Left Coast and Redwoods – Finale

After a lovely night’s rest and breakfast at our BnB in Brookings, we headed down to the Harris Beach State Park there and spent some time just walking around. ¬†Here’s a few photos from the park.

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J’s charismatic windswept look ūüôā

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Peek-a-Boo!

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Impressive Rocks!

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After getting our fill of the the wonderful ocean scenery and basically having the park to ourselves, we headed back out on the highway to our next stop, Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint. ¬†From the map, it looked like it might be an interesting spot and lo and behold, when we got to it we were pleasantly surprised to see that it had dunes. ¬†Now this might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people but J had never seen dunes before and she was ecstatic!! ¬†She’d always wanted to see dunes but somehow, had never had the good fortune to run across any on the beaches she had been to. ¬†So, of course, we wandered in amongst the dunes for a while and spent some time on the beach just enjoying watching waves.

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Yup, them’re dunes alright. ¬†With windswept dune grass.

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Wave Watching

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Again, we were the only ones there! ¬†I guess there’s some benefits, especially to a landscape photographer like I am, to go off season in crappy weather. ¬†No one around to get in the way of the scenery except my favourite model ūüôā

Back in the car and up the road a piece to another pullout where I took this pic looking North.

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Our next was for lunch at the Redfish in Port Orford.

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The Redfish (J’s hair in bottom right)

Lovely lunch with some great views there too.

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Having achieved a pleasant state of satiety, we meandered back to the car and headed on up the road again to what was our penultimate¬†stop along the way, Cape Blanco State Park. Cape Blanco is the Westernmost point in Oregon and the contingual United States, and contains the Southernmost Lighthouse in Oregon. ¬†All fine reasons to stop there! What they don’t tell you about is the strength of the wind there! ¬†WhoooBoy….! ¬†J was afeared to leave the car. ¬†I got out and took a bunch of photos; hey that’s what I do, and I jumped straight up to land about foot back of where I launched myself from. ¬†There was a guy in a convertible with the top down and all the windows up just enjoying the views and eating a sandwich. ¬†Said he often comes to enjoy the scenery and wind.

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From here we headed up to Bandon where we stopped at the renowned¬†Face Rock Creamery to pick up some cheese and have a heavenly ice cream ūüôā ¬†We never actually visited the Face Rock but there’s lots of pics on the web of it.

From here, it was head up to Reedsport to pick up Rt 38 back to I-5.  Rt 38 turned out to be a lovely road along the river and through the hills.  Did I mention that we saw sheep in Oregon.  And Elk.  Lots of both!

Once we got to I-5, we headed up to Portland to stay with a friend of J’s that’s she’s known forever. ¬†Had a pizza dinner, conversation, crashed and were on the road again the next morning. ¬†Our last stop was a food court in the Alderwood Mall because I decided to get the pack after all!

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Yum! Indian Food!

And then back home. ¬†Boy, were we glad to be back home in our own bed that night. ¬†We had a great trip and loved all the crazy ups and downs and beautiful places and trees we saw but there’s nothing like coming home after a trip to your own bed! ¬†And on that note, I’ll say amen and leave you all in peace until I decide to write about something else.

Rich 

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