The Oregon Coast, July 2015

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

If old growth forests, sunsets, and waves crashing against rocks aren’t your thing, look away now.

I never thought I’d be someone who was able to take two vacations in one year, but here I am, going back to one of the most beautiful places on earth for the second time in just a few short months. The Husband and I are lucky enough to have family willing to share their home with us in this glorious place, and words can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for their generosity. (Thank you, Drew and Robert!)

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

We ate like kings and queens while we were there (this midwest girl could get used to fresh caught seafood everyday), hiked the forests, spent hours on end walking the beaches, and of course, took millions of photos. Not exaggerating, I filled three memory cards and spent more time sorting through them than I did taking them! These are just a handful of those shots, because I can’t help but share. It’s good to point my lens in a direction other than food sometimes!

If you want to get a closer look, you can click on any image to go to my flickr account, where you can view the photos full screen.

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

Above: Seal Rock, just before sunset. Below: The Husband walking the beach, taken from the top of an overlook. I’m convinced it just isn’t possible to capture the grandeur of the ocean in a photograph, but that didn’t stop me from trying.

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

Watching the tide come in and crash against rocks might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but The Husband and I could do it for hours and never get bored. We estimated some would crash upwards of ten or fifteen feet in the air, and even at a safe distance we’d get showered with spray.

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

On the other side of the highway from the ocean are old growth forests, which are also nearly impossible to capture on camera. Just trust me when I say, these trees were really, really tall!

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

That time I found superman in a tree. (P.S., I was chased by hornets shortly after snapping this shot, and superman did not come down from his tree to help me. I can’t say I blame him… those things are MEAN!)

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

The Husband and I, photo courtesy of our friend Eva.

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

All of the sunsets! I know it’s cliche, but I just can’t help but photograph them. The coast is notorious for cloudy days and rain, but we were blessed with some of the clearest, most beautiful skies.

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015
Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

These last few photos were taken on the last day of our trip, within walking distance of the house where we stayed. I always feel a little sad going home from a trip like this, but looking back at the pictures never fails to remind me how lucky I was to go in the first place.

One last photo, because I can’t resist…

Yachats, Oregon, July 2015

Those silhouettes are of The Husband and I (middle left) and our friends Altruh, Eva, and Jeff. We were going for Charlie’s Angels, but for some reason the guys weren’t as keen on striking a pose — still, it’s one of my favorite shots from the entire trip. (This shot, as well as the first two photos of this post, were taken looking out from a stone overlook built just before WWII to watch for ships. The view from there is one of my favorites along the whole coast!)

If you’ve made it this far and can’t get enough, you can find photos from my previous trip to the coast, here.

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8 Responses to The Oregon Coast, July 2015

  1. Leslie August 11, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    Beautiful photos of the Oregon Coast! We were just there over the weekend for a VERY quick 8 hour trip and I didn’t get to capture much on my camera. Glad to have witnessed it from your lens!

    • Willow Arlen August 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

      Thanks, Leslie! Isn’t the coast gorgeous? I feel like I could stay there for years and never get tired. I hope you get to go back sometime!

  2. Meg August 21, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Thank you Willow for refreshing me with the water pictures! Having lived in Southern California for 30 years, and now having moved to Tucson, AZ, I truly miss the ocean. The weather on the West Coast is amazing!

    • Willow Arlen August 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Meg! That coastal air is intoxicating, isn’t it? I miss it already!

  3. Ann {Created To Cook} December 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    Oregon is one of my favorite places in the world. Thanks for bringing back some really great memories with your beautiful photos.

    • Willow Arlen December 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      Isn’t it great, Ann? I can’t wait to go back!

  4. Kari M December 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    I love the Oregon Coast – took my first trip this June and can’t wait to go back!! I did sort of a Goonies movie tour, Haystack Rock, Ecola State Park, and Astoria.

    • Willow Arlen December 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

      Sounds like a great trip, Kari! I’ve been to the coast a few times, now, but have yet to visit most of those places (I keep seeing gorgeous photos of Haystack Rock and Ecola Park, though). Can’t wait to go back and do more exploring!

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