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    Hiking inside the Devils Punchbowl

    For the past week and a half I’ve written a few different posts about my recent road trip to the Oregon coast, including my recommended spots to camp and explore, some pics from our day of beach combing, and a more in-depth post on Yaquina Head, which is one of the prettiest spots near Newport (in my humble opinion!). Today I have a full post on our hike in the Devil’s Punchbowl! I posted a few pictures and some video clips from the Devils Punchbowl on Instagram (you can still see the video in my Story highlights), but I don’t think you can really get the full scope of it on a small screen…so without further ado, here’s the full batch of photos. You can click on any of them to view them full-screen!

    The hike to the Devil’s Punchbowl is short, if somewhat steep, following a paved track down to a beach that’s accessible only at low tide. You can see from the first few pictures, taken at midday, how the Bowl and beach flood at high tide.

    Aerial view of the Devils Punchbowl, Oregon

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    Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

    Earlier this week I posted a summary of the spots we camped and hiked along the Oregon coast, along with a more pic-heavy post of our beach combing adventures. Since we spent a lot of time up at Yaquina Head, exploring the tide pools and watching seals, I wanted to do a separate post with more pictures and info on the park, in case you’re interested in visiting! (Make sure you also jump over to the final post in the series with pictures from our hike inside the Devils Punchbowl!)

    Yaquina Head Lighthouse

    Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is a federally managed park three miles north of Newport, Oregon, offering lighthouse tours, hiking, tide pools, and bird, seal, and whale watching from the cliffs. There’s also an interpretative center in the park to educate you on the area. You’ll need a federal parks pass or a $7 day pass to enter the park; it’s open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

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    Beach combing from Coos Bay to Newport

    Earlier this week I posted a summary of our two-day adventure along the Oregon coast from Coos Bay up to Newport. I wanted to post a few more in-depth guides to the specific places we stopped along the coast, with tons more pics of our adventures!

    Today I have a bunch of pictures from all the beach combing we did on day one. We started out in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a forty-mile long coastal playground extending north of Coos Bay. You can swim, kayak, surf, hike, go beach combing, sandboard, rent a dune buggy, or just roll out your beach towel for some lazy sunbathing.

    Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

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    Two days in Newport, Oregon: where to stay, explore, and more

    If you follow me on Instagram then you know I recently spent a week road-tripping with my partner through Oregon, with a focus near Newport on the coast. I’ll be putting up more posts over the next week with tons of pictures as well as in-depth details from our explorations. Today I’m starting out with a quick round-up of where we camped and hiked, along with links so you can plan your own trip in the area.

    Oregon Dunes near Florence, Oregon

    We started in Coos Bay, which is about two hours south of Newport; at Coos Bay, we turned north on highway 101 and spent a full day driving up to our campsite so we would have plenty of time to stop and take in the sights. We spent a second day taking in sights north of Newport. I definitely recommend giving yourself two to three days to fully take in all this area has to offer! Keep in mind that our trip was by car, but the area is also very accessible to those traveling by motorcycle, RV, bicycle, or on foot. Also be aware that park and camping fees vary widely based on your mode of transportation.

    At the end of this post I’ve included several different options for traveling to Newport from a variety of major PNW cities, whether you’re heading south, north, or west.

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    Perspective

    Perspective

    Our road trip to the Oregon coast was amazing in so many ways (and I’m excited to tell you all about it, in a series of posts starting later this week!), but it didn’t go very smoothly. Less than twenty-four hours in we were stranded on the side of the highway south of Portland. We had left late in the evening after work the day prior, had a rough night in a less than stellar motel, and discovered we’d given the wrong house key to the petsitter; breaking down seemed like the final insult when we’d only just begun our trip. After having the car towed to a local shop my partner and I decided to walk the dog to a local park to blow off some steam.

    I’ll willingly admit I wasn’t in good form that day. I was tired and grouchy, and grumbled to my partner, “I wish we’d never come on this trip.”