Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cape Lookout Whale Watching Adventure!

As I mentioned before, Jonathan and I had a pret-ty great weekend. Saturday we explored the Pittock Mansion here in Portland and then Sunday we decided to hit the road for Easter! We went to Cape Lookout to see if we could see any whales and, boy howdy, we sure did! Tons of whales!

Neither of us had been to Cape Lookout before, so it was a special trip for both of us. The hike in was 2.4 miles and was pretty easy. There were a few ups, downs, and overs, but it was mostly really MUDDY in some spots. Luckily, we had our trusty Columbia hiking shoes on and we were fine. The people we passed who were wearing flip flops......probably not so lucky!

It was a perfect temperature at the lookout. It was a wee bit windy, but it was warm, so neither of us were shivery. We stayed there looking for whales for a little over an hour and then decided to head back. There had been talk of fish tacos at Ecola Seafoods and with it being an hour back to the car and then over another hour drive to Cannon Beach, we needed to hit the road!

We got to Cannon Beach and there were tourists EVERYWHERE. For it being Easter, I was surprised at how many people were there. However, we found parking and upon opening our car doors, all we could smell was fresh waffle cone! Ohhhh, it smelled so good and toasty! We had talked about getting ice cream at Tillamook Cheese Factory when we passed through and then decided to go straight for the fish tacos instead, so to smell this magical smell... oh, man.

We made our way to Ecola Seafoods and when we got there I was pooped. I inhaled my fish taco, though! It was SO GOOD. (They are always fabulous and I highly recommend them!) We had wanted to do more exploring in the afternoon, going to Ecola Park and then having dinner at Fort George, but I was so tired and it was so late and such a successful day that we decided to turn around and head home. 

Good thing we did because I fell asleep in the car! I slept almost the whole ride back to Portland. I felt like a little kid who has a full day of adventure and then eats and is *out*. That was me.

It was a super fun weekend and I had such a great time with Jonathan! I can't wait until our next adventure!

P.S. Holy crap, I just found a great article about the plane crash on Cape Lookout. Sad!

P.P.S. If you are me, it is a good day if you get to pee in the woods not just once, but twice!

This is a shell midden that I TOTALLY nerded out on!!

Sea lion buddy, not a whale

These were the pictures from my phone that day...



  1. these pictures look awesome! gotta love extra good weather at the coast. makes me want to go again soon.

    1. Thank you! You should!! (Except not this weekend because of the mega-storm we're supposed to have.)

  2. It looks like you guys had so much fun!! We got into a really big fight the first time we went to Cape Lookout (because of the bears) ... I'd love to go back since you talked me down off the 'bear ledge'. I am so jealous you got to see whales!!!!

  3. I can't believe you were able to resist the waffle cones at Cannon Beach, it always gets me... Hopefully the success of this trip is a sign of more day trip adventures to come!