We had dinner at the Pelican brewpub in Pacific City, Oregon. The brewpub is right on the beach at Cape Kiwanda, and the dividing line between the parking lot and the beach is somewhat obscure. If you arrive at the right time, you can sometimes catch an impressive sunset:
The next day we hit a day hike, the Drift Creek Falls Trail. It was, of course, raining. The trail was still beautiful:
Eventually we came to a wire suspension bridge that looked like it had been built to military specifications. It was bolted to the bedrock, had plate steel panels, concrete pilings, and was generally impressively overengineered.
The view from the bridge was impressive, including a view of the falls shooting from the edge of the drop-off down to the stream below.
The view of the falls and the bridge from below was even better.
Good buddies, and a beautiful hike. Who could ask for a better day?
Amazing pics! Those waterfalls are breathtaking!
It’s been so gray and ugly here lately I’m really jealous.
That Drift Creek trail is awesome, isn’t it? I liked it a lot. When I went, I met Cal Ripkin (this was the year that he retired) and his family as they were walking in toward the bridge. I’m not a big baseball fan, so it took me a minute to remember who he was, and by that time we were past them, and I had just said, “howdy,” like I do with everybody I pass on a trail out in the middle of nowhere with banjos playing in the distance. I wondered as I passed the guy why he looked so stressed out. He winced when I said howdy. I’m sure he was relieved to have encountered a non-fan.
I do love that trail, though. it’s really close to the Otis cafe, as I recall.
In fact, we were working off an Otis Cafe breakfast on the trail.