Ladies and gents, I have been coming to the Oregon coast since the late 1980s. There has never been a trip I didn’t enjoy. Even if it rains or its cold, the right coat allowed me to do whatever I wanted.
Today though, had enough combinations of things to honestly agree with Michelle when she asked if I had an Epic day. I did! I can’t ever remember one being better!
Our original plan was to drive back up to Canon Beach today. There was a blanket and a handbag that Michelle fell in love with up there. We were going to go back and get them. However, after sleeping in a while, Michelle said, “I am not sure I want to drive all day again!”
After pondering for a bit about what to do instead, she suggested “Lets go to Yachats! (pronounced Ya- HOTS). It’s a tiny town south of us, where her Grandma used to live. I love that town, and agreed immediately!
On the way down, though I asked, “Would you mind if we stopped at Seal Rock?” Its a cool state park right off 101 that has some of the best tide pools around! We are pretty sure the park got its name from this big rock.
When we got there, I could NOT believe how far out the tide was.
Only once have I been there when the tide was out far enough to access these rocks!
Now some guys grow out of the need for climbing things. Parents ride herd on them when they are young, to keep them alive. Then, when they hit 50, they are not supposed to be drawn to stuff like this! Well that’s some guys, not me!
Now due to plant life I was not able to make it to the top of this one. However, the one next to it was no problem at all!
Nothin like a top of the rock selfie!
Down below, the tide pools lived up to their names! Michelle did one helluva job with the pics here!
Not to mention the gate keeper watching it all!
We did learn from a ranger that this was all formed by volcanic action. In fact it was formed by the same hot spot that is Yellowstone 15 million years ago! I Love nerdy facts like this.
Folks timing is everything! 15 minutes after I came down, the path way to the rocks was starting to disappear as the tide came in
When we stopped at the look out again 2 hours later on the way home it looked like this!
Yes timing is every thing!
Yachats is a very tiny town but it has a great overlook with crashing waves and rocks. With the tide coming in it was even better!
In town we also discovered an ancient, albeit working artifact!
We stopped for lunch at a spectacular restaurant, Onas. I ordered the sourdough bread band hazelnut pesto appetizer, YUM, and the grilled cheese with crab tomato bisque. OH MY GAWD… I licked the plates and wanted more! Michelle had the fresh caught albacore tuna salad with rice. We may make a special trip down there to eat again.
On the way back we stopped in Newport to check out the surfers
As well as the hot chicks at the beach!
This was very close to a place called Devils Punch Bowl, which is really a unique place to check out.
The zoom lens helps a LOT here!
Also near here was the Flying Dutchman winery. Debbie was working today and chatted up a storm, but also served some GREAT red wines. We brought a Syrah and a Red Blend home.
While we were there, Ole Eagle Eye Valente (Michelle) also spotted whales in the distance! (It’s all about timing)
When we got back to the hotel, we broke open the wine and started looking at all the pictures, You just get a few (but if you want more, let me know I have a ton!) After a bit, I started getting hungry and mosied down the hill to Subway. On the way back up, I looked at the ocean and saw a POD of gray whales!
OH HELL YEAH!!! I love whales! I got to the room as fast as I could, and broke out the binoculars! There was a pod a 4 or 5 whales. We saw the heads breach, the fins, the blow holes, and the backs! We watched them for 15 – 20 minutes. Sadly, this was the only picture I got, as I spent more time watching than snapping pics.
Had I not gotten hungry, I woulda missed it! It is ALL about the timing, and I am beginning to think the beach gods worked their magic to get us here instead of DC! I am damn glad they did!
So lets recap! Climbed rocks I haven’t been able to get to in 25 years, found great tide pools (including hermit crabs!), found a new favorite place to eat, saw great crashing waves, learned new science trivia, drank yummy wine AND had whales outside our room.
Yes boys and girls, add to it I did this ALL with the woman I love and it was the best ocean day ever! Who needs DC!