Fall 2012 West Coast Trip travel blog

Our first view of the Oregon Coast. There was a great cool...

A famous bridge in Newport

Seals in Newport harbor. They were playing in the water and making...

Lots of steps down to this beach

There are quite a few lighthouses along the sections of coastline we...

Walking over to a foggy beach. Here we cross a river running...

The first beach we walked

A rocky section of coastline in the fog.

Another location with lots of waves crashing on the rocks

As we walked this beach we could see the fog rolling in...

You can really see the fog rolling in here

Day two and a busy beach

Another rocky coast. We stopped to see the coastline and found whales

Our first good view.

This one came in really close

Another one swam right towards us

And went down showing his tail

On his way down

And almost gone. This happened over and over. At times there were...

This one was great

I can set up my camera to take continuous shots

And going



Still Going

Almost gone

While the whales were under water we watched seals playing in the...

There were about 20 or 30 seals. They are probably feeding too.

This is the devil's punchbowl (I don't know why it's called that)

This was a cave and the roof collapsed

One of our last views of the Oregon coast

We arrived in Corvalis, Oregon on Thursday Sept 13. It was a short trip from the Columbia River Gorge so we arrived pretty early in the day and decided to drive over to Newport on the coast. We went to several overlooks, walked around the old section of town and saw lots of seals in the harbor, and ate dinner at a waterfront restaurant at a window seat.

Friday we drove 50 miles along the coast south from Newport. There are State parks or waysides about every couple miles and we hit all of them. Most of the day was off and on fog. It was clear enough most of the time to get really good views and the foggy sections were really interesting views. You could see a bank of fog hanging off the coast and then in sections it would come streaming in.We got lots of great pictures and walked along several beaches (we did not wade in however as the water was about 50 degrees). We drove as far south as Florence and had a late lunch/early dinner waterfront again.

Saturday we did the 40 miles north of Newport driving from Otis south to Newport. The day was crystal clear and we got lots of great views. Again lots of pictures. South of Depot Bay we stopped at an overview and saw a pod of whales feeding. We were there for over an hour and at times were watching 3 whales right in front of us.

Two days are no where near enough time, but we head out to Crater Lake tomorrow.

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