Our friends who live in Albany, Oregon, where we stayed a few days after leaving the Steens, have a little cabin in Rockaway. It’s one of those cute little places that’s been in the family for many, many years and is across the street from the beach. They invited us to stay there when we were done with our time in Newport, and had talked to their neighbor about us parking on an empty lot by their place. It takes us forever to travel, so it was Saturday evening when we arrived. We got settled, and they walked with us to the beach.
Twin Rocks. The iconic view in Rockaway.
We didn’t spend any time in the actual town of Rockaway, but we did enjoy our time in the area immensely. What a beautiful area.
Mostly, we hung out with our friends who fed us fresh seafood a couple nights. Mike had gone with a friend on his boat two days before we got there and caught crab, and coho salmon.
Holy cow we ate good there.
Monday, we did go for a drive to see a part of the coast we couldn’t take the RV on. When we were going north from Newport, we went through Tillamook and up from there, which bypasses the old coast highway. So we went from Rockaway to Netarts, then on the old road up to Cape Meares.
There is an interesting lighthouse there. It’s short because it’s built on such a high bluff. Cute little thing.
There is also a very strange sitka spruce tree. It’s called the Octopus tree because of how it grows. It’s estimated to be about 500 years old, and is huge.
From there we continued on the old coast road down to Pacific City, where we connected back with 101 and home to Rockaway from there. It was a pretty little drive, and I’m glad we went.
We had lots of walks on the beach, Al went a couple times with Mike and painted plein air, and Theresa and I had a couple beach days.
Tuesday had been cloudy all day, but that night it looked like it was going to clear good. Al and I went for a long walk, and when we got back near the Twin rocks the sun was starting to set. We positioned ourselves so the sun would go down in between them.
The next morning, Wednesday, it was clear when I got up and the moon was still yet to set. I grabbed my coffee, and my camera and walked to the beach to get some photos of the moon, and Twin rocks. I was hoping to get the moon setting in between them, but it was cloudy on the horizon so that didn’t happen.
I did get a bunch of great photos that day though. This photo bombing seagull is just a couple of them.
Wednesday was our last day and it was sunny, and warm. Al went painting with Mike, Theresa and I went to the beach, it was a wonderful last day.
Thursday we drove to Manchester, Wa. to Al’s sons place. (Just outside Seattle)
Oregon was wonderful, and we will for sure return. The beauty of the coast is just magical, and I miss it already. I created this video from several of my images from our time on the coast. Many of these are available on my website too. I hope you enjoy it.