Our last stop in Olympic National Park was Ruby Beach, which gave us our first up-close taste of the rocky Northwest coastline. It really was so much different than anywhere I had ever been. For one, the beach was cool and windy, not exactly what you think a beach as being. The other big difference was the massive rock formations just off the coastline. They are very rugged looking, with greenery running right up to the cliffs which then drop straight down to the water. We spent a little time wandering around the beach, then left and drove down the coast to Astoria, Oregon where our hotel was.
The drive into Astoria was awesome; there is a huge bridge you have to cross and you get a great view of the town since it is right along the coastline. Our hotel happened to be right under that bridge. After checking in and eating, we drove to Fort Stevens National Park to see the Wreck of the Peter Iredale. Another cold and windy beach. The shipwreck was really incredible though. The ship was 285 feet long, but the bow is one of the only parts that lies above the sand now. There are also some masts or something that stick up and give you an idea of the ship’s length, but the bow is the most prominent. It was a beautiful if not cool evening and there was an amazing sunset, so we were able to get some great shots.
The next day, we continued on down the Oregon coast.