Thursday, June 28, 2012

Back to the Coast

I've caught the bug.  My last trip to the Oregon coast was so wonderful, I just had to return.  Even though the weekend forecast was less than stellar (50% chance of rain) I decided to go anyway.  That's what raingear is for.

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The beach at Hug Point

My original plan was to hike from Short Sand Beach to Neahkahnie Mountain and back.  But I got a late start, so the itinerary was downsized to merely trekking up the top of the bluff overlooking the beach.  Then I passed by a sign for Hug Point Wayside.  With a name like that, it was just too tempting to pass up.

The high tide line is very apparent

What a cute little beach!  The shoreline was framed by rocky headlands on both sides, with Hug Point to the north.  Hug Point got its name from the early days when people used the beach as a road to travel from town to town.  At high tide, the waves came right up to the edge of the rocks, thus one had to "hug" the cliffs to get around this point.

Bear running from the waves

Bear was so happy to be outside!  He ran and ran, up and down the beach, ears flapping and tongue hanging out in a big doggy grin.

Bear is lovin' the beach

The beach was another wonderful scenic spot.  I, of course, got busy with my camera.  Bear usually steers clear when I'm shooting photos, but for some reason today he managed to get himself into almost every frame.  And this was one of the times I really didn't want a dog in the middle of my images.

Creek outlet to the sea

I got super lucky with the weather.  Although the skies were cloudy, the rain stayed away.

Small colorful beach flowers

Cloudy skies aren't all bad.  They make for some really nice flower shots - saturated colors and no shadows.


Raindrops bead on the leaves

And the raindrops beading up on the bright green leaves sparkled like diamonds.

Hug Point sea cave

What a picturesque little spot!  I'm coming back here again on a nice sunny day.  Or maybe at sunset.  Or maybe both.

Unusual plant

After killing an hour or so at Hug Point, I loaded Bear back in my car and drove to the huge parking area for Oswald West State Park.  The beach here, Short Sand Beach, is very popular with surfers.  They pretty much dominated most of the vehicles in the parking lot.  I joined the parade of surfers, boards and wetsuits in tow, on the path to the water.

Short Sand Beach

The cool, cloudy weather didn't look very inviting for surfing.  But in Oregon I guess if you wait for a sunny day, you'd never get in the water.  Besides, that's what wetsuits are for.

Wave action art

This was another lovely, rocky shoreline.  The wave action running back and forth over small rocks made very cool patterns in the sand.  Kinda artsy isn't it?

Foxglove blooms near the beach

To reach this beach, I walked through an amazing old growth coastal forest, full of gigantic trees.  Where the forest met the sand, low bushes and flowers grew.  There was a huge patch of lovely pink foxglove blossoms that brightend up this woodsy boundary.

Where the forest and beach meet - a flower garden

Again, I had a blast capturing all the nice scenery on my memory card.  Bear managed to stay out of the way this time.

Lichen covered rocks

It's so easy to waste a lot of time walking the beach, snapping occasional images.  After an hour of this, I realized if I was going to have time for a hike, I needed to hit the trail.  Wandering the confusing maze of paths through the thick vegetation, I found a sign for the Oregon Coast Trail.

Walk-though tree

I don't know what it is about the trails on the coast, but so far every one of them I've hiked has been super muddy!  This path was no exception.  It didn't take long before the trail turned to muck and I was again wallowing though a soupy mess.


Humungeous trees

I walked for a mile or so, hoping to find the two side paths that were supposed to lead to viewpoints on top of the bluff.  But I found nothing - only dense forest, and lots of it. 
But all was not lost. I saw a bunch of neat old, huge trees. One was so large, they cut a hole through the middle, and the trail went right through it.

Cool suspension bridge

And Bear and I got to walk across this really cool suspension bridge that led us back to the parking lot. 

Although we didn't travel very far, it was fun to hang out on the beach.  There was wide open spaces for Bear to run, and lots of amazing scenes for me to photograph.  And, best of all, the rain held off until I was safely back in the car heading home.


  1. I especially like seeing your dog on the beach and on the trail.

  2. I am always so excited to find new blog friends from different parts of the country who enjoy the outdoors as much as I do. Your pictures so draw me in to wherever it is you are taking them. Can't wait to visit those places on my own.

  3. Beautiful and wet .Seeing droplets on flowers in your pic makes me miss rains even more. Only a few more months here. :)

  4. Beautiful and wet .Seeing droplets on flowers in your pic makes me miss rains even more. Only a few more months here. :)

  5. Fabulous shots! Loved the foxglove and beach shots!...and Bear! He is so photogenic!

  6. The walk through tree is very cool and I love the suspension bridge. Your beach photos are beautiful. Do you ever find sea glass on any of them?

  7. I moved from KS to New Zealand and, after 6 years, still take hundreds of shots of the beach and water!! Yours are wonderful!

  8. The beach is always wonderful. I don't think of it while I'm away, but each time I return, I think why don't I come more often. Suggestion - it is full moon this week, can you time a visit for the moonset. Just realised it is 4 July [have a happy one] and you have a long twilight so maybe not a possibility.

  9. Beautiful pictures of an area of the country I hope to see one day. I love how Bear is always checking back to see what you are up to. Ann

  10. Beautiful photos. I love Bear playing on the beach ~ he's a cutie!!! Happy 4th of July

  11. It looks like a beautiful place to visit! and your photos are wonderful.

  12. At first glance...I knew this had to be the beautiful Oregon coast! I spent my childhood growing up on the Oregon Coast. How I loved spending time on the beach picking up shells, singing to the top of my lungs, running along the water's edge! I loved revisiting it all thanks to you, my friend!
    Have a safe and Happy 4th!


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