Monday, February 27, 2012

A trip to the Oregon Coast

Ever just need to get away for a few days?
Me too. My husband and I decided to jump in the car and head down to the coast of Oregon for a few days.
Forecast? Rain.
Did that stop us? No.

We did get a few sun breaks here and there, which was nice for snapping some pictures, but overall we got rain, hail, wind and snow. Bring it on!

View just over the Lewis and Clark Bridge (from Washington into Oregon)

First stop. Welcome to Astoria. The home of Kindergarten Cop & Goonies. Yes, I did make us swing by the hollywood hot spots (school where K Cop was filmed, Goonies House, etc.).

We were greeted by a bunch of honking Sea lions. It was pretty hysterical. You could hear them from the main street. We went down to the docks and watched them swim, honk and play.

Astoria waterfront

Back over to the Washington side on the Olympic Peninsula to Cape Disappointment.
Lighthouse #1
The wind was blowing like crazy and it was freezing so we weren't outside very long.

A walk out on the verrrry windy beach, all bundled up as tight as can be.
View of lighthouse #2.

Up to lightouse #2 at Cape Disappointment.
I LOVE lighthouses.

After stopping at this lighthouse, we traveled on to another beach on the WA Olympic Peninsula, Long Beach. Due to the windy/rainy conditions we only peeked at the beach but went in a few stores before heading back over the bridge to Oregon.

Cannon Beach, OR
Hard to tell from the pictures, but it was frigid. So cold. And the wind just slapped your face pink. With gusts up to 60 mph. Quite a day to be at the beach.

View of Haystack rock

I love the collection of sea foam along the shore line.

Enter Hail.
Here's proof.
A giant front rolled through as we were walking back from Haystack rock. It hailed like crazy, then poured rain. Our pants were soaked and suctioned to our legs, but what a memory it made. hahaha

The next day we ventured out to Tillamook, the home of the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

Mmmmm. Cheese.
Thanks for the samples.

Up Hwy 6 to Porland, enter: snow storm. Luckily the snow only lasted along Hwy 6, and turned to rain as we got closer to the city.

Portland down by the Willamette River. Too wet to walk around for long. 

Portland is the place of a million bridges! I tell you. I didn't realize it, but there are actually 10 bridges that cross the Willamette River at various places through the city, including the double decker variety.

There's a cool shopping area called Nob Hill, with cute little shops tucked in among Queen Anne style architecture. It was really crowded and rainy so we only drove through. Next time we'll walk and shop.

And of course, our trip to Portland wouldn't have been complete without stopping at The Cullen House in Portland (for all you Twilight fans). hahaha I know, I'm pathetic, but couldn't pass it up. At least I didn't go to all the Twilight stops - that would have taken us a couple hours out of our way.

And the final Twilight stop, on our route back to Seattle, was Kalama, WA. The school where the outside scenes were filmed (where Edward saves Bella from being struck by the sliding van). Oh yah. I'll spare you the photo of me faking like I was Bella almost getting hit by the van. 

Well that's all folks!
Hope you all enjoyed your weekend too!

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  1. your photos are beautiful! I felt like i was right there with you. so cool you went to the tillamook factory!! i would have been in heaven in there with all those cheese samples. is it ok for me to be "homesick" looking at these pictures, even though i only lived in washington for 18 months? i really miss it over there especially looking at all your beautiful photos. way to go for seizing the moment! b/c we always planned on doing a little oregon trip as well as a canada/BC trip... and what do ya know? we moved faster than we coulda/shoulda done those trips!! boo!!

    1. We've been trying to get down to the Oregon coast for a long time and still haven't made it up to BC. I know what you mean. Intentions are good but time slips away! You'll have to do a little exploring in your new neck of the woods!

  2. Glad you had fun in my "neighborhood"
    Sorry you weren't here yesterday--cold still, but at least we had some sun!

    1. Oregon really is beautiful! Lots more to explore. Looks like I'll have to go back to enjoy it in the sunshine. :)

  3. I love the Oregon Coast.
    I NEED to see the picture of you pretending to be Bella!!

    1. hahaha I can't humiliate myself that much. :)I'm sure you can imagine it much better than it looks. haha


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