Highway 101 - Oh Wow...!

Trip Start May 29, 2012
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Trip End Jun 30, 2012


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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Friday, June 8, 2012

Stretching along Oregon's coast for 363 miles (about 600 kms) is one of the most scenic drives I've ever had the thrill of navigating. Every bend tempted us with yet another roadside pullout to stop and enjoy the endless pretty coastal views. So yes, it did take some time... but it was truly worth it. And what added to the splendour of it all was that Oregon's incredible scenic highway was basked in warm sunshine for all the days we were there. The warmer, drier temperatures didn't go unappreciated by the slightly damp and chilly contents of Milly, including her passengers.

Welcoming us to our Oregon experience was the impressive 6 km Astoria-Megler Bridge. It boasts being the longest continuous cantilever through-truss bridge in the world. (If you have to look some of those terms up, don't feel bad – so did we. :) ) Suffice it to say that it's long and seemingly a bit of an engineering feat, if even for its time. In fact, we remarked that the entire Highway 101 journey would actually be one heck of a paradise for bridge / engineering enthusiasts as it's riddled with towering and helluva long water-body-crossing structures from one end to the other.

Fort Stevens State Park – just a few kms from Astoria – is nestled up in the northwestern corner of Oregon and we made it our home for our first night in the state. It marks an important historical site for the US as it was the first permanent American settlement west of the Mississippi (by white people, that is...). We had a bit of rain on arrival, but that didn't deter the recently converted walking enthusiasts; we donned our rain jackets and hit the trail to the beach to have a look at the remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck right away. Walking in the rain is now an agreed activity option among our little group – it was so fun! The next morning, however, was what really surprised me: Mom and Auntie Pollyann agreed to get up at 06h00 (that's 6 AM for those of you who don't like the 24-hour clock system – and the “AM” is important here...) in order to do the 2.6 mile walk around Coffenbury Lake with me! It was a bit soggy and we were the only ones out there apart from the fishermen... but it was still a lovely way to start the day.
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