the wandering chick
...the Oregon Coast
Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi and Hug Point

This is my first visit to the Oregon coast - Day One of many to come. I've seen enough already to know that I have a fantastic summer ahead of me as I make my way down the coast to Brookings.

This page of pictures covers four towns, a state park that I visited on this Day One: Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi; in the Oswald West State Park a travel partner and I wandered along trails of old forest growth that led us to Short Sand Beach. On another day, we visited Hug Point, just south of Cannon Beach. What a sweet little beach, and it had a waterfall. It's a beach not to miss even on a busy day.

This small section of the coast borders what is called the north coast and the mid-coast.

little girl running through the dunes
the dunes at Manzanita 's beach
a shop in Manzanita
The sand dunes on the beach of Manzanita. Below, several shops in Manzanita offer a pleasant retrieve from the surf and sand.
Old Growth Fest Trail in the Oswald West State Park
Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park
A view of the Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park north of Manzanita
Old Growth Forest Trail in Oswald West State Park
A view of Short Sand Beach in the Oswald West State Park. Originally called the Short Sand Beach State Park, in 1958 it was named after Governor Oswald West.
a swing bridge in OWSP
A series of paths/walking trails in the park lead to the beach. The Old Growth Forest Trail is one of the popular ones.
This swing bridge on a trail in the Oswald West State Park was supposedly used by Patrick Swayze in the 1991 surfing movie "Point Break."
people walking on the beach
Short Sand Beach in the Oswald West State Park
Short Sand Beach through the trees
Viewpoint along the 101 near the Oswald West State Park
A scenic viewpoint of the coastline
Along the Highway 101 heading south as you leave the Oswald West State Park and winding around the Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain are several scenic viewpoints of the coastline. One of them includes a tribute to the former governor who declared the nearly 400 miles of Oregon coastline a public highway, thus leaving it open to public access and viewing.
A viewpoint overlooking the Oregon coastline
A viewpoint overlooking the Oregon coastline
A viewpoint overlooking the Oregon coastline
the town of Wheeler and its small harbor
The town of Wheeler has a small picturesque harbor on Nehalem Bay. The backdrop of the mountains includes the Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain.
the town of Wheeler and its small harbor
the town of Wheeler and its small harbor
the town of Wheeler and its small harbor
the flowers of the Wheeler Hotel
wildflowers and buoys
Around every corner in Wheeler, flowers - either wild or arranged - were there to brighten up its streets.
close up of flowers
Twin Rocks of Rockaway Beach
The attraction in the small coastal town of Rockaway Beach is the Twin Rocks, which are also sometimes called the Salt and Pepper Shakers.
Rockaway Beach Visitor Center is a bright red caboose
Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach
Barview County Park
Barview County Park
Just south of Rockaway Beach is a county park and campground called the Barview Jetty County Park. The jetty appears to have been man-made with large boulders and driftwood as a breakwater.

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rock formation at Barview Jetty

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Near the Three Graces, this rock formation is a favorite of the birds.
three rock formations called the Three Graces
Rock formations between Barview and Garibaldi in the Tillamook Bay and very close to shore are what is called the Three Graces. It's a popular spot for both birds and tourists. Many like the tide pools in front of them.
tide pools in front of The Three Graces
The Pier's End, a building buillt in 1935 and used by the Coast Guard
Built in 1935 and once used by the U.S. Coast Guard as a boathouse, we couldn't quite figure out what it's used for today. But the pier is enjoyed by tourists, crabbers, fishermen and locals alike.
a red rock crab
boathouse building
A red rock crab, caught by a local on The Pier's End
A crab ring rope
To catch crabs, crabbers use a netted ring with bait in the middle. They attach a rope to it, then drop the ring below the surface of the water.
A residential garden filled with flowers and nautical artistic junk
A residential garden in Garibaldi filled with fun nautical objects and lots and lots of flowers
nautical objects in a residential garden
Garibaldi marina
At Garibaldi's port is a small-boat marina, a couple of restaurants and many stacks of crab rings. All sorts of things in the way of boats and crabbing equipment can be rented at the marina.
the Garibaldi marina
stacks of crab rings
Hug Point Beach
Hug Point Beach
I don't know if the people in this photo planned their colors, but they made for wonderful pictures walking down the shoreline.
Hug Point Beach
Hug Point Beach
Hug Point Beach
Hug Beach is just off the Hiway 101 between Cannon Beach and Manzanita. It's an unassuming little beach with three coves and a (albiet short) waterfall. As sweet as it is, it must be a popular place, but when we were there, there were hardly any people. The next few shots were taken at Hug Point.
Hug Point Beach
Hug Point Beach
Hug Point Beach
Sunset at Hug Point
Hiway 101 viewpoint
Hug Point Beach
Hug Point Beach
Hug Point Beach
full moon over mtn
tree before sunset
A fisherman in Wheeler catches the last bit of daylight before heading in.
fisherman in boat silhouetted against the water
The moon and snunset shots were taken at viewpoints along the Highway 101 just north of Manzanita