Here’s part two of our trip to the coast last week. We spent the morning hiking at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area near Yachats. Cape Perpetua has a great visitor center with information on all the forest trails and tide pools that are accessible from the main parking area. We didn’t make it down to the tide pools on this trip, but we saw them last year and can say they are worth the extra effort to get there.
This is my crazy-awesome cousin, Amelia, and my 85-year-old “Nana” who hiked the whole trail without incident.
That’s my brother, Ben, with his wife and baby girl. I tried to get a more posed photo of them, but that really wasn’t going to happen. I think I like this one better anyway.
The day after visiting Cape Perpetua, Henry and I headed south for the afternoon and made a pitstop at Darlingtonia State Natural Site. The park itself isn’t really worth driving there as a destination, but if you’re passing by, you should definitely stop in for a few minutes at least. There’s a short boardwalk loop around a marshy area that is chock full of Darlintonia californica, a species of carnivorous plant native to Oregon. It’s not like they’re reaching out and pulling tourists off the boardwalk Little Shop of Horrors-style, but it’s kinda neat to see so many of them up close.