A Week On The Northwest Coast (part 1)

A Week On The Northwest Coast (part 1)

My wife and I recently vacationed on the southern coast of Washington state. We stayed at a resort at Long Beach and from there explored the surrounding area, including northern Oregon. We love the northwest, with its typically not too hot, not too cold weather, lush vegetation, and equal access to forests, mountains, and ocean. Despite having reservations on the southern coast, we flew into Seattle the day before. This gave us the opportunity to visit my friend Patrick and his family and also get a feel for some areas on our drive down to the resort, as we plan on moving  to Washington in the future. Patrick, his wife and their two girls live on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, just west of Seattle. What a relaxing, beautiful place to live. Much of their extended family live in the area and they all converged on the house for our visit. We had a wonderful, fun time. You won’t meet a better family clan, and we were so appreciative of our gracious hosts and all the love and good cheer the family provided. (So much so that apparently I forgot to take any photos!)

The next morning we rented a car and began our long drive down the coast. It was mostly uneventful. We stopped at this beach on the way down.

Long Beach Peninsula is a 28-mile-long finger of land running south to north containing the world’s longest (and perhaps straightest) continuous peninsula beach. This was the last stop for Lewis and Clark’s westward expedition to find passage to the Pacific Ocean. Our resort was in the small town of Long Beach with a short walk down to the beach.

Long Beach is a great place to fly kites. This gigantic octopus kite was a spectacle to behold.

The eight mile Discovery Trail along the coast takes you in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Here is a whale skeleton on display next to it. The beach itself is rather nondescript. Just flat sand, with little to beach comb for, and no interesting seamounts and such out in the water. Regardless, there is a lot to do in the area that caters to your typical tourists, but we prefer to spend our vacation time out in nature and interesting landscape, so we didn't spend much time around our host town.

Early in the trip we drove across the bridge and state line into Astoria, Oregon, where we met our dear friend Terry, coming from Portland. We hiked a nice little forested trail in the middle of the city to the Cathedral Tree.

The trail ends at the Astoria Column.

If you are physically up for it you can take the stairs all the way to the top. The view is great. You can also buy little balsa wood glider planes to throw from the top. Or in my case you can just find them littered on the grounds and toss one.

Afterwards we had a nice lunch and some local brews at Fort George Brewery. (Yeah, I know, not much of a review. Too busy catching up with Terry.)

Back in Washington we hiked around Cape Disappointment State Park. There were a lot of variations of this pretty, unique flower growing all around a trail we took out to the jetty.

The only wildlife I took a photo of was this snail and a frog. However, once we got the the jetty, we sat on the rocks and a sea lion popped his head out of the water right in front of us and we just stared at each other for a few seconds. It was quite amazing.

These little guys were everywhere.

Love this view

I don't know what this is, but someone took our picture.