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Oregon: Newport & Depoe Bay (2012)

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In November 2012, we met up with some photographer buddies in Newport to do a photowalk. After we were done, we headed home via Depoe Bay. As I recall, there was an amazing storm with high winds that weekend, so the wave action was pretty awesome in both Newport and Depoe Bay.

Newport

Before we met up with my photographer friends, we went to the Yaquina Head lighthouse area to get some wave action photos.

Close up of the waves crashing against the rocks below.
Winds were whipping the waves into a frenzy.

We then headed into town, where we walked along Pier 5 for some boating photos.

We met up with our photographer friends for lunch after walking around, then headed for home via Depoe Bay.

Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay is the world’s smallest natural navigable harbor, currently covering approximately six acres, with a 50-foot wide, 100-foot long rockbound, dog-legged channel connecting to the Pacific Ocean.

While my photos do not show it, there’s a sidewalk and parking spaces just to the right of the wall. When the wind gusts during high tide, water can splash over the cars into the highway.

Depoe Bay can get really crowded during the summer, especially on beautiful weekend days. It can be hard to find a parking spot, and difficult to get back out of that spot when leaving, but it’s worth it.

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