Road Trip Day 3: Washington to Oregon

I woke up pretty early on day 3 (sleeping in a tent with a rooster nearby will do that to you.) As I mentioned in the last post, I was served up a delicious breakfast by my Airbnb host before making my way down the Washington coast to Oregon.

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

First stop: Ruby Beach. With the morning fog still rolling in from the ocean and the beach nearly deserted when I arrived, it felt like I stepped onto another planet. While similar to La Push, Ruby Beach also somehow feels completely different. The beach is rockier, the driftwood is more scattered, and the tide pools are further inland. I had an amazing morning exploring here.

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

As time passed, a few more people turned up to explore the beach as well. I was enjoying having it to myself, but I did appreciate having some people in photos for scale to help show just how insane these rocks are.

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washingotn

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washingotn

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

I loved this little rock tunnel, for some reason it reminds me of The Little Mermaid.

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

I even managed a sneaky selfie with my camera remote! Sadly it didn’t work as far away from the camera as I would’ve liked, so this is the only selfie I have of the whole trip. Whoops!

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

PNW Road Trip Ruby Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

I didn’t want to leave Ruby Beach, but I still had a good four hours of driving left before I made it to my destination of Cannon Beach, Oregon, so I had to move on.

The drive down the Olympic Peninsula is truly gorgeous, with highway 101 flanked by enormous trees for most of the drive out of Washington. Crossing the Columbia River into Astoria, Oregon was particularly spectacular — I wish I had stopped to take some pictures, but the drive was so relaxing that I simply pressed on. I stopped briefly in Seaside (a busy beach town with indoor arcades, sort of like Point Pleasant for fellow my NJ readers) for an extremely late lunch before arriving at my hotel in Cannon Beach.

PNW Road Trip Cannon Beach Haystack Rock Oregon

PNW Road Trip Haystack Rock Cannon Beach Oregon

Cannon Beach, situated just south of Ecola State Park, is much quieter than Seaside. I was hoping to photograph sunset here with the main landmark, Haystack Rock as my backdrop. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating. Damn those pesky microclimates! Can’t complain too much, though, as it was still a picturesque way to end the day.

PNW Road Trip Haystack Rock Cannon Beach Oregon

PNW Road Trip Haystack Rock Cannon Beach Oregon

PNW Road Trip Haystack Rock Cannon Beach Oregon

Next up: Cape Kiwanda, and another night in Cannon Beach

Previously:
Day 1: Seattle and Whale Watching!
Day 2: Olympic Peninsula