After checking various locations in and around Cannon Beach when reaching the Pacific coast I checked into the idyllic Haystack Rock Inn at Cannon Beach for the night.
View of Ecola State Park from the beach:
With the cloud-veiled skies I decided to head south and aimed at reaching the city of Newport before nightfall, to be in a more strategic position for exploring other coastal forest parks and beaches.
The view from a rest stop overlooking Nehalem Bay:
Supposedly, Elegant Terns from California visit Newport frequently throughout the summer months so I spent the last couple of hours of daylight checking the bay and beach around Yaquina Bay: