Back to the Oregon Coast

11 06 2012

The Oregon Coast was always a great place to go growing up. Astoria, Fort Stevens, Fort Clatsop, Neakahnie, Cannon Beach, Seaside, Tilliamook, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport… I saw pretty much the whole northern coast.

So going back there over Memorial Day weekend with my wife — the first time she’d ever seen the natural wonders of Oregon’s Pacific shoreline — was a lot of fun, even as an adult. And this trip was perhaps only the second one in which I drove so much. Happy to give my parents a break after all the driving they did for me.

It’s been developed a little bit here and there, but the coast was still pretty much unchanged from my younger days. It’s one of the reasons I love Oregon — change is steady, there’s population growth and development but it doesn’t always happen so fast.

Me, wife and mom at the Seaside turnaround. Wife is wearing a Fulham FC jacket, she’s a fan!

Bridge over the mouth of the Columbia River from Astoria Column.

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Ore.

View from Neakahnie Mountain. Wow.

My parents at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

Like I said, this trip wasn’t so much for me as it was for my native Arizonan wife. She said she loved it. I think she liked Mo’s clam chowder, cheese samples and pepperoni sticks more than the scenery. Well maybe not.

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