Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cape Lookout Trail

Our last trip to Oregon was such a whirlwind, we didn't have time to do much hiking. We saw tide pools and explored as much as we could. For this trip, we really wanted to get out on a trail. Perfectly, Cape Lookout State Park had a nice set of trails. We picked the longest over 4 mile(R/T) trail. Cape Lookout Trail did not disappoint, we walked along the cliff edge, wandered through huge forests and ate our hiking snack overlooking the ocean.
 
 When we arrived at about 9:00am, we were the only car. It was a little chilly, but we pulled on our jackets, packs and got started.

 
At the very start of the trail (above left) we could tell how beautiful it was going to be. It was crushed gravel for a little while, but soon turned to dirt, and then mud... Deep, mud. Oh, and trilliums abound!
 




We had wonderful views throughout the hike. The trail wanders along the south side of the cape, and opens to beautiful vistas of shore and sea. Then as quickly as you see the ocean, it's gone and you're immersed in trees cloaked in fuzzy, green mosses and ferns, with only the sound of the waves hinting that you're near an ocean. 




At the very end of the trail, there's a single bench where we enjoyed our hiking snack, drank some water and of course took several pictures. Even Dakota ate some snacks! Can you see how muddy his paws are? We sat and enjoyed the view for easily 20 minutes before deciding we should head back. On the way back, we started to pat ourselves on the back for starting when we did, because we crossed path with no less than 25 people heading out to the cape. The parking lot was full by the time we got back! We sure do love our solitude when hiking, and we're glad we had a chance to enjoy the views, (and the single bench) without others around.
 
It was a beautiful hike, and I suggest it to anyone in the area. And start early if you like a little more solitude like us. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Oregon, Again

My goodness, we just can't stay out of Oregon. Our weekend trip marks the third time we've ventured into that beautiful state. Every time we drive out that way the landscape takes my breath away.
 
Even when it's pouring rain and cloudy.

On this particular trip we went camping! Which was our first camping trip of the year, the earliest it's ever been! We stayed at Cape Lookout State Park, and it was wonderful. The campground was quite, and right next to the ocean, you could hear the waves all through the night. We chose a spot farther back from the ocean, with some more trees and seclusion. It was an excellent spot!
 

The view from our tent. It was perfect. We arrive Friday evening and the weather was excellent. Sunny, and easily 58 degrees. But everything was so green and wonderfully damp. : )



We had Dakota with us, and after setting up camp we knew we needed a nice walk along to beach to ease his excess energy. We walked south along the beach towards the cape, and there was a beautiful waterfall. Please excuse the horrendous photo of me. 


Here's the beach looking towards the cape. This picture is from Saturday night, when the clouds started to roll in and it got super windy. But, we had to walk along the beach again. 

 
Dakota sure does love the ocean, but I wish he'd stop trying to drink the water.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

More Fun in Oregon

 
After hanging out at Oswald West and getting back to our car, we stopped at several other beaches. I'll admit, they all are running together now. I can't remember which is which from the photos. I do know, that every one was absolutely beautiful.



 I loved the spots where streams would come down from the forest out to the beach and right to the ocean. We also saw some jellyfish!
 We were waiting for low tide at most of the beaches so we could get a look at the tide pools. At one beach, I went out a ways and stood on a rock to try and look at some birds. One moment, there was no water around me...the next, there was water up above my ankles. Andrew managed to catch that sequence of events.



These next pictures are from Ecola State Park, I remember because of this log jam we tried to cross. It didn't work out.


 At almost all of the beaches, we had to walk through these misty, ethereal forests before getting to the beach. It was otherworldly, and wonderful.
 



 Ecola had wonderful tide pools- we time it just at low tide, and climbed over all the rocks so we could play. : ) Low tide didn't last very long, and one particularly large wave came in and Andrew in his 6 foot height was able to jump to a higher rock. I just had to turn around and cling to the rock while the wave crashed into my legs. It was pretty hilarious.
 
We finally knew we needed to get back on the road to head home, so I took a few last shots of the trees as we headed out of the state park.


 

This was a wonderful trip. It was only one night, but we managed to pack a lot of fun in, as usual. The drive home was much better, the weather mild and no snowstorm. We already cannot wait to visit the Oregon Coast again.