Articles by Gary Hayes

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Are there charter services that will take us to Haystack Rock to spread our parents’ ashes?

The nearest charter boat services to Cannon Beach would be in Garibaldi, south of Cannon Beach, or to the north, in Astoria or Ilwaco. Some charter services specifically offer burial at sea charters, including Garibaldi Charters and Pacific Salmon…

March 1st, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What day trips can bird watchers and active seniors take from Seaside in September?

At the top of my list would be Ecola State Park, just 15 minutes south of Seaside. It offers easy walking paths with beautiful coastal views ofCannon Beach, Haystack Rock and other sea stacks, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and the capes and…

February 26th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where can I look for fossils in Bandon?

Much has been written about finding fossils on the Central Oregon Coast north of Newport. I expect the focus on fossils on this portion of the Oregon Coast is primarily due to fossil enthusiast Guy DiTorrice who freely shares his knowledge. You may…

February 14th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where are the best places to see nature and the ocean while RV camping at the Coast?

My favorite campgrounds that put you close to the ocean and nature include Cape Lookout State Park on the North Oregon Coast, Beverly Beach on the Central Oregon Coast and Sunset Bay State Park on the South Oregon Coast. Cape Lookout, west of…

January 20th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What “characterful towns” can I visit up the Coast after detouring from Ashland?

I would recommend you start your coastal tour in Bandon, one of my favorite beaches and small towns on the Oregon Coast. However, the stretch of US 101 between Brookings and Port Orford is also a beautiful drive and passes through the scenic Samuel…

January 3rd, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Can you suggest a 2-day Oregon Coast itinerary beginning in Brookings?

The South Oregon Coast has many attractions that you could easily spend two days without traveling too far up the coast, depending on how long you want to linger and explore. DAY ONE: I would save a full day for Harris Beach State Park and the…

December 1st, 2015- Post Your Answer
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Explore Harris Beach State Park

November 6th, 2015

It’s famous for sandy beaches, scenic rock formations, colorful tide pools, outstanding bird watching and frequently…

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Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway

October 12th, 2015

Stunning ocean views, a historic lighthouse, Oregon’s most unique fishing port and river pools that glisten like gems…

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Where can we look for agates on the Coast?

Agates are found along many beaches on the Oregon Coast that are adjacent to cliffs and streams. In addition to finding…

October 10th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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What interesting tourist attractions are between Newport and Astoria?

There are many great attractions and scenic areas between Newport and Astoria. My must stops for any trip in the…

August 30th, 2015- Post Your Answer
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About Author Gary Hayes

Gary Hayes is publisher of Coast Explorer Magazine and founder of Explorer Media Group, a travel media and marketing company based in Seaside. Gary is a native Oregonian whose earliest memories include working on his grandfather’s fishing boat on the Oregon Coast. Now living in Cannon Beach, Gary is an extensively published photographer and writer focusing on the Oregon Coast and the Northwest's food and wine culture. He also serves as Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards.

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