Storm-watching season is about to hit the coast

Storm-watching season is almost here, so it’s time to haul out the foul-weather gear, charge the camera batteries and head for the coast.

Where to go:

Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment State Park. This driftwood-laden beach is ground zero for Pacific Northwest storm-watchers. Watch waves explode in giant sprays beneath the historic gaze of 151-year-old Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. You can even watch the waves from the comfort of your car.

Willapa Bay. Watch miles of storm clouds hang heavy over the placid waters of the bay. Vistas stretch well into the Willapa Hills, offering expansive and exciting views of Pacific County.

Beachcombing. With 28 miles of silver-sand beach, you never know what you might find during storm-watching season. Barnacle-covered buoys are a common sight, but beachcombers in years past have found everything from Japanese tsunami debris to the elusive glass fishing floats. Strong winter waves and currents deposit all sorts of treasures on the beach – finding them is the fun part. Pro tip: Search the edge of the dune grass after a high tide.

Dismal Nitch. The name says it all. Don’t let the blue skies in the above photo fool you – Lewis & Clark christened this area “Dismal Nitch” after a rather unpleasant night camping along its shore. Visit during a storm and have your own Lewis & Clark experience!

[pickled fish] restaurant at Adrift Hotel. The restaurant atop the Adrift Hotel is the only Peninsula eatery that overlooks the ocean, making the perfect perch for storm-watching season. Find a seat, order a bite or brew and enjoy the view!


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