A landscape photographer's tour
Florence, OR to Pacific City, OR
Keith's travels in California and the Pacific Northwest - April-May 2007
- This photo-diary covers a driving trip up the coast from San Francisco in April/May 2007 along the Pacific highway. Now I've returned, I've included some of my travel photography from this trip in the main Gallery, and updated any info that may be of help to people who come across these pages as part of their planning for driving tours of the California and Oregon coasts, looking for places to stay or sites to visit. It's a great place for a vacation, or just a road trip up the Pacific coast to photograph some of the scenery. If you've any questions about the hotels/inns/motels where I stayed, then please do feel free to drop me a line.
I'm staying in Cape Kiwanda for a couple of days, and having a bit of a rest from driving on Saturday
I left Florence fairly early (my getting up time drifts later during these trips ;-)
After a few miles I stopped at Neptune beach
The rocks here are mostly volcanics, and here's a dyke (an intrusive near vertical sheet of magma), with quarter for scale (arrowed). Who said I never learnt anything on Geology field trips to Scotland ;-)
Anyway, here are a couple of more scenic views
And the bridge on the main road
Here's the first big bridge of the day
More impressive is the one heading in to Newport
Newport is a major fishing port - you can see the bridge in the background of this shot of part of the harbour
While I was watching, this seal (or is it a sea-lion?) came up and decided it didn't much like one of the seagulls on the water :-) Do they eat sea-birds? It certainly got all the gulls to move...
Time for breakfast at 'the coffee house'
Here are some fellow diners sampling the huge pancakes...
While I went for the very interesting (and tasty) Crabcakes florentine - the sauce is a mustard and tarragon white sauce
Another nice spot to view the waves
and time for coffee and a quick check of my email :-)
The headland below has the Yaquina lighthouse - not having the interest in lighthouse that they seem to have round here, I decided not to stump up the $5 to visit it.
here's a better view from the car park...
Here's the view looking up the coast. The weather was gradually clouding over all day.
I'd decided to stay at Cape Kiwanda for a while, and went a bit further up the coast while waiting for my room to be ready.
This is the view of Haystack rock from the north. I've stayed here before and got some excellent sunset shots (pics in the main gallery)
I also had a walk in the forest above Lookout Point
In the full size picture, the waves can be seen several hundred feet below
More big tall trees
...but some nice flowers as well
Meanwhile back at Cape Kiwanda, it looked as if there wasn't going to be a good sunset that evening, so here's just a few shots of the last sun.
Then I went off to the Pelican Pub and Brewery, which is why this update is a bit late :-)