Sunday, May 14, 2017, Racing through Oregon

It was not warm this morning. The motel, which has a great view of the ocean, has a coffee machine in the room and that’s it. We made coffee, took a few more photos and then took off, still going north along the coast on Highway 101.

Looking out at the ocean from the Sea Crest Motel, Port Orford, OR

Looking out at the ocean from the Sea Crest Motel, Port Orford, OR

We found rain off and on. We would have liked to look around Bandon, but it was pouring when we got there, so we went on to Coos Bay, a lumber town. We made a quick circuit of the downtown, but it was 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and not much was open. We found the Safeway, where we got breakfast and lunch and just looked around, then set off again.

We stopped along the way at one of the Dunes National Recreation Areas that seemed scenic and had a picnic table. It had stopped raining, so we took some photos and had our salads.

Pacific Ocean and beach from part of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Pacific Ocean and beach from part of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Sand Dune in Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon

Sand Dune in Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon

Some rhododendrons were growing near the restroom facilities. I mention this only because the flowers were the largest I’ve ever seen — not the leaves, just the flowers.

Rhododendron near restroom at part of the Dunes National Recreation Area

Rhododendron near restroom at part of the Dunes National Recreation Area

We eventually stopped driving along the coast (Highway 101) and went inland, to take a quick look at Salem, the capital of Oregon.

Rhododendron near restroom at part of the Dunes National Recreation Area

State Capitol, Salem, Oregon

It took some effort to find the capitol. I’m not sure we ever did find the center of town, since signs were few to none. Google and my iPhone got us here.

Then it was on to Route 5 and the fast highway — except for the giant backup plus road closure around Portland. We landed in Vancouver, Washington, for the night. We’re at another Best Western — and were excited to find a Trader Joe’s across the street.

Tomorrow:  Seattle

 

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1 Comment

  1. Yecenia

     /  May 17, 2017

    Interesting!

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