It’s a dirty job, but….

….somebody’s got to explore this Oregon coast.

We’ve been exploring the California North Coast for ages, it seems, but we thought you’d like to give it a rest….

We’re parked near the coast, due west from Portland.

The other morning, we drove 30 miles south to a lovely little town called Pacific City. Kind of a foggy, grey day, about 60 degrees.

Arrived to find this huge rock just offshore!

DSC_5185Click on it to make it fill your screen, and you’ll find some tiny surfers low to the left…that’s how big the rock is!

Poor day to explore in more detail…will be back.

Headed north to Astoria…where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific. It’s a big deal….

We crossed over to Washington on a bridge that took forever and gave us wondrous views! This was our initial contact, so we didn’t spend much time with details. Wound our way through Cape Disappointment State Park…and caught a fun picture past the Cape D lighthouse back toward the mouth of the river.

DSC_5364Headed back south. Stopped at Cannon Beach. Hoo boy, we’re gonna spend more time in this place!

This picture from Ecola State Park provides a sweeping view of the town’s shoreline, including its massive Haystack Rock, waaay in the background.

DSC_5213Ended our day with a sweet sky as a backdrop for an offshore lighthouse north of town.

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Did someone say eagle?

We’ve arrived in Tillamook, OR for a month-long stay.

We’ve wanted to be here to visit Grandma Barb, my father’s widow, since we started this odyssey of life in a coach…and it finally happened!

It doesn’t hurt that she lives so near the northern Oregon coast….

And has nesting eagles nearby! Yep, Robyn has already spotted at least 3 pair and their nests! They’re mostly a safe distance from my camera, unfortunately. Caught one the other day.

DSC_5161Never content to rest on her laurels, Robyn found one feeding along the shore of Nehalem Bay, and when he took off with his catch, it seemed to have some kelp tangled with it!

DSC_5192Along that bay at low tide, I caught a massive stump that had managed to float this far when the water was obviously MUCH higher!

DSC_5203Proving that glorious scenery does not occur only at the ocean shoreline, the highlight of our day exploring this significant bay 20 miles north of us was the sunset that lit the entire scene along the Nehalem River….

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