Tuesday, September 30, 2008

North Oregon coast...

After leaving Westport, we spent four days at Cape Disappointment State Park in SW Washington. Both of us came down with colds and felt really crummy, plus the weather was rainy and nasty, so no pictures were taken. The park is very nice, and under different circumstances we would have pictures to show. So, leaving there we travelled across the Columbia to Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon. It is a huge park with nearly three hundred camp sites, beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River, and lots of forest land. One day we took a trip into Astoria. We had lunch above the water at the Safeway (really!), and listened to the sea lions barking from up the river. So we went to check them out:

Unfortunately, our video camera was back at camp, so you don't get the noise. And was it noisy! But here are your sea lions, Deanna. Make a trip down to Astoria, and you won't be disappointed.

What is left of the wreck of the Peter Ireland ship on the shore at Fort Stevens Park is pictured below. The wreck was 102 years ago, and this rusting metal is all that is left.
Here is a shot of the wreck from way down the beach.
A brother and sister buried in the sand caught our attention.

Down the road was Fort Clapsop, which is a replica of the fort where Lewis and Clark and their party spent the winter of 1805-1806. Very interesting.
We visited Seaside, OR on a beautiful, sunny day (at least it started that way).
This is outside Cannon Beach, OR:

Then we watched the fog come in. It really looked like a waterfall down the beach.
And on our way south, we stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We thoroughly enjoyed the self-guided tour, and the delicious lunch (never too old for grilled cheese, Jackie said).


Deanna said...

Did you get some ice cream at the cheese factory too? That's my favorite part!

And thanks for the sea lion shots. Now I'm all jealous.

Laura said...

From Laura, Deanna's friend: What a fun trip, there are so many sights to see. If you have time, I recommend the Oregon lighthouses, my boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip this summer: http://lauritalee.blogspot.com/2008/08/goin-coastal-lighthouses.html

Dick & Jackie said...

Deanna, are you kidding? It's your Dad we're talking about! We brought home a half-gallon of Mountain Huckleberry--mmm delicious!
Love, Mom

Debbie said...

I'm jealous that you got to go on the Tilamook tour! When we went there it was HOT, SUNNY and we couldn't leave Chugger in the car (you may have noticed there was no shade anywhere in the parking lot). We'll have to make a trip down there again!

Dick & Jackie said...

Debbie, it's a self guided tour that can take just a few minutes, unless you want to shop or eat. Next time one can take the tour and one can walk the dog.