The Oregon coastline includes 365 miles of windswept beauty. We had been to a few spots along the coast in the past but decided to spend a week there earlier this month.
And we are so glad we did!
Our first stop was Astoria...
a lovely port city at the mouth of the Columbia River...
which is also a cruise ship terminal.
It happens to be the oldest city in the state of Oregon...
founded in 1811.
We had fish and chips on a pier...
where we watched sea lions in the waters below.
We could see the Megler bridge in the distance.
At 6,545 meters, it is the longest continuous tress bridge in North America.
It was completed in 1966...
replacing the ferry service which was the only link to Washington State
Ecola State Park.
Nehalem Bay State Park...
our home base for our visit.
With miles of sand beaches...
...dunes to climb
...and trails to cycle,
it was a good choice.
Our visit to Cape Meares Lighthouse was a bit of a disappointment as the fog rolled in that morning.
By the time we reached Oceanside (a few miles to the south),
the fog had lifted.
We stopped at Three Arch Rocks...
a national wildlife refuge.
Each of the three rocks seen in the distance is an arch.
The refuge is home to many seabirds.
We drove the 'Three Capes Scenic Loop' stopping here and there along the way.
This is the lesser known one at Cape Kiwanda,
just north of Pacific City.
I hiked to the top of the sand dune at Cape Kiwanda...
...for amazing views.
It was worth the half-mile climb up sand!
We stopped by Tillamook Creamery for ice-cream...
along with hundreds of others who also thought that was a good idea!
I can recommend their salted caramel ice-cream!
And then there was Cannon Beach...
Back at our campsite...
we had visitors daily.
Our northern Oregon coast adventure was the perfect way to end the camping season for 2022.
I decided to give my Oregon memories a separate post.
Stay tuned for my September monthly re-cap...