2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Cape Kiwanda and Chief Kiawanda Rock

Waves rolling by Chief Kiawanda Rock

The Great Dune

Cape Kiwanda with a crown of trees

The crown of the Cape in B&W

The beach at Cape Kiwanda

Waves rolling by Chief Kiawanda Rock

Sue relaxing on the beach - it was chilly

Pacific City Doryman's Association Memorial Wall

Flowers left over from the Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday

Sunset behind Cape Kiwanda

The sun is about to drop behind the Cape

Headed home after an evening of fishing


I enticed Sue to go with me to see Cape Kiwanda with a dinner. Cape Kiwanda is the third of the 3 capes on the Scenic Drive. It's located near Pacific City, a beach resort town which has an actual sand beach. We had dinner at the Pelican Brewing Company. The food was good but undersized and overpriced. After dinner we drove the car onto the beach and walked around a little. While I took pictures, Sue sat on a blanket and watched.

Kiwanda is the smallest of the three capes, but it is one of the best places to see some spectacular wave action. It is a sandstone cape as opposed to the other two are much harder basaltic rock. A sea stack, named Chief Kiawanda Rock is located about a half-mile off shore of the cape which helps protect the sandstone cape from wave action. Behind the Cape is the Great Dune which is a massive hill of mudstone and sandstone layers covered with drifting sand. There are a few solitary salal and stunted Sitka spruce along the crest of the dune.

Pacific City is also the home of the Pacific Dory Fleet. On the beach south of Cape Kiwanda is the dory boat launching area. For more than a century, the boats have gone to sea from the sandy beach and shelter of Cape Kiwanda. Dorys are flat bottom boats designed and built in Oregon that take off straight into the waves from the beach. They originated with from the turn of the 20th century surf dories, called a "double ender" because it was pointed at both ends. The modern "square stern" dory was born when outboard motors became powerful enough to power the boats through the surf. Unfortunately there were no dories launching from the beach tonight.

Once the sun went down, we headed back to Winnie along US 101. We'll be traveling over the same route, but in the opposite direction On Monday as we move on to Lincoln City. Stay tuned.

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