Oregon—The end of the Pacific Coast Hwy.
We’ve spent more than a week now traveling down the Oregon coast. It has been a terrific experience full of spectacular scenery at nearly every curve in the road. It is easy to see why Highway 101 is designated an All American Road. The viewpoints are stunning, the beaches secluded and there are a multitude of state parks located every few miles along the drive. Cyclists are frequently seen biking the road, and RVs are as common as cars. But nothing spoils the landscape . . . it is the focal point and the big draw. In fact, words are really superfluous—the photographs say it all.
We pulled over at a scenic overlook to have lunch. It was a million dollar view.
After leaving Heceta Head, the town of Bandon was our next stopover. It’s a small place that just might have the best stretch of coastline right at its doorstep. We arrived on a very foggy afternoon, but by the next morning the skies cleared up.
We spent most of our time walking the beaches, checking out the tide pools and attempting to fly a kite.
It was the pounding surf and impressive wave action that also caught our attention. It was like nothing we have ever experienced. Our first day was spent mostly gawking.
The immensity of some of these sea stacks also had us gabbing. Monoliths of rock towering above the beach, it was reminiscent of Monument Valley in Arizona. It was truly something to experience.
Our first night might have been fogged in, but our last evening was much better. The sunset view gave us a memorable ending to our stay.
Two more lighthouses were added to our cache. One was found outside of Bandon, and the other was en route to our next destination.
Harris State Park, just north of the town of Brookings, was our last campground here on the coast. Being one of the nicest state park campgrounds we have ever experienced, we had a site overlooking the ocean. More beaches to explore, tidepooling in the morning at low tide, and finding a remote beach that offered endless photographic possibilities.
Green anemone are fascinating creatures.
It was an excellent way to end this segment of our Oregon Tour.
From the wild and windy Oregon Coast,
Airstream Travelers, Chris and Melinda