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!|
I've been to the Olympic National Park a dozen times when living in the area, but only once as an adult. It's an amazing place I never appreciated in those high school visits.ReplyDelete
We bypassed the 3-Capes Loop due to traffic/construction issues. Hope that is reopened for our next trip!
If the construction issue was the closure then it's permanent so be sure you explore the loop-ish next time! We're in the Olympic NP for the next couple weeks and looking forward to finding new adventure.Delete
Being in the PNW is such a treat in the summer. Nothing like the cool coast to help one forget about the heat everywhere else. Love all your travels along the coast. So much green. Have fun in Washington.ReplyDelete
As much as we love our desert the rest of the year, we agree there's no place better than here in the hot months!Delete
We feel the same way when we go to Port Aransas or Anthem AZ, they both feel like home. We know where things are, have our favorite places and have made lots of great memories there. I think you picked the best place to be this summer, sounds like a great place to spend some time.ReplyDelete
You Port Aransas spot is a piece of home/heaven for sure!! Had never been to Anthem before this year and agree it's special too. I'm already excited to return to Tillamook!Delete
So hope you get to meet Mariah next year, Jodee...she is a treasure! Speaking of treasures, I’ll bet an hour in a Party City with Ezra is an adventure!ReplyDelete
We will definitely find her next year!!Delete
Well anywhere with Ezra is an adventure, but he's a kick in the butt when there's hats :-)))
We loved that part of the Oregon coast, thanks for the flashback:)ReplyDelete
You're very welcome - it's a special place.Delete
My home is on the north Oregon Coast and I so appreciate your wonderful photosReplyDelete
of this area. Will watch for your return next year.
So enjoyed your blog entry of my favorite place in the world. We lived in Garibaldi for 6 yrs in the 50's when logging was king!!! Dad had a log truck.... We always spend time at Twin Rocks/Rockaway area. Bar View.. there is a great RV camp there... I was there the same time you were!! And the days were lovely indeed. Yes, love the Parkside, they have the best filet mignon... melts in yr mouth... Crabbing on the pier is fun..ReplyDelete
Glad I did it justice! We'll be back next August if you're there let me know :-)Delete
Oh, I love those places that feel like "home." :-) How fun that you've already booked your favorite spot for next year! And I'm so glad that Buttercup is one of your favorites, as well. Her chowders and ice creams are really special.ReplyDelete
Those seals ARE looking at you! They're curious about people...we've had baby seals swim right up to our kayak thinking that we're their mama, LOL.
We even stopped at the little fish hatchery again :-) Those seals were so dang cute.Delete
That bald eagle makes for a stunning neighbor! Love your coastal photos, especially the "dunes" one.ReplyDelete
Those dunes just sort of pop out of the trees along the coast in a short area - they're so pretty with the dancing grasses.Delete
You definitely scored on your campsite and you continue to make me drool and miss the PNW, a place I have called home.ReplyDelete
I hope you're able to come back for a visit this year!!Delete