Aug. 18 (Moraine Lake and half of South Sister Mountain)
After just having finished my exam down in Tampa, Florida and having a few days off before going back to work, we decided on a quick trip down to Oregon for some hiking and relaxation. About 6 hours of flight time from a connection through Dallas to Vancouver and then 10 hours of driving got me on the ground in 4 states in one day, and a long day of travelling.
We slept at the Devil's Lake trailhead to wake up early the next day for our first hike. We got a little bit later of a start than we wanted, but started heading up towards South Sister Mountain. Beautiful clear day for a hike, especially because it was relatively smoke-free, and as we got up higher we could see that there was smoke from wildfires in much of the surrounding area.
Due to the late-ish start, it becoming scorchingly hot and also wanting to explore Bend, OR a bit after the hike, we only did about half of South Sister and then headed back down to Moraine Lake to chill out for awhile. Still a great trek and views from Moraine Lake and everywhere along the trail were awesome.
Aug. 19 (Umpqua Dunes, Yachats 804 Trail and Seal Rock)
Super smoky in Bend when we left, but left the smoke behind as we hit the coast. First stop was the Oregon coast dunes at Umpqua. Super cool area and seems like you are on a different continent, definitely not in Oregon. It was pretty fun, but also pretty windy and the sand felt like sandpaper rubbing against our skin. Goggles and full skin covering would be good for our next visit there.
Next stop was at Yachats to wander along the 804 trail. Cool rock formations along the coast, looked like it could be some fun bouldering.
Then up the coast for about a half hour and stopped at seal rock. More cool coastal rock formations and lots of harbour seals sun bathing and hanging out in the surf.
Ended the day in Cannon Beach, one of our favourite spots, and a place we've been to a bunch of times.
Aug. 20 Cape Falcon
We've done this hike a few times now but it doesn't get old for us. We kept a pretty quick pace so managed to hit the end of the Cape in about 45 minutes. Cool little Salal hedge maze right before the end. Fantastic views down to Neahkahnie Mountain and along the coast.
Aug. 21 Eclipse!
We actually planned on heading down to Oregon before we even knew about the eclipse and didn't go down there with any intention of watching it, but happened to be hanging out at Cannon Beach when it happened so that was a bonus. It was pretty funny to see everybody on the beach with their chairs faced AWAY from the ocean.
Overall a great trip to unwind before having to head back to work!