Oregon Coast
June 8, 2007 was a travel day as Kelly Wood and I drove through Northern California to the Oregon Coast on the last leg of our honeymoon.  We found a nice campground at Humbug Mountain State Park and spent our first night in Oregon there.
We saw a few pelicans here as well as a sea lion poking its head out of the ocean.  This secluded beach is a short walk from the campground.
Enchanting, is it not? The sun sets across the Pacific Ocean.
We had great intentions to explore the Oregon Coast on 9 June 2007, but the gloomy weather killed any motivation to do any serious hiking.  Instead, we paid a brief visit to the Coquille River Lighthouse before continuing northward into ever deteriorating weather.  At the village of Depoe Bay, we stopped for a break, and Kelly took this opportunity to do a little shopping among the numerous gift shops while I took the opportunity to get some ice cream.  What else is there to do on a rainy day?  We ultimately wound up in the depressing town of Tillamook and checked into a motel there.
We also walked out to the end of the jetty (out of view to the right). This is the Coquille River Lighthouse.
The weather was only marginally better on the morning of 10 June 2007 as we left Tillamook and proceeded up the coast toward the mouth of the Columbia River.  On the way, we stopped at Oswald West State Park to do a short hike to Short Sand Beach, and later, we poked around a bit at Hug Point State Recreation Site.  Thus ended our disappointing visit to the Oregon Coast as we subsequently continued on to Kirkland, Washington to visit my brother's family.  A return trip is definitely warranted, but Kelly and I will have to time our next visit to coincide with more favourable weather.
This beach is immensely popular with surfers. Kelly surveys the mist at Short Sand Beach.
They look rather tired. Here are a couple of green sea anemones.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Wood
Wish I had a metal detector! Sonny pines for sunnier weather as he strolls along Short Sand Beach.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Wood
Stagecoaches used to travel along this beach. This is the beach at Hug Point.
This thing was about the size of my thumb. A very odd-looking crab is stranded in a small tidal pool.
I didn't bother trying to scramble up this thing. Kelly and Sonny stand beside a big rock near Hug Point.