Last weekend my family and I made another day trip. This time we aimed for the Devil’s Punchbowl. It is a circular outcrop at the base of a cliff where the center has eroded. At minus-tide, you can walk into the center of it. At high tide, it fills about half full. During storms it can fill all the way to the top. The viewpoint directly overhead was rather windy, but what a view! My husband and teenagers ventured down inside while I stayed up top to take photos.
There are many viewpoints at which you can stop and take photos along the Oregon Coast hwy 101. We stopped at a viewpoint just north of Devil’s Punchbowl and had a spectacular view overlooking Otter Rock and Devil’s Punchbowl.
A bit further north we stopped at another viewpoint with great views. A group of college aged boys were joking as they headed into the Lookout Souvenir shop “I must buy a refrigerator magnet!”
As we headed north, we stopped for a frisbee-break at Tierra del Mar beach. We tried stopping for lunch at Pelican Brew Pub in Pacific City, but couldn’t find parking. We don’t usually go to the coast on the weekends, but wowza! Large crowds there. There was extra excitement as a group of good samaritans helped lift a Subaru stuck in the sand as the tide was coming in. They literally had to lift it out of the water and to dry land. There are just a few beaches that allow cars on them. (I’m not a fan of cars on beaches.) From Tierra del Mar we headed north all the way to Cannon Beach where we headed back to the heat and traffic of the Portland Metropolitan area.