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Mostly pictures from Ecola State Park, where we lost track of time hiking through the trees and scrambling around on the rocks on the beach, and a couple from Hug Point, Cape Meares, and Cape Kiwanda. We left Astoria at sunrise (this was the view from our hotel room), stopped in Seaside for a few minutes, and arrived at Indian Beach, where we were completely alone all morning. We hiked up to a viewpoint for “Terrible Tilly,” Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, which was my favorite lighthouse we saw. It’s the only privately owned historical lighthouse on the Oregon coast and it was once used as a columbarium, a repository for cremated remains of the deceased. It rained a lot again on the hike, but probably for the last time our entire trip; it was seriously sunny right up until we boarded our flight to Denver. We found all sorts of critters and fungi on the beach and were mesmerized by the waves, then headed for Hug Point, where we walked a while and explored little caves. We saw the Cape Meares Lighthouse, as well as the Octopus Tree and some pretty amazing viewpoints, then hustled to see Cape Kiwanda just before it got dark (and after stopping for Tillamook cheese).

I can’t believe I failed so badly planning this part of the trip. We had barely made it to Cape Kiwanda in the daylight, and even then drove in darkness all the way to Newport, where we decided to spend that night; by dark we were supposed to be finished at Heceta Head and on our way to our hotel in Eugene. So, a whole 86 miles and two hours of driving and, it turns out, an entire day of sightseeing, behind. It’s a good thing we rethought the trip and devoted another day to what was left though, because the next day we saw some of the best things.