Visit the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse on the coast and you’ll be blown away. Literally. It blows a gale most days and you can well imagine why the lighthouse was so essential as you survey the wild seas and rugged coastline.
But the other side of town, by the river, is pure serenity. Fishing trawlers are mirrored in the silky smooth water of the marina. Sea lions loll about in the sun and tourists and locals enjoy fresh local seafood at the many quayside eateries.
Then, just to confound all theories, I glanced out of our hotel window one evening and found the seas had calmed and, at long last, a pretty reasonable sunset presented itself.