09.22.2015

Oregon Honeymoon Diaries – Sightseeing & Adventures Part 1

Hey guys! I have not forgotten about our trip to Oregon… I am back to finish the rest of our adventures.

The final installments of Oregon Honeymoon Diaries will be about the fun sightseeing we did there.  I will break this into two parts just to keep things short and sweet.

We were in Oregon for nine days.  We intended to road trip to several destinations including the California Redwoods, but never made it because the area we were staying in was so gorgeous!

Day One –

We landed in Portland at 1:00 pm and after grabbing a quick lunch, we headed down the coast on Highway 101.  Our views became more scenic as we went, and even though we couldn’t see it, we soon began to tell that the ocean was very close by.  We saw a sign for Beach Access and pulled in for our first view of the ocean!  Cannon Beach was a very wide stretch of beach with small pools and lots of shells.  Just off the coast there is a large rock called Haystack Rock which is surrounded by several smaller rocks called The Needles.  The day we were there it was cloudy and hard to see, but it was nonetheless very striking for our first view of the Oregon coast.  Nate especially was thrilled with his first glimpse of the ocean (he had not been since he was a child) and we cherished the time we spent enjoying this place.

Haystack Rock

First Foot in the Ocean

We continued on to our rental home at Bella Beach in Depoe Bay, stopping several times to enjoy the scenery as we went.  It was such a peaceful and beautiful way to begin our trip, and was much needed after a stressful plane ride!  The first sight of our home was so exciting and we were beyond happy with the house we picked… settling in was the perfect ending to our day.

The Looking Glass Inn

Day Two –

This was a lazy day.  After breakfast we went for our first walk on our beach!  Our master suite was on the third floor with an amazing view of the beach and after breakfast we headed down to check things out.  On our very first outing we saw both seals and whales!  The ruggedness of this coastline is amazing, and we tried to get some good shots of the whales.

Honeymoon Couple

After a long, leisurely walk we headed south to Newport to find some seafood for supper!  We ended up eating at Mo’s which seemed to be a local favorite.  On the way we stopped at the Devil’s Punchbowl… this was part of the rocky coast where the surf has created a large crater in the rock.  The water swirls through the crater and it’s power is amazing.  We spotted more whales from here to… they were drawing quite a crowd!

Day Three –

I decided to sleep in this morning, so Nate took a walk on the beach while I snoozed and enjoyed our jetted tub.  I became very spoiled to that jetted tub!  This walk was when Nate discovered that he loves hunting agates!  He is a big arrowhead hunter, so this was not a surprise to me.  Agates are beautiful milky, clear stones and hunting them is very popular there.  While we were not there in peak agate hunting season, we still found quite a few!  This was one of Nate’s favorite pastimes from the trip.

Hunting Agates

After our morning walk, we headed 45 minutes north to Tillamook.  The famous Tillamook cheese is produced here, and you can tour their factory as well as stop by their store and café.  They have glassed in balconies which you can tour and look down and watch the cheese making process.  It is very interesting and, of course, the samples at the end are great!  It is definitely worth a trip.  On the way home we stopped briefly at Neskowin and Drift beaches… Neskowin Beach was especially stunning for its rugged beauty and we wished we had more time to explore there.

Tillamook Factory

I had to share this gem!

I had to share this gem!

Day Four –

This morning started off with a sweet surprise when Nate brought me breakfast in bed.  We didn’t have much food in the house, but he brought me a lovely tray with a toaster strudel, a waffle, some tater tots and a banana!  It may sound small, but it was the precious moments like these that really stand out among my memories of our trip.

Breakfast in Bed

We left the house at about 7:30 to hit the beach!  This was the first time that I went agate hunting with Nate, and we spent hours looking for these unique rocks.  We met an older couple on the beach who were so nice to us… they wanted to hear all about our wedding and shared some great tips for hunting agates and for good restaurants in the area,  As we left them, they gave us a large agate they had found as a gift and it is one of our best souveniers from our trip!

After lunch we headed down the highway to Road’s End which is well known in the area as a great beach to hunt agates because of its many tide pools.  We did not find many agates there, as it was not the right time of year, but there were so many beautiful spots to see along the way.  We spend most of the day combing the beaches and taking in the beautiful views, then headed home to fix some supper in our house by the beach.

Mossy Rocks

Day Five –

This was the day where we hit the road on our planned trip to Cape Perpetua.  Cape Perpetua is the highest point on the Oregon Coast that can be reached by car.  The views were stunning and the height was breathtaking!  It was a little foggy the day we were there, so I can only imagine how impressive the sight would be on a bright, clear day.  The road up the mountainous cliff was long and curvy, but wide enough that the trip did not feel scary.  We wound our way through thick forests of incredibly tall Douglas Firs that were so huge you felt like they might fall over at any moment.  At the top, we reached a parking area where we left our car and set out walking a few of the trails that surround the edge of the bluff.  There were a lot of great spots to take pictures and we found another couple who was kind enough to take ours.  This was a beautiful spot to spend the day and would be a great place to take a picnic!

Cape Perpetua

This concludes Part 1 of our honeymoon adventures, be sure to check back next week to see the rest of our amazing trip!  Have a great week, everyone!

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  3. […] I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.  Please comment below and let me know what your favorite travel destinations are!  Nate and I may take another trip soon, and I would love to hear your suggestions!  You can check out the other posts in this series here, here and here. […]

  4. […] I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.  Please comment below and let me know what your favorite travel destinations are!  Nate and I may take another trip soon, and I would love to hear your suggestions!  You can check out the other posts in this series here, here and here. […]

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