Onward up the Oregon Coast… Florence to Newport

In my last post I shared our visits to Sweet Creek Falls Trail and Neptune Scenic Viewpoint. While flying the drone over Thor’s Well we got chatting with a couple who recently moved to the area, and discovered in the course of our conversation that we hadn’t actually reached THE waterfall on Sweet Creek, and we were told it was worth going back for. I had a hankering to go back to Thor’s Well too, in hopes of better light.

So… when we got settled in our next Campground, Beverly Beach State Park (78 miles north), we turned the tow car around and drove back to Florence and back up the river to Sweet Creek Falls Trail again. This time we started in a different spot and went to the end, or at least as far as we could go… the trail was closed right before reaching it, The falls are lovely, but difficult to get a good shot of from where we stood.

Sweet Creek Falls Trail, near Florence, Oregon, USA

Sweet Creek

Sweet Creek Falls Trail, near Florence, Oregon, USA

Sweet Creek Falls

Sweet Creek Falls Trail, near Florence, Oregon, USA

Sweet Creek Falls Trail

 

We stopped back at Neptune Scenic Viewpoint as well, and the light was much prettier this time.

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Thor’s Well

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Spouting Horn and Cook’s Chasm

 

Ya know how I’m always seeing faces and figures in clouds and things? Does anyone else see a devil in that geyser? ?

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Spouting Horn

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Waves rolling into Cook’s Chasm

 

Then we pulled out the drone again…

Looking into Thor’s Well – Shot with Mavic Pro2 drone

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Different angle of Cook’s Chasm and Spouting Horn

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Churning waters

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Thor’s Well as seen from the sea

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Devil’s Churn

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Devil’s Churn and the coast beyond

Neptune Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon, USA

Graceful wave cresting over the rocks

 

We got back to our campsite just in time to catch the sunset on Beverly Beach…

Oregon Coast, USA

Sunset from Beverly Beach

Beverly Beach State Park, Oregon, USA

Sunset at Beverly Beach

Beverly Beach State Park, Oregon, USA

Colorful clouds at Beverly Beach

 

The following day we drove to my favorite Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast… Yaquina Head. In addition to the lighthouse, there’s a wonderful shoreline covered entirely with round black stones, lots of tide pools, and seals and sea birds galore. The black stones make the most wonderful sound as the waves roll them up and down the shore.

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Newport, Oregon, USA

Yaquina Head and Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Old Water tank at Yaquina Head

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Waves crashing into Yaquina Bay

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Yaquina Bay

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Yaquina Head Lighthouse from Cobble Beach

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Waves crashing on rocks at Yaquina Bay

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Waves crash on Seal Rock shot from Cobble Beach

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Seals lounging below Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Bald Eagle on alert

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Arched rock below Yaquina Head Lighthouse (Note the black stones)

 

We also hiked down to Quarry Cove. We didn’t spot any wildlife there, but found some lovely waves. ?

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Waves from Quarry Cove Trail

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Cresting wave from Quarry Cove Trail

Yaquina Head Natural Area, Newport, Oregon, USA

Waves from Quarry Cove Trail

 

Later that afternoon we drove Zippy north to the Lincoln Beach area to see Devil’s Punchbowl. This is another pretty cool bit of shoreline…

Lincoln Beach, Oregon, USA

Devil’s Punchbowl at low tide

Lincoln Beach, Oregon, USA

Rock coastline at Devil’s Punchbowl

Lincoln Beach, Oregon, USA

Rock outcrops at Devil’s Punchbowl

Lincoln Beach, Oregon, USA

“Float Tree”

 

And that is it for that segment of coast. One more section of the Oregon Coast to go, and that will be up next!

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