On a cloudy Saturday morning in early April, we left Portland for the coastal town of Lincoln City. We explored the beaches there that night and the next morning.
What makes Lincoln City so unique to us were the countless tree trunks and stumps that had washed ashore over the Winter. On this beach families were gathering and cooking out using the the drift wood as fuel. Some people had even built small, driftwood huts or a “Lincoln City sand castle”.
On Sunday, the clouds yielded to what turned into perfect weather. We went further down the coast to look for whales and visit Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. We didn’t see any whales but there was no shortage of breathtaking views and quaint seaside towns along the way.
I was surprised at the size of the punchbowl. The formations were like a maritime version of the arches of southern Utah.
We found a path down to the beach and spent at least an hour exploring the rocks, anemones, mussels, seaweed, and starfish.
It’s amazing just how many scenic areas there are a long the coast and to think we’ve not even seen half.