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Crescent City to Fort Bragg

The Majestic Redwwods

sunny 27 °C

Today, we saw the majestic Redwood forests. First we stopped at Redwood national Park, only half hour drive from Crescent city. We walked for a couple hours on trails to marvel at these trees and beautiful forests. Some of the Californian Redwoods are over 2,000 years old and they are the tallest trees on earth. After a lovely walk we continued down the north coast, the famous Californian fog had rolled in. We travelled through the famous Avenue of the Giants, a 31 mile country road with 51,000 acres of redwood . We stopped a couple times to walk on trails, the under storey in these ancient redwood forests of ferns and some orchids was beautiful. Finished our day at Fort Bragg, a town right on the coast, our accommodation overlooked the wharf, a nice place to finish off our trip to the USA. Dinner at the North coast brewery, we have enjoyed visiting the micro breweries on our trip, the beer and food is always good.
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The Oregon South Coast

Florence to Crescent City

sunny 25 °C

Completed the last leg of the Oregon coast today, continuing on highway 101 and finished over the border to California. Spent the morning exploring the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, 50 miles of mammoth dunes and wide beaches that go for as long as the eye can see. We walked a few kilometres through dunes to the beach, it brought me back to year 11 geography classes on dune succession. There were designated areas for dune buggies and many kids and big kids were using sandboards ( think snow boards on sand) to ride down the dunes, looked like fun! We continued our drive to Cape Arago and the Charleston to Bandon Tour route. Stopped at Sunset cove for lunch, a scenic cove beach framed by dramatic cliffs. Shore Acres was interesting as well for its spectacular coastline of crashing waves against sheer cliffs and beautiful formal gardens that formally belonged to a timber baron, Louis Simpson in the early 1900's. The whole coastline is dotted with quaint fishing towns and light houses. The last stretch of coastline seemed to be most spectacular, the Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor provided stunning scenic viewpoints. Finished over the border in a town called Crescent city.
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Pacific city, Cape Kiwanda to Florence

The central Oregon coast

sunny 27 °C

Continued travelling down this beautiful coastline. Started the day with a walk up the sandstone cape, a sandy steep climb that offered top views of the sheer cliffs and ocean. We travelled down south, stopping at Depoe bay where everyone is out watching the Gray whales pass by, we managed to see a few throughout the day and loads of seal lions. The whole drive is panoramic and every bend offers trails to the beach, so we did this often throughout the day. We stopped at Yaquina Heads, it has Oregons tallest lighthouse, they are dotted all along this coast. We were able to walk down to a beautiful intertidal area, seabirds everywhere and Cobble beach, as the name suggests, a beach of smooth black pebbles where you can see interesting creatures in the tidal pools. We took the Otter Crest Loop, a scenic detour along a winding section of the old coast highway and this is where we had a pretty good view of the whales and also enjoyed a bowl of clam chowder at Mo's West, an Oregon coast institution, delicious! Continued down to Newport, an interesting cross between tourist town and busy fishing port so we strolled along the historic Bayfront and watched trawlers unload their catch and browsed through the local shops. Crossed over the iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge, an interesting Art Deco design. Then to Yachats, a gorgeous little village on the beach and Heceta Head Lighthouse viewpoint to take more snaps of the picture postcard Oregon coast. Finished up at Florence for the night, had dinner in the old part of town, again lots of history and stroll along the boardwalk.
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Astoria to Pacific City

The North Oregon Coast

sunny 26 °C

Today we started on our trip down the spectacular Oregon coast, focusing on the north Oregon section. We explored Astoria all morning. The town has a long seafaring history and has many restored Victorian buildings. Being Sunday, the market in town was on so we stocked up on fresh fruit such as Donut peaches, Rainer cherries and apricots, just delicious! We visited the Lewis and Clark National park, walking through tall, majestic Douglas fir and learning a little about the fascinating history of Lewis an Clark and the Corps of discovery, this is where they ended their 4,000 mile trek across the US in 1805. We then drove south to Seaside, it was lovely to see the ocean and we stopped for our picnic. Then to Ecola, a couple km walk to Indian beach with panoramic views of the coast including Haystack rock and offshore, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. The weather was glorious so spent some time relaxing and enjoying the sun, however, the water was freezing, people here wear wet suits when swimming. We then continued onto Three Capes Scenic Route that follows a stretch of coastline between Tillamook and Pacific City, stunning headlands along a winding road. We finally ended up at Cape Kiwanda for the night, it has a huge sandstone bluff and we had tea at Pelican Brewpub, directly over looking the beach where we watched the sun set and people driving down to the beach and lighting bonfires. Another great day, Tomorrow we will complete the central coastline.
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Pack wood to Astoria

Washington to Oregon

semi-overcast 22 °C

Started early and made the trip up to see Mt.St.Helens. An extraordinary landscape that is slowly regenerating after the 1980 eruption. It was equivalent to 1500 atomic bombs with an earthquake that triggered a landslide, covering 360 sq km's. We trudged up what seemed like 1000 steps to windy Ridge to get the closest view to the mouth of the crater. We drove down the mountain to a town called Randle and hit jackpot. We discovered a true blue , all American diner with delicious food and great hospitality, the Mt. Adam Cafe'. We treated ourselves to brunch after expending so much energy climbing all those stairs! Feeling full and content we hit the road and headed over into Oregon. Arrived in Astoria, the oldest US settlement west of the Rocky Mountains and sits at the mouth of the Columbia River. Spent a lovely afternoon on a train trolley that rattles along the waterfront buildings and old cannery piers , many of which have been converted to hotels and restaurants. The weather turned and rain set in for the night, so we headed indoors to a micro brewery on the waterfront, sat at the bar and enjoyed local cream ale and oysters and salmon, watching ships sail by on there way up the huge Columbia river to Portland.
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