You know those landmarks that tell you you're almost home? Might be a corner store, or an old tree. It's a sight that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about where you're going.
One of the reasons I like Tombstone, Arizona, so much is that I get that feeling when we see the familiar mountain ranges, when we make that turn into town. There's another place that affects me the same way - Tillamook, Oregon.
Our first stay four years ago was only for one night, then we spent three weeks here two years ago. Returning this summer, I'm so excited when we cross the Netarts River, when we pass the sign for Munson Falls, when we see the road construction in town is finally complete. Not likely we will ever live here permanently, but it sure feels like coming home.
A week is not enough, and before leaving this time I make a two-week reservation for next August. We'll be coming from the north so we'll see if that feeling is the same :-)
This visit we're staying at the Misty River RV Park and our site is right on the Wilson River. We can't get completely level and satellite doesn't connect at the bottom of two forest-covered mountains, but it's a beautiful spot. We have lots of green space and the only access point for the river is next to us - perfect!
|River in our backyard (and poop bags too)!|
|Las Margaritas - cute and hard to miss!|
|Our first morning Bill calls me outside to see our neighbor.|
|It's wonderful that we see more of them now - so majestic.|
We continue north, enjoying the amazing coastal views, and turn around in Nehalem after enjoying a couple scoops from Buttercup (thanks again Eric and Laurel). The lemon lavender sorbet is still the favorite.
|I love this view of Tillamook Bay from Garibaldi Harbor.|
|A stop at pretty Rockaway Beach|
|A giant serpent rises above the water...|
|A pretty combination of short falls and smooth pools.|
One of the prettiest drives on the Oregon Coast is the Three Capes Scenic Drive. It includes Cape Meares, Cape Lookout, and Cape Kiwanda. Although there's a section permanently destroyed by mudslides that means it's no longer a real loop, it's worth making the drive to Cape Meares and turning around to pick up the rest of the drive.
We chose a rainy day to make the trip this time. Still, the parking lot at Cape Meares lighthouse is full. The trail to Octopus Tree is muddy so we don't wait around for a spot.
|Wind across the surf.|
|Seals on a sand bar in Netarts Bay|
|I swear they're looking at me!|
|Sweeping shore views.|
|Nehalem Bay State Park|
After two months in Oregon, next we move north to Washington to see the only section of Hwy 101 we've yet to travel.
Back in SoCal......
|Oh Ezra, you crack me up!|