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.