We finally made it to the Oregon coast. We stayed in Seaside at the Seashore Inn at the Beach. I loved the wide long beach and Broadway Street. It was much larger and more touristy than I expected. I brought my drone and flew in Seaside, Cannon Beach and Fort Stevens.
Let’s start with the beach. It must be 100 yards wide from the boardwalk to the water. The sand was real sand; if you’ve read a few of my other blogs you understand. Beaches around the world do not always have sand. Most west coast beach are the nice walkable sandy beaches. The water was calm with a few 3 to 4-foot waves. The surfers were catching a few. The sunny weather brought people to the coast. It was an unusually warm dry November day. A light jacket was needed in the morning or dusk. I flew my drone over the beach and over the small waves. You can check out the footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5R_L_dm-dk
Looking down at the waves was mesmerizing. I like the elevated view from the drone down the beach. A couple other drones showed up through the day. Of course, walking the beach is the best. The sound of the crashing, albeit small waves, was soothing.
The biggest surprise for me was the town. Broadway Street was lined with shops, restaurants, candy stores and a fun zone. I fondly remember playing Frogger for hours in a fun zone. The nice selection of restaurants was great. We enjoyed eating in four different choices: Sam’s Seaside Café, Finn’s Fish House, Big Kahuna, and Pig ‘N Pancake. We tried an oyster shooter at Sam’s and Big Kahuna. This is an oyster in a shot glass with hot sauce on top. Both were good, but the sauce overpowers the oyster taste. We had a light meal and drinks at Finn’s Fish house. I was impressed with the pour and the food. The summer season was long over and some of the stores were closed. Luckily the candy stores still had salt water taffy and some fresh fudge. I enjoyed Seaside and would recommend a visit. We waited on the weather and were pleasantly surprised.
We hit Cannon Beach the next day. I want to say the weather was even better, but it is hard to say. We started with a stop at Ecola State Park. An unfortunate sounding name, but the view to Tillamook Rock Light was good. This lighthouse was first lit in 1881. The local birds were driven out when built, but returned after it was decommissioned in 1957. The views were good but the wind kept it quite cool. It was well above the beach for a great view down to Haystack Rock.
Cannon Beach was beautiful. Similar to Seaside, it was wide and long with good sand. We walked from the State Beach parking lot, over a mile, to Haystack Rock. It was windy and I didn’t want to fly at first. I changed my mind and kept the drone close. The video turned out great. You can catch that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh_l5_Yk0qg
The sea stacks just off the coast, called the Needles, are smaller than Haystack Rock. Signs tell you climbing is not allowed, but it is very close. A short walk into the water and one could get to the beginning. The rock itself is very steep and I doubt it is easily climbable. The walk out would be through some very cold water. The homes along the beach were stunning. One was for sale, but I cannot imagine the price. I love the Oregon Coast, but the water is inaccessible without a wetsuit.
Another great evening in Seaside and we packed up for the round about trip home. I would recommend where we stayed. The Seashore Inn on the Beach is on the beach and had the best prices of the nearby hotels. The morning was cooler and not a clear as the two previous days. A shipwreck was on the docket – Wreck of the Peter Iredale. After a stop at Starbucks in Seaside, we headed north. Fort Stevens State Park. The fort has six gun batteries. Five overlook the Columbia River and one looks out to the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps I should let you know these were last used in WWII and there are no functional weapons here. Only one replica cannon is on the fort. It is a State Park, not a military installation. We walked three of the six batteries. We drove to the end of the park for a view of the jetty, the ocean and the Columbia River. There was a bit of wind at the shipwreck, but I flew my drone for the practice. I know I need to get better, smoother videos, but I enjoyed the small wreck on the beach.
We stopped in Astoria for lunch before we head home.