Our September trip, north along the Pacific coast…
I’ve decided that the only way I will ever keep details straight in my mind is to post it in sequence.
So with map, calendar, a bit of google, date/time stamps on images and Eric’s better memory, I’ll attempt some semblance of order…. Someone suggested I keep notes. The best I could handle to resemble anything like that was, quickly scrawled notations for miles traveled (almost) each day on the map. No smart phones.
Day 2 – Beverly Beach, OR to Cape Disappointment, WA (I didn’t think to record miles until the next day) – estimated miles 150 (240 km).
(as always, click on an image for a closer look – look for the ‘X’ to get back to the post)
The second day… we took the scenic Three Capes loop as we headed north. The day was a bit sullen, but it never actually rained until that night.
A Pelican hangout at Netarts Bay. It’s hard to tell from a distance, but so many Pelicans naturally caught my eye.
An iconic shot at Garibaldi -Tillamook Bay with the Cormorant tree…
Eventually we arrived at Astoria, the northern most city along the Oregon Coast. Here, a rather strange metallic wild hog… or something?
A preserved theater caught my eye. Some are more impressive than others. I liked this one.
And then… gasp…
I have to admit that the Astoria Bridge has always given me the willies. There’s just something about that very tall first rise that looks like it drops into the mighty Columbia River. I’ve never attempted it on my own. At least with Eric driving I could distract myself by shooting pictures. Yes, no tripod and shooting from a moving vehicle. But undoubtedly you get the idea.
On the approach to the bridge over Astoria…
This looks like a relatively normal bridge, until….
there’s that precipitous drop halfway across the river.
Crossing the mighty Columbia River, the border between Oregon and Washington.
Washington straight ahead.
Looking back at the bridge from quite a distance. Shows just how wide the mouth of the Columbia is. The lovely clouds couldn’t be beat that evening.
We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park that night. The sunset was certainly no disappointment. If you’re at all curious about how it got its name- here’s the link.
Not all those who wander are lost.