It was a rainy trip down to the Redwoods those three days spent on the Oregon Coast. Though it had been sunny and dry all month, the forecast changed the week we were to leave. Whatever. We packed raincoats and umbrellas and headed on our way – it’s still the Oregon Coast and it’s always marvelous!
We said goodbye to Washington and crossed the mighty Columbia River into Oregon, stopping by Astoria where I took these pictures of the giant ships on the river. We also visited the collectible stores – where I found something wonderful for the low, low price of $6 – with no sales tax in Oregon besides!
We spent our first night at the resort town of Seaside
and woke up the next day to the promised rain. Fortified by strong coffee (latte in my case) we pressed ahead to Cannon Beach a few miles down the road.
Next was lunch at the Tillamook Cheese factory so we could justify the ice cream afterwards (worth it) followed by a stop at Cape Kiwanda. While Bob caught a nap in the truck I hiked up the sand dune for a better view, carrying my umbrella, sometimes using it as a walking stick.
It was worth it.
It may seem so but the weather didn’t dampen our spirits – there was too much to see and do and we kept on trucking (literally), stopping at the overlooks and the beach walks and the lighthouses – definitely the lighthouses.
Here’s the lighthouse at Yaquina Head, at 93 feet, the tallest in Oregon.
Just below thousands of seabirds come to raise their young in the spring.
Yaquina Head is just north of Newport where we stopped for our second night. It’s also about halfway down the Oregon Coast and good place to stop this post.
But lest you think all was rainy and gloomy, the sun appeared in Newport and lo and behold – we caught the sunset from our balcony.
The best is yet to come! Stay tuned for the second half of our road trip down the Oregon Coast for more lighthouses, crashing waves and ocean geysers.
Oh you captured some wonderful photos of the coast. I’ve never seen so many big ships lined up at Astoria. Beautiful. 😀
Oh thank you so much! We love the Oregon Coast, every time there’s something new! 🙂
Definitely worth the trip, despite the weather. But you didn’t take your little caravan?
Best wishes, Pete.
We thought it was too early in the season for the trailer and the weather seemed to bear that out. Our camping days are coming up soon though! 🙂
How fun! I always like the coast 😀
Me too! thanks! 😊
I remember loving rolling down the sand dunes with my brother and sisters. I think the ones we slid down were at Neahkhanie.
What fun. Years ago we took a dune buggy out on the Oregon Sand Dunes. This time we just stopped at the Overlooks. But I was glad to hike up Cape Kiwanda since it was fairly short and provided a good view.
Never did ride a dune buggy. It always looked fun.
Great photos of a terrific drive – and we LOVE the Tillamook factory!
Thanks so much John! We never make that drive without a stop by the Tillamook Cheese Factory! 😁
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These images are gorgeous! We were too impatient to wait in line for an hour (on a Saturday) for the Tillamook ice cream, but ate free cheese samples and spent $65 at the gift shop 🙂 I was thrilled when Tillamook ice cream appeared in our local Tennessee grocery freezer this winter. It lives up to the hype!
Wow, I wouldn’t have waited for an hour either! We’re fortunate to travel off season on the weekdays.