Experience the Redwoods at Least Once in Your Lifetime

By Rhiannon Murphy

We awoke on Saturday morning before six to try to get as close to the Redwoods as possible before dark.  During this time of year, it starts getting dark before five p.m. We knew we needed to get on the road to have enough time during the daylight to see all the sights we wanted to see along the way.  We usually try to pack the night before something like this, but this was a spur of the moment road trip, so we didn’t get on the road as early as we had hoped.  We loaded up the car, stopped for gas and fueled up at Dutch Bros with the best coffee in the Northwest. With our thirst quenched and cameras ready, we drove on. The first stop along the way was Depoe Bay, a small charter town.  Their claim to fame is having the smallest harbor in the world.  It is also known as the whale watching capital of the world, with good reason.  If you would like to know more about whale watching on the Oregon Coast, see my post Top 7 Things to do on the Siletz Bay in Lincoln City.

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The sun was shining, what a great start to an (almost) winter day on the coast.  As we got to Seal Rock near Waldport, it started to drizzle, but it was still so beautiful. Sometimes, the overcast days on the Oregon Coast are the most picturesque.  We crossed over the Alsea River into Waldport and kept driving South on U.S. Route 101 toward Yachats.  On our way to Florence, we stopped at the Heceta Head Lighthouse, which is located at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint halfway up a 205-foot-tall headland.  We didn’t get to stay long, it was raining sideways and we were ready to get to the redwoods.