We drove over the snowy Coast Range from Portland to Cannon Beach and explored some of our favorite places on a cold, sunny day. Everywhere else within reach was colder, wetter, snowier.
Arcadia Beach State Park
First stop, late morning. High tide was in the early afternoon so the beach was shrinking as we walked a couple of miles south along the shore. We could not get around any of the headlands. Heavy mineral concentrations on the sand-depleted winter beaches made beautiful patterns.
Hug Point State Park
Tide even higher, so our stop here was brief.
Arch Cape Beach
We have stayed near this beach many times over the past 30 years. We found a log to perch on while we ate our lunch. Only the rocky shingle was exposed on the winter beach. Thick foam was washing around in the swash zone, floating on the ebbing water, sparkling in the sun.
At the south end of Oswald West State Park, the view to Nehalem Bay and Manzanita to the south is stunning.
We hiked the three mile round trip to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain – beautiful views on this cold day.
Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park
We walked a couple of miles here on the interconnected trails that lead to Short Sand Beach in Smuggler’s Cove.
There were a few surfers in the water.
I accidentally photographed a surfer when I was zooming in on the falls.
Silver Point View
Looking back toward Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock.
Cannon Beach/Haystack Rock at Sunset
After an early dinner in Cannon Beach, we parked near Haystack Rock. Dan walked down the beach to photograph the sunset. I watched from above, keeping warm in the car. (Hike #11, 8 miles, 1100 feet for the day).
I finished the first sock of this pair. I have set up a frame to practice canvas stitching.