Photo Friday: Oregon Coast

Last month I enjoyed a girls' weekend on the Oregon coast before heading to the Grand Canyon (and yes, I had to pack for 4 seasons. I experienced them all in 3 weeks). We had scenic weather--rain showers and sun, wind and waves. Here are a few of the scenic highlights.

We stayed two nights at the adorable and literary-themed Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, OR. Every room is named for and decorated in keeping with a writer. Our group used the Ken Kesey room--think bunkroom at the asylum only with comfy beds--and Oscar Wilde. The hotel is named for Sylvia Beach, who opened the Shakespeare & Co bookstore in Paris in 1919.

The hotel sits on a bluff overlooking the beach.

The view from breakfast. Unfortunately, they weren't serving dinner while we were there.

It was too cold, wet, and windy for us to sit out, but I'll bet it's wonderful in summer!

We enjoyed the usual things--great meals out, walks on the beach, and a massage. Rain just made new magic.

My artist friend Pam Ingalls showed her eye with this photo of the harbor through a rain-dappled window. See her paintings at

My attempts to capture the feeling of the ocean were endless, and for the most part unsuccessful, as such attempts usually are.

I did better with the beach.

Wave patterns in the sand.

The Highway 1 bridge out of town. I'd be crossing it soon.

When our party broke up, I spent a few hours on my drive checking out a few cool spots along the coast.

Devil's Punchbowl:

A collapsed sea cave.
The Yaquina Point Lighthouse:

This was visible from the other side at the hotel.

Hecata Head Lighthouse:

If you look closely, this is seen through a driving rain.

The Devil's Churn (the devil was apparently very busy along this coast):

You can see the curds turning into butter.

And just next to it, Cook's Chasm and the Spouting Horn.

I can see from all this that I need to take a trip down the coast with time to explore more, and I need to take my daughter with me (she is a huge fan of crashing surf, blowholes, and the like).

Not sure where this was, but it really was the same day as the pouring rain photo! Spring on the coast is wonderful that way.

I hope you enjoyed this little taste of the coast! Next week, I may have some new photos from Valley of Fire State Park--I stopped there again on my way to the Grand Canyon.


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