If you’re planning a trip to the Oregon Coast, then The Channel House Inn in Depoe Bay is the place to stay. A luxury Inn, the Channel House is perched at water’s edge. Jacuzzi tubs on the balconies offer bird’s eye views across the Pacific.
|With private balconies like this, |
you could check in and never leave.
Tim and I are here on December 16th, celebrating our wedding anniversary. After breakfast this morning we leave The Channel House and drive north on Highway 101 to today's destination—Cape Lookout State Park between the towns of Pacific City and Tillamook.
|Table for two in the breakfast room at The Channel House.|
We arrive at the State Park, find the trailhead for Cape Lookout Trail and enter the forest. A stiff breeze blows from the south and the cedar and spruce boughs sway and creak. The forest here is primeval; at any second one expects an ogre to jump out from behind the moss-covered trees. When the trail breaks out from the forest we're treated to commanding views of the seacoast. The 2.4 mile trail switch-backs through the woods, hugs steep cliffs and skirts coves churning with waves. Trail’s end appears on a point high above the sea; a conveniently located bench beckons and we heed its call, relaxing while we scan the sea with binoculars and snap a few photos. Blissful solitude accompanied us on the trail today—we encountered only four other people on our three hour walk.
|Ocean View from Cape Lookout Trail.|
|Trail through the forest in Cape Lookout State Park.|
Back at The Channel House we fill the jacuzzi tub and soak our sore muscles. Ahhhh, It's nice to relax in the tub while the last light of day filters through the clouds. Boats ply the open ocean this afternoon but we don't spot any seals or whales. We’re told there is a resident population of 50 gray whales in the Depoe Bay area, but they spend their winters far off-shore.
We inquire about the bright lights moving across the ocean’s horizon and the waiter informs us that those are the lights of crabbing boats. The Dungeness crab season lasts for only two months and in that time these crabbers will harvest 45 million dollars worth of crabs. The boats are out there 24/7, their gleaming yellow lights announcing each boat’s position in the sea.
|Reflections on solitude.|
|The Oregon Coast on a December's Day.|