Saturday, October 1, 2011

Road Trip: The Oregon Coast

Bunny Bling Bling took the summer off of blogging and traveled distances for a bit of an escape from the day-to-day, insufferable humidity and city aggression. I ventured towards the beloved British Columbia, road tripped south towards Seattle, Washington, then headed east to Oregon. One major highlight of the trip was the 1 full day and 1 night along the Oregon Coast. I can describe the experience as majestic and wondrous.

We drove almost non-stop along the winding Highway 101, with only our final destination (Newport, Oregon) in mind. My eyes constantly moved across the landscape that engulfed our rented old-man black Cadillac to the point of dizziness. I was overwhelmed by the miles of healthy, monstrous walls of trees and endless beaches. The Pacific Ocean was like a dream. I don't have many opportunities to see the ocean, let alone the ocean crashing against high cliffs and rocks that bordered our big strip of a highway.

Tips for a long road trip:

  • Take a decent road map with you

  • Do a little bit of research and reading on a couple of key destinations, with places to eat and explore (We had Fodor's guide to the Pacific Northwest to help us decide where to stop)

  • Pack snacks and water (we had a variety pack of Voodoo Doughnuts from Portland, Oregon)

  • Have a full tank of gas (we almost ran out at one point. Not a good feeling when you're literally in the middle of nowhere)

  • Be prepared to listen to some local AM and FM radio (a lot of static and shuffling from station to station)

  • Eat some gravol (I don't know how I'd survive a long car ride without it)

View from the Astoria Column, in Astoria.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach

Amazing clam chowder and fish and chips at the Old Oregon Smokehouse in Rockaway Beach

Foggy morning. A lovely stay at The Whaler Hotel in Newport.

Checking out some marine life in Newport, with the sounds of sea lions arfing it up in the distance.

Sadly, 1 day and 1 night was clearly not enough time to really take it all in as we left with just wanting more. We would love to go back and do it again, with more time spent on the beaches and going even further down south, driving all the way to California. Next time!

Up Next: M.'s post about cats in Switzerland!

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