Although we were urban camped during our stay in Brookings, that did not keep us from taking drives and enjoying the splendor of the Oregon coast. There are many scenic stops that we passed by on our journey south. We hesitate to pull into unknown places when we are driving the motorhome and towing. We have had to unhitch more than once in order to get out of a tight spot, so now we park the motorhome and then go exploring in the Fit.
One of the places of interest is Arch Rock. It is an overlook within the Samuel Boardman State Park. The park runs along several miles of Hwy. 101 with various lookouts, hiking trails, and day use areas. This is the view from the parking lot looking through the window of the Fit, dashboard in the foreground. I was glad there were parking bumpers!
This stop is about 6-8 miles north of Brookings – can’t seem to find an accurate mileage anywhere. At any rate it is an easy drive and well worth the stop. There are picnic tables and restrooms here.
The trail to the viewpoint goes in a circle, winding through dense underbrush and coastal trees. It’s an easy walk with a bit of up and down. There is a fence all along the trail as the cliff here is very steep and dangerous.
As with our other coastal stops, there is not a bad view from anywhere on the trail.
I almost caught this butterfly before he moved completely out of range. I tried to identify this butterfly and I think it is a CORONIS FRITILLARY – if anyone knows differently, please correct me.
I also enjoyed watching this little sparrow flit around and hide in the bushes. He was right on the edge of the cliff.
More views were around every turn in the path. There are many interesting rock formations, but this is the one for which the park is named.
Russ had his own way of looking at things.
Just another beautiful day exploring the Oregon coast. Tomorrow we go a bit further south to Crescent City, CA. The last day of our coastal adventure will bring this journey to a close.