One of the reasons I embarked on this journey along the Oregon Coast was because I knew the whole coast was exceptionally beautiful and I would have plenty of things to draw. I have not been disappointed. In fact, I have realized that the four weeks I allotted, is not nearly enough. I have barely scratched the surface of what’s here. I suppose that’s a good thing. If I could get it all, then I’d have no reason to come back. One of the places I know I will want to return is Shore Acres State Park. The sharply angled rocks here are like nothing else along the coast.
Carved by the sea and wind, the sandstone that meets the sea takes on jagged shapes which lean sharply to the east. Deep fractures cut through these rough layers to create dramatic views. I walked the trail along the bluff in awe. It was hard to choose a spot to draw when there were so many incredible viewpoints. I would have loved to spend several days there; unfortunately, Shore Acres State Park is the only place along the coast I found that does not allow dogs. Not wanting to leave my buddy in the van all day, I did one quick drawing.
But wait, there’s more! Exploring the park, I found more unique features. Originally the estate of a wealthy lumber baron, there is an exquisite garden set back from the bluff. In contrast with the wild and rugged rocks, the garden is peaceful and lovely. Beyond the garden is a small protected sand beach where the water comes in gently. Several families were on their way there as I left. What a lovely place that would be to spend the day. More visits to Shore Acres State Park are definitely on my agenda.