Cape Perpetua, located in the Siuslaw National Forest, is a scenic area with 2,700 acres of old-growth forests that stretch along the Pacific Coast. It was named Cape Perpetua after a high headland was sighted by the English explorer, Captain Cook on St. Perpetua’s Day, 1778. (St. Perpetua was a martyred Roman Christian noblewoman who refused to renounce her faith and was condemned to death.) The Cape Perpetua lookout is an eight-hundred-foot-high viewpoint.
We got up before the sun rose to travel toward Florence and to see various sights along the way. Our first stop was an overview where we could see the rocks hugging the coast. We then drove into the forests and up towards the Cape Perpetual lookout. It was quite a long drive, but interesting to see the sometimes strange forest trees. Finally arriving at the very top, we discovered we were the only ones there. On a clear day, you can see up to seventy miles of coastline and on a grey day, not so much! The haze was so thick, it was sometimes hard to see even as we were climbing up through the forest. For me, the most fun was watching the sun light up the forests around us.
Goodby Cape Perpetua – on our way to Heceta Head Light, viewpoint and beach.