Oh, the beauty of the Oregon Coast. A magical and serene coastline that true dreams are made of. In honor of our recent engagement, my fiancé Blake and I planned an adventure up the Oregon Coast. Neither of us had visited the Pacific Northwest, we reside in New Haven, Connecticut. However, it was constantly told to us by family and friends that we would love it there. Boy, were they right.
We loaded up the cameras and headed out to the airport. As we began our descent in Portland, we saw the massive Mount Hood from our airplane window. Incredible. As we hopped in our rental and continued our journey, our expectations continued to be surpassed. The giant pines surrounding Portland were unlike any city backdrop we'd ever seen. We only had five days, so we headed towards Newport. Our first stop was Siuslaw National Forest, engulfed in fairytale-like moss and ginormous trees, we were completely stunned. The air smelled unfamiliar to us, clean and fresh. Unfortunately, we had little sunlight left because of the tall tree tops, so we continued on to Newport. Newport can be best described as the quintessential fishing town. Colossal sailboats at beautiful marinas, nautical themed bars, wild seals calling out in the distance, and locals constantly fishing for dungeness crabs. Next stop, Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Depoe Bay. We spent a few hours searching for whales, admiring seals from a distance, and eating the most delicious fish and chips. Our trip continued on to Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, which was definitely one for the books! From the giant sand dunes, vast waves, and beautiful landscape. Blake and I were able to watch a beautiful sunset that I will cherish forever. Last stop, Cannon Beach. Goonies never say die! Our favorite sight at Cannon Beach was most definitely the tide pools located beneath Haystack Rock. We lucked out with two days of low tide, and perfect visibility to observe the sea creatures living in them. Colorful sea stars, neon anemones, dungeness crabs, oh my! During our second day at Cannon Beach, we visited the beautiful Ecola State Park which features magnificent views of Haystack Rock. I could never get tired of seeing fuzzy green moss on trees, and I know that someday we will most definitely return to the enchanting state of Oregon.
Shane McLellan, Filmmaker