Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Oregon Coast in September

The Oregon coastline includes 365 miles of windswept beauty.  We had been to a few spots along the coast in the past but decided to spend a week there earlier this month. 

And we are so glad we did!

Our first stop was Astoria...
a lovely port city at the mouth of the Columbia River...
which is also a cruise ship terminal.

It happens to be the oldest city in the state of Oregon...
founded in 1811.

We had fish and chips on a pier...
where we watched sea lions in the waters below.

We could see the Megler bridge in the distance.

At 6,545 meters, it is the longest continuous tress bridge in North America.
It was completed in 1966...
replacing the ferry service which was the only link to Washington State

Such beauty.
Ecola State Park.

Nehalem Bay State Park...
our home base for our visit.

With miles of sand beaches...

...dunes to climb 

...and trails to cycle,
it was a good choice.

Our visit to Cape Meares Lighthouse was a bit of a disappointment as the fog rolled in that morning.

By the time we reached Oceanside (a few miles to the south),
the fog had lifted.

We stopped at Three Arch Rocks...
a national wildlife refuge.
Each of the three rocks seen in the distance is an arch.

The refuge is home to many seabirds.

We drove the 'Three Capes Scenic Loop' stopping here and there along the way.

Who knew Oregon had two Haystack Rocks?
This is the lesser known one at Cape Kiwanda,
just north of Pacific City.

I hiked to the top of the sand dune at Cape Kiwanda...

...for amazing views.
It was worth the half-mile climb up sand!

We stopped by Tillamook Creamery for ice-cream...
along with hundreds of others who also thought that was a good idea! 
I can recommend their salted caramel ice-cream!

And then there was Cannon Beach...

...with its famous haystack rock.

We spent an afternoon there...

...watching the kite fliers and the castle builders.

Back at our campsite...
we had visitors daily. 

The deer were right at home...

...and we bumped into elk a few times along the trail. 

The Oregon coast sunsets were amazing!

Waves of sand.

Our northern Oregon coast adventure was the perfect way to end the camping season for 2022.

I decided to give my Oregon memories a separate post.
Stay tuned for my September monthly re-cap...
coming soon.


  1. Oh and I thought you were early. Good. I like more posts. Your photos of the Oregon coast are spectacular. Another opportunity for me to see country that I'd never see otherwise. Wonderful that you got away from it all, though it would not surprise me if you took another camping trip before the end of the camping season.

  2. You had some great weather on the coast. Love your camper in that setting. Glad you enjoyed your days there! Happy Fall to you and soon you'll be celebrating Thanksgiving!

  3. Your photos of the Oregon coast have me itching to pack up the trailer and head out on the road once again. Such amazing vistas. Even the fog is beautiful.

  4. Wow, you really captured the beauty of the coast at a good time! Makes me want to try again! I think going the RV way for this must be the best!


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