Each time I visit Oswald West State Park and Beach I fall in love all over again.
Take Hwy 101, just south of Cannon Beach and park in the lot.
You won't see the beach from here, but I promise you it is there.
It is approximately a half mile easy hike to the beach
through the most beautiful trees and undergrowth.
I walk slowly with my camera because there is so much beauty all around.
Arriving above the beach this is the beauty you will see.
It is a cove, which the surfers love.
Normally it is fairly quiet, but yesterday it was busier than I have ever seen.
I guess they came because it was quite hot in Portland and about 70 degrees here
with a lovely breeze.
There were some clouds, but still just beautiful.
Even a couple dogs were giving surfing a try.
Now why did I say it was Gnome Beach
instead of Oswald West?
Many of the trees look like this.
From the first visit with my young children we called it Gnome Beach because of course gnome's must live here, we see the signs everywhere.
Now I am sharing my favorite beach just with you,
don't tell anyone though. We like the beauty just for ourselves.