|Detail of Clark's dog, Seaman.|
Next door to the carousel was a salt water taffy outlet, with 170 flavours, so we each picked out a bag of that before heading on to Cannon Beach. Depending on your interests, this was the beach where Lewis and Clark (and Sacagawea) came to see a dead whale... or this is the beach from The Goonies.
|Looking north to Tillamook Head|
|The orange spots are the feet!|
We had a hotel booked in Florence, so we had a long drive to get through after lunch--all on the 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, which really is stunning. We broke it up taking the Otter Crest Loop, just south of Depoe. We stopped at Cape Foulweather (really!), with its Lookout Gift Shop. I had half hoped that perhaps there might be sea otters at Otter Crest, but Oregon still doesn't have any resident colonies. However, a group of excited people pointed out to us some irregularly breaking waves and puffs of spray that were actually a grey whale and her calf.
I had considered whale-spotting too ambitious to make it one of my goals for this trip, so this was a real delight. Aside from captive orcas, these are the first whales I've ever seen.
Further down Otter Crest Loop, we pulled off to view the Devil's Punch Bowl. We have seen the Devil's Frying Pan, down in Cadgwith, UK, so it felt appropriate to view more of Satan's kitchenware. (Though we would pass up the Devil's Churn between Newport and Florence.)
|The Devil's Punch Bowl|