TO THE DUNES AND BEYOND

Trip Start Jun 23, 2010
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Trip End Jul 17, 2010


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OREGON DUNES KOA

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Monday, June 28, 2010

To Oregon Dunes

Trip Duration:            6:20

Miles Traveled:            230

Arrival Time:                        7:53 (Pacific)

Best: First views of the Pacific Ocean

Worst:  Missing the Tide pools at Cannon beach

Unexpected:            A toilet at a state park that flushes when you sit down. (Scared the crap right out of me!)

We really had an enjoyable day today.  We had a great time driving in the car and we stopped as often as possible to see the views.  This entire route (Hwy 101) was scenic.  Each view of the ocean or mountains was beautiful.  Of course, the girls got great laughs at my expense about taking pictures of everything.

It rained the entire drive.  It wasn't bad at first, but it was an average of 60 degrees.  The cold got to us after awhile.

Stevens State Park was right across the street from our KOA.  We went over to get our first glimpse of the Ocean and put our feet in it.  I don’t know why, but I got really emotional when we came upon the ocean.  Many people live their whole lives dreaming of getting there and putting their feet in it.  We’ve traveled over 3,000 miles and reached the edge of our country.  It was an awesome moment I will never forget.

On the beach was the wreck of Peter Iredale.  It was mostly under the sand, but really neat to get to see it up-close.

Ecola State Park was really cool, including the scenic drive into the park.  Our video of the drive doesn’t look as good as the ride was, but we had fun making it.

We did not confirm this, but we are sure that the ending scene of The Goonies was filmed here.  We were calling to "Willy" asking where his ship was.   This park overlooks Cannon beach, which is known for great tide pools.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make it there for low tide, so missed the tide pools.  I think there are some in Washington that perhaps we can stop and see.

We stopped at many overlooks or took pictures along the route.

We got to the Sea Lion caves too late to see them.  It’s only about 30 miles from our KOA, so will go out early tomorrow to see them. 

The Oregon Dunes are apparently rather expansive.  Our KOA has numerous Dune Buggies.  I can hear my cousin Marybeth saying “Dune Buggy, Dune Buggy!” From this location, they do not recommend walking on the dunes due to the amount of ATV, etc. traffic.  Rick would be in heaven here with his four-wheeler.  The girls want me to rent a dune buggy.  Even though I am an excellent driver, I don’t think we will go that route.  Tomorrow, we will try another way to walk the dunes.

Another great day.
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