We simply had to have a Coast day while Erin was in town. We've almost always gone to Cannon Beach, so this time around we decided to take her to Newport and do something new to her - and to us.
We had hoped to check out the inside of the Yaquina Head lighthouse, but unfortunately it was closed. But all was not lost - the lighthouse is perched above a natural area with amazing tide pools to explore.
The beach itself is made up of these good sized basalt rocks...which proved a little tricky for Harper.
We also stopped at Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area. Adam and I visited years ago when Claire was a baby, and though the beach was fun, we never saw anything that resembled a punch bowl. Well, that's because we were looking from the wrong vantage point! We finally found the punch bowl!
Our visit ended with a whirlwind run through the Newport aquarium (which is what happens when you get there an hour before it closes and still have to pay full price) and a trip to Mo's for clam chowder and seafood.