Thursday, September 25, 2008
Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon Coast
For overnight visits you'll want to consider staying in the keepers house, just down from the lighthouse, which has been converted into a Bed and Breakfast. Details are here: http://www.hecetalighthouse.com/
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Oregon Coast near Gold Beach, Oregon
Friday, September 19, 2008
Oregon Coast Road Info at TripCheck.com
This is an updating photo of McCullough Bridge on the coast near North Bend, but you'll also find this information here.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Birding the Oregon Coast
Personally, I'm a fan of the Puffin - stout sea birds that nest in cliffs and have a large, strong orange beek used to crush shellfish for dinner. Also the Osprey which tends to live atop large tree snags (dead trees) in huge nests.
Birding enthusiasts will also want to consider a trip to the Klamath Basin Birding Trail.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Beautiful blue curves along the Oregon Coast
Unlike California where many of the coastal cities are major metropolitan areas (San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego), Oregon has no large cities along its 363 miles of coastal highway 101, the asphalt thread that winds all the way from Astoria to Brookings. Instead, you'll find more than a dozen cities of moderate to small size, many with tourism as the mainstay of the economy although larger cities like Brookings, Gold Beach, Florence, Lincoln City, Newport, and Astoria all have identities that go far beyond their roots in tourism.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Devil's Churn on the Oregon Coast near Cape Perpetua
Oregon Coast Viewpoint along Highway 101
My personal favorite spot on the coast - though there are many superb places - is Devil's Churn just across from the Cape Perpetual lookout. A short hike down from Highway 101 also known as the Pacific Coast National Scenic Byway, takes you down to the shorline where volcanism has created a long narrow passage of hundreds of feet. If the tide is right and the surf is big the waves crash into this area like a freight train - gushing in and out of the Devils Churn in spectacular fashion. I'll try to find a photo of the Churn for the next post.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
The Oregon Coast
A companion website to this blog and to the Oregon Coast region's travel guide is 101MileByMile where you will fine information about every mile of the Oregon Coast Highway 101, a splendid 363 mile ribbon of road that winds along the coast from Brookings-Harbor near the California Border to Astoria on the Columbia River which separates Oregon from Washington State. Highway 101 also serves most of California and all of Washington, ending at the Canadian border where it becomes a Canadian road.