Rough Seas, Yachats, OR 2009
Before using a GPS or IPhone to locate lodging in unknown territory I relied on AAA guides and plain old dumb luck. Maybe because I enjoyed the element of surprise, or was just being a guy (not willing to ask directions), I often took my chances in finding a suitable place to spend the night.
The first time driving the Oregon Coast, the hour was getting late and it was time to settle in. Without any guidance or idea what was coming next, we stopped at several small motels and B & B’s as we hurried down Highway 101 to beat the setting sun. Something told me to keep going. Just before the sun slipped into the sea, and I had concluded that my instincts had been wrong, eureka, we came upon a beautiful oceanfront lodge with one of the most spectacular backyards in America.
The Overleaf Lodge http://overleaflodge.com in Yachats, OR backs up to a gorgeous low rock grouping, constantly battered by the pounding surf. At high tide, the spray blasts dozens of feet into the air. The lodge rooms are contemporary and some have fireplaces and/or tubs overlooking the sea. Talk about romantic. Reasonable seasonal rates can still be had, and if you are anywhere near Yachats, this place is an absolute must.
“Rough Seas” was made just after sunset using a tripod out on the rocks as the waves crashed around me. The foreground features a rock pool replenished with each incoming wave. A slow shutter speed captured the movement of the water and spectacular evening light reflected in the…crimson tide.