.

Lighthouse on rocky coast

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Grassy headland on Pacific coast

Yaquina Head

Saw several whales off the coast from there. Of course, by the time I figured out how to photograph them, they had moved further out. Try catching them when you’re not sure where they will surface next, hah!

(Otter Rock OR)
Next viewpoint was at Devil’s Punchbowl. It’s a big rock with a hole you can look into and watch the surf crash inside. Again, wrong timing to get a dramatic shot of the action. But, there was a really nice view of the beach and rocks below.

Rocky coast and cliffs

Shore by Devil’s Punchbowl

Pacific coastal scene

Ocean view at Cape Foulweather

My furthest point north was at Cape Foulweather. So named by Captain Cook when he visited during a storm. It was really very pretty there, with great views up and down the coast. Stayed at Tillicum Beach Campground-Suislaw National Forest for my last camp on the coast.

Camps: NFS-Waxmyrtle, Cape Perpetua, Tillicum Beach, Washburne Memorial SP
Scene: Dunes, beach, surf, cliffs, lighthouses

2 Responses to Oregon Coast

  1. Dizzy-Dick July 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Each and every one of those pictures would make a great painting. That, you could do on rainy days when you don’t want to get out and about.

    • Pleinguy July 15, 2014 at 3:58 am #

      You make a good point Dick. Provided someone is used to painting from photos. I haven’t done that in over twenty years, I’ve learned to paint while on location, which is a very different process.

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