Since we are only a couple of miles from downtown Yachats, we take an early afternoon break from our natural wonders and grab lunch at an adorable little restaurant that's been highly recommended. The Drift Inn Pub is hopping and we take that as a good sign. It is. Celeste's Cobb Salad with homemade bleu cheese dressing is one of the best cobbs we've ever tasted. Loaded and lucious, there is not a morsel left at our lunch's end. I'm equally pleased with a Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps appetizer that actually turns out to be a substantial and delicious salad in it's own right. Service is amazingly good considering the bustling crowd. The full bar, eclectic menu and very warm ambiance complete with dangling parasols makes this a very good find for a small, quaint village such as Yachats. We are pleasantly surprised at our find.
Following our very successful lunch option, we continue on our coastal exploration. A few miles south of Perpetua is Strawberry State Park where harbor seals lounge in abundance and marine life flourishes.
The brief detour is well worth the side trip before we return for one last hike back in the National Forest. The Whispering Spruce Trail begins 800 feet above the Pacific coast and though the trail is less than a mile loop, it packs quite a punch. One stop is the historical rock shelter built in 1934 by the Civil Consevation Corps, boasting it provides one of the most spectacular views available along the Oregon coast. Alas, with today's fog, our view is limited, but still beautiful.