Saturday morning was slotted as our coast day – because why not squeeze in as much photography and of the area as possible right? From Portland we went North and West to start our coast exploration in Astoria – the northern most tip of Oregon’s coast.
One of the reasons i wanted to start in Astoria was of course the Goonies! Much of the movie was filmed there and you can still visit the Goondocks as well as the beaches where the ship set sail at the end. I convinced Barb to make a slight detour to visit the Goonies house… (I also found out you could visit the Short Circuit and Kindergarten Cop houses as well but opted not to). It’s just off the main highway by a few blocks and quite easy to find. The house lies on a hillside with a private drive and they ask you to park on the surrounding streets and walk up. As we made our way up someone was leaving the house so we had a quick chat and he said that he thought 9.000 people visited each year but didn’t have a log book so who knows what the real number is.
I decided to do the Truffle Shuffle in honor of Chunk in front of the house, the fence is of course different but it was fun. As we were coming down drive we saw at least 3 or 4 more cars making the drive by and later parking and working their way up to the house as well. As we drove away I played Cindy Lauper’s Good Enough for us as we cruised through Astoria 🙂 (One note – miss Barb has never seen the Goonies so she didn’t find the stop quite as amusing as I did, but she was a great sport.)
Continuing down the coast we hit Seaside in the hopes of finding a nice little restaurant for a yummy seafood lunch, but the town seemed quite touristy and we decided we’d continue on down to Cannon Beach in the hopes that it might be more what we were looking for. As we got close we noticed signs for a sand castle event and started realize town might be a bit busy… it was. But even with the big event going on on the beach we were able to find decent parking as well as some of the best seafood ever.
We’d passed this small place while looking for parking and after vetoing 2 other places decided it’d be it and boy were we glad we did. ecola seafoods restaurant and market is one of those places that sells the fresh seafood as well as cooks it.. many got the small seafood salads, the fresh clam chowder (YUM), and I got the crab melt… all to die for, and much recommended!
pretty irises outside the shops… and a constant reminder that a tsunami is always a possibility while on the coast….
The sand castle contest was pretty fun to check out, while it meant there were a TON of people on the beach it added a bit of beach culture to our trip. Check out some of the amazing entries:
After a few hours in Cannon Beach we realized we should probably get a move on towards Newport and beyond. Our plan was to stop in Cape Perpetua to check out Devil’s Churn, Cook’s Chasm & Thor’s Well before sunset then head down to Heceta Head Lighthouse for the finale of the night. We weren’t thrilled with the churn and spent a bit of time at the chasm looking for Thor’s well but it wasn’t obvious at first. I spent a good amount of time bushwhacking to what i THOUGHT was the well. It was a beautiful area even though i couldn’t get close to the well like i thought i should.
Then on my return back to the parking i spot it, obvious once you knew where it was… So i run down to do a quick couple of shots, knowing we’d be continuing on to the lighthouse. One my way out I ran into a few other photographers who assured me it was fairly safe to go out (Barb was super worried about me, yet again) and offered to come with to make sure I was all good. It was great to have them there for warnings of rogue waves and the cleaning cloths since i was in such a hurry to get out there that i wasn’t truly prepared. While out there we got chatting and i found out that the lighthouse was basically under wraps due to reconstruction and wouldn’t be ideal for any photos, let alone sunset and extra time in the car.
After some debate we decided to stay for sunset since it would have taken a bit too long to get back to Newport with an unknown lighthouse. I ended up staying out at Thor’s Well probably a bit too long, but i have to say it was pretty amazing and I was glad I got the chance to take these photos.
We returned quite late and passed out almost instantly from our long day on the coast 🙂