Friday, October 24, 2014

31 Days in Oregon: Three Capes Scenic Route

• thirty-one day challenge •
{DAY 24} 
Northern Beaches

One of the best scenic drives in Oregon is the Three Capes Scenic Route. It starts near Cape Meares, ends near Cape Kiwanda, and includes Cape Lookout. It's a beautiful drive along the Oregon Coast.

Stops along the way:

Cape Meares
Gorgeous view near the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

One of my favorite beaches is a hidden gem in Oceanside.

Netarts is popular for fishing and crabbing, both with us humans and also harbor seals.

Harbor seals on the Netarts Bay spit.

 Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery

 Cape Lookout
Cape Lookout State Park has a day use area and also a campground. I remember camping here as a kid, but haven't been here in a long time.

Anderson Viewpoint
Anderson Viewpoint gives a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, Three Arch Rocks and Netarts Bay. It is a popular spot for hang gliders.

It's still pretty, but not quite as impressive on a rainy day.

 Sand Lake Recreation Area
Sand Lake is a highly popular place to ride atv's on sand dunes.

 Whalen Island
Whalen Island used to just be a small county campground. But, now includes Clay Meyers State Natural Area. We haven't camped  here in years.

Western Grebe

We would dive at Whalen Island usually for special events such as taking a Rescue Class.

We also did our annual pumpkin carving dive at Whalen Island. It's harder than one would think. Pumpkins like to float, so you quickly had to pull out the guts. Also, using a dive knife to carve with is not easy.

 Cape Kiwanda
And last, but not least along the route is Cape Kiwanda.

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