Portland – Day 2 Coast

There is something so surreal feeling about the coast of Oregon. The weather was chilly, foggy and a bit gloomy. I don’t know that I have ever been to a beach while it was cold. It was a bit of a new experience. I would have loved to stay there for a couple of days with a couple good books, some hot tea or cocoa and just sit and watch the tide, the people, the wildlife. . . . The mood was contemplative, you might say. Once we arrived in Cannon Beach, we quickly sought out the best clam chowder in town, which we found at the Driftwood Inn. Then we headed down to the beach. I felt like I was in a dream. Haystack Rock (the largest of the stones in the pictures below) is the world’s third largest monolith that towers 235 feet above sea level. We didn’t get the opportunity to visit at low tide, but if you do, you can walk out to the rock and see aquatic life in the tide pools.

After spending some time at Cannon Beach, we headed over to Ecola State Park which was just minutes away.

It was pretty spectacular. Again, I just can’t find the words to describe this place. Magical? Stunning? They all seem to fall short.

It’s amazing how hiking all day works up such an appetite. One of our Relevant friends in the forums suggested eating at the Lumberyard Grill while we were in Cannon Beach, so we ate a quick bite there before driving back to Portland. And now we’re off to Day 3. . . .


  1. elliek
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 8:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m so glad you liked it! Cannon Beach is one of my favorite places in the world!

  2. Posted September 6, 2008 at 11:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    aww! beautiful. love the pictures. Looks just like the WA coast.

    jason, to answer your text, because well, I’m very bad at responding to text messages, and it’s a long answer.. sunlight is great for photos, but it just has to be the right time of day, and the right type of subject. You’ll typically always want to sun at your back, so it’s lighting what you’re looking at. Clouds.. not cloudy can enhance the blue of the sky, and normally on a partly cloudy day, there will not be a lot of haze. very cloudy, can be good for so sunsets, and good for diffusing light, making it much more even. diffused light is wonderful for people and portraits, but not really for nature… so it’s all. noon, everything looks pretty bad, unless you’re doing aerials. then pm is bad trying to get pictures of rocks and bluffs from the west coast, because you’re looking west into the sun, and you get silhouettes (which can be good and bad.)

  3. rachaelbecker
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Isn’t it amazing?! I hope you are just loving your trip. Washington is just as pretty and we had a great time. I’d love to travel to Oregon sometime-when you’re finished you should post a list of must-see places that you visited. I really like the pics from the Japanese gardens that you visited.

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