Cape Perpetua

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
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Trip End Aug 05, 2013


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Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Corvallis
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, July 25, 2013

8:38am

Another nice run to start the morning. And a little time to reflect.

I've refrained from discussing campsite neighbours to this point but the following needs to be documented for posterity: our neighbours, two sides down, are skids. BC skids - a national embarrassment. They don't know it, probably wouldn't own it, but skids they are.

Nice rig but bursting at the seams with at least five kids and two big dogs. Naturally, they bark in the morning only to be yelled at by a foul-mouthed woman.

Oh hey, one of the young kids - the 8 year-old with the mohawk that likes to rap at 7:00am - just walked through our campsite, right past me. Perfect timing!

Aw well. They have five ill-behaved kids, I don't.

Cold again this morning. I think that Cape Perpetua will be a nice place to hike. It's the highest point on the Oregon Coast and should be well above the fog.

Last full day in Yachats. I think I can speak for us all when I say that Eugene is looking mighty fine.

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3:48pm

So the sun came out in Yachats! And it had no impact on the temperature. That beastly ocean breeze is a bastard.

We had a lovely breakfast to start the day off right. Melly McMuffins with Tillamook cheese and butter were the order of the day.

Adding to the pleasure of this experience was the sudden departure of our defective neighbours. They left a day before their reservation tag suggested and so I like to think that they were evicted for being trash.

Too harsh? Anyone who's been woken up by rabble knows that this is charitable name calling.

The drive to Cape Perpetua is a short one, perhaps 15 minutes. We drove to the top, paid to park ($5), and went to the sign-board to find a suitable hike.

Right - we're at the top of an ancient lava flow now. The hikes go downhill...

So down we went! It was a steep and rough path but only 3 miles round-trip. We had snacks at the bottom and then came back up to see the view with a little less fog than when we began. As with the hike to Tillamook Lighthouse, we carried our respective passengers and worked up a mean sweat.

The views from the top are really impressive and you get a strong sense of just how vast and rugged the Oregon coast actually is.

The fog - cloud, mist, whatever its technical designation is - didn't impede the view so much as add to the uniqueness of the spectacle. A patch of ocean and shoreline, beautiful in the ever-shifting swath of clear sky and sunshine.

I'd imagine that this vantage point would produce an amazing vista any time of the year.

We lunched at the Green Salmon which is a very hip, healthy and ethically conscious breakfast and lunch eatery.

We had smoothies all around and I had the Sesame Chicken wrap while Mel had some strange ancient grains and berries concoction. It was delicious and I'd eat there again.

As of right now we're having a nice fire. I just finished fixing Henry's mini-racecar track that Mel broke last night while Henry was asleep. An accident. It would seem that the karmic wheel turned against Henry after his make-up catastrophe.

I hope the glue holds because its mesmerizing powers cannot be overstated.

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9:06pm

We are knackered.

The sun and clouds finally reached an agreement and tonight the sun was given license to do its thing. It was still windy mind, but the views of the ocean and the sunset were gorgeous. As Mel suggested, it's nice to be leaving Yachats with this as our last memory.

We had dinner at the Drift Inn Cafe again. Mel had the Crab Ravioli that I had had the night before. She too was taken under its spell and she didn't speak to any of us until it was done.

Knowing I couldn't top the night before I kept it modest: a Cobb Salad and the Seafood Stew. Both excellent.

Thus far, Yachats wins for crappiest weather and best food. If there was a Yachats beer, I never found it.

Following dinner we took a drive down Ocean Road in search of tidal pools. We found a small set and Henry explored them in full. While nothing spectacular was to be found we did get a great picture of him with a starfish.

I think we're both ready for Eugene because we've foregone a fire for the evening and are both sequestered in our little 'bedroom'.

Once upon a time we might have taken a romantic stroll along the beach, staring into one another's eyes the whole while. Now, we just want to be left alone and have some quiet.

Grandparents, gear up for some babysitting when we return.

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Mum & Dad on

You must both be so fit by now. Did Henry's leaves reach the top?
We have encountered many 'skids' in out travels and only hope that Karma bites them in the ass.
Hopefully you'll warm-up in Eugene.
It is supposed to get cooler here this coming week.
Love,
Mum & Dad.

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