Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Beaches on Highway 101 South of Newport

Today after working on the itinerary for the rest of our trip, we headed down the coast stopping at several beaches. The Oregon coast is very accessible to the public as much of it is state park beaches. We began at Seal Rock, a popular tourist stop right along the Pacific Coast Highway (US 101). The entrance to Seal Rock State Park is just up the road from the scenic overlook.

Seal Rock beach from the roadside overlook

The rocks in the water form a protective arc around the beach

Although seals do frequent the rocks during certain times of the day, there are always lots of birds all day long.

These unusual flowers are along the path from the parking lot to the beach in Seal Rock State Park.

Next stop: Driftwood State Park

Back to Newport to visit the pier full of barking seals

The seals put on a show enjoyed by many on-lookers.

Bridge over the Yakima River at Newport

Settling down for the night

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