We quickly visited the Yaquina Head State Park in Newport for a view of the lighthouse, the beach and its numerous rocks sticking out of the sea. As we reached the lighthouse, we met a photographer firmly holding his tripod and camera. He explained that he was trying to a get a money shot of the tail of the whale out there. Whale?! Eager to see it as well, we waited with him and every three minutes we spotted the grey back of the whale and a splash of water. We never saw more and the photographer headed in another direction to find more luck, but hey, it still counts right?
Welcome to Oregon! After a night in a ridiculously expensive campground in Seaside, we headed to Ecola Park, just North of Cannon Beach. This lovely place offers a great view of Cannon Beach and the giant sea stacks sticking out of the ocean. Those vertical rock formations are really what makes the Oregon Coast so unique. Dispersed through clouds, fog and agitated waves, they truly create a unique Lord of the Rings like atmosphere.
Then, Indian Beach is a small and wild beach within the park. A great place to watch waves and run after seagulls.