Road Trip To The Washington Coast

Road Trip To The Washington Coast

With the price of airline tickets, baggage fees, parking fees, and rental car fees, the wife and I decided in protest to just drive this year to our vacation destination. We love the U.S. Northwest and are slowly exploring our way around Washington and Oregon. This year we picked the central coast of Washington. There are better places to visit in Washington, but since we need to see it all, Ocean Shores became our destination.

We left our house after a full day's work and of course packing the truck. We had a couple hours of light left, followed by hours of heavy rains in the dark. We didn't quite make it to the Utah border as hoped, and instead pulled off the highway just east of the town of Dinosaur. We crossed the border in the morning. Probably the best state sign in the country.

That stretch of Utah was boring as hell, as the lack of photos between states shows. We planned to take a photo with every state crossing, but this would be our last one because the other states put their signs in photographically impossible locations. Wasn't too happy about that.

Southern Idaho was a fairly awful stretch of highway drudgery as well. The only thing worth visiting was Shoshone Falls in the town of Twin Falls.

You would have no idea such a feature existed in what was a very flat and generic little city. The canyon that the Snake River carved just appears out of nowhere and is quite impressive.

After grabbing dinner in some dinky town we started searching for a place to pull over for the night. We took a dirt road north into some very dry-looking hills, just east of Boise. This quail crossed the road -one of many we saw during our trip.

We pulled off the road to check out a possible camping site and found this old cement, man-hole-like structure. In the bottom of it were at lease four of these snakes.

I wasn't sure if they were in there by choice or just fell in, so I found a large branch and stuck it into the hole so they'd have an easier way to escape.

After a little more driving we found an empty trail head parking lot, but the trail had been closed off. It even had an outhouse. This is where we stayed the night. This pretty flower bush was the only thing worth photographing. On our way out the following morning we stopped by an interesting exhibit about the Oregon Trail that once meandered through the same hills.

I remember nothing about the north east corner of Oregon that we drove through, but I'm sure it was a little more interesting than the suckscape of southern Idaho. Things started getting much more scenic after we crossed into Washington, especially leading up to Mt. Raineer. It was a hazy day, but seeing this massive volcano towering above everything else was still impressive.

After about 24 hours of driving we finally arrived at our destination on the coast at our resort in Ocean Shores, Washington. After that much driving we weren’t in the best of moods and everything was cloudy, cool, and misty -exactly what we were trying to avoid by planning our trip in the middle of July. Other than one sunny day, this is what the weather was like for the entire week on the coast. We did not stay put, though, but you’ll have to wait for the next chapter for more photos…