Needing a break from the hustle of Portland, Sam and I headed out to the Oregon coast for the last few days of our time in Oregon. His dad has a home in Lincoln City right on the beach, a simply perfect spot to relax for a few days.
In a quiant two bedroom beach house, we could overlook the ocean and storms rolling in throughout the day. I was amazed by how quickly the weather would change in front of our eyes and we could see the clouds rolling in over the ocean. It was a beautiful sight.
Lincoln City is nestled in the center of the Oregon coast in a small community, which makes for a perfect jumping spot for day trips. We went on a hike the first day out there to an overlook that looked over all of Lincoln City. The hike was through a mossy forest. The trees were all coated with bright green moss and rain drops from the constant misting. It felt very mystical, almost like I was in another world. I felt like a hobbit exploring unknown territory in Middle Earth!
Another day, we visited Haystack Rock in Pacific City, a famous freestanding rock in the ocean. Seen in many pictures of the Oregon coast, this sight did not disappointed. Just offshore from a wide expanse of beach, Haystack Rock stands solitary in the ocean with waves crashing around it. We were there during high tide, otherwise we might have been able to walk out to it. But it made for a perfect spot to enjoy a beer and relax.
On our final, we took a beautiful drive down the coast stopping at several spots along the way. This was my favorite part of the trip, simply enjoying the ocean views with my love. One of the spots we visited was called Devil’s Punchbowl. The pounding ocean waves have created this open roofed cave and amazing gorges along the coast. It was a beautiful spot and we managed to make it there while it was bright and sunny. The roaring sounds of the waves and the bright pops of color from the rock and shrubs made for a lovely view.