Looking out for ships nearing the coast of Oregon from 1881 – 1957, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse perches delicately in the Pacific on its ocean pedestal. For the best vantage point of this lighthouse, also known as Terrible Tilly, hike the 2.7-mile Clatsop Loop trail in Ecola State Park starting at the Indian Beach parking lot.
Getting up with the sun – I would have been up earlier but Sarah needs her beauty sleep – Sarah and I got out of bed early to beat the crowds to the coastal waters. It just so happened that we also beat the sun. With a low, cool damp fog that frizzed every strand of my hair, we made our way out of Florence for the scenic drive north along Highway 101.
To our luck as soon as we hit the edge of town, the sun turned on the burners and patches of blue sky broke through. For anyone who has been to the Oregon coast or lives there, morning sun is hard to come by. So we were thrilled to have packed shorts.
Stopping about every half mile we explored the wonderfully wild and sickly scenic cliff roadway.