Travel Along the Oregon Coast and Columbia River

A note to readers outside the USA: Oregon is a state on the Pacific coast of the United States. It is the central state of three on that coast, lying south of Washington State and north of California. The northern border is partly defined by the Columbia River, the fourth-largest river in the US by volume and source of nearly half of total US hydroelectric power.

When I was in my teens, my family went on a road trip to the Oregon coast. We rented a vacation cabin on the beach in the town of Waldport, and spent a week exploring the neighboring towns.

We timed the trip before the main tourist season. Since we were a home-schooled family, we could schedule our vacations whenever we wanted without waiting for the official summer break! Rental rates for a full cabin were comparable to a motel room at that time of year, and we were able to live literally a stone's throw from the beach.

The cabin was a headquarters of sorts, and day trips included lighthouse tours, the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, the Tillamook Cheese Factory tour, and visits to various beaches and rock formations. We gathered a lot of sea shells, watched the crabs skittering through the rocks along the piers, got soaked with cold seawater when we stopped paying enough attention to the waves, and generally had a lot of fun. Somewhere around here there's probably still a box of seashells and driftwood.

The lighthouses were each uniquely interesting, and the spiral stairway to the top of the Yaquina Head was a serious hike. It's the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast at 93 feet or 28 meters.

The aquarium was fun. it's not especially huge, but it's big enough to be worth devoting most of a day to it. The puffins and otters were probably my favorite exhibits.

On our trip home, we visited the Evergreen Aviation Museum, which is packed with aircraft of all sorts including an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and the infamous Spruce Goose transport.

I don't think we visited any of the Portland sights, but anyone considering a similar trip would doubtless find plenty to see and do in that city. Museums, cultural centers, and general Portland weirdness abound. I would definitely recommend that readers consider a visit to that area.

Unless passengers are prone to carsickness, I suggest anyone who plans to take a similar trip cross into Washington from Portland and driving along the north bank of the Columbia River on State Highway 14. Check out Beacon Rock, the Bonneville Dam, and the Maryville Stonehenge! On the Oregon side, check out the various waterfalls and hiking trails, especially Multnomah Falls. There's no shortage of things to see and do.

A seaside shadow box my sister made, mostly using souvenirs from Oregon coast trips.

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Shadow box photo by the author

Author's note: This is a re-post of an article from my Steemit account with some minor edits. I apologize if my Russian tags are in error - I am relying on Google Chrome to translate the original text in the trending topics list for me.

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Привет! Я робот. Я только что проголосовала за Ваш пост! Я нашла похожий контент, в котором могут быть заинтересованы читатели:

19.03.2017 02:15

As noted previously, I am the same jacobtothe and that post was edited for republication here by me.

19.03.2017 05:07