Day 3 - Seaview to Yachats

Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
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Trip End Sep 15, 2012


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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Sunday, September 2, 2012

Miles today: 173 miles
Total miles: 563 miles

Neil woke with a bad back this morning and blamed it on the bed at the Shelburne Inn Hotel. However as he had called the hotel 'creepy' the night before it was only to be deserved. Later he blamed it on our hire car. Which now has the nickname of the 'backbreaker'.

Before we left Long Beach we went out to see some of the local attractions. It's a bit like a very large Burnham-on-Sea. We visited Marsh's Free Museum and found the Jake the Alligator man and the world's largest frying pan. Although this pan was a replica apparently there really was a pan this size made in the 1940s for a huge shellfish frying breakfast.

Then we left long beach and drove on southwards and crossed the border to Oregon State. Fabulous coastal views all day. Long deserted beaches and blue seas on our right, and forests of trees on the left.  It was like this for the next 100 miles.

This was a Sunday and the last day of the Labour Day holiday here. Schools go back on Tuesday so everyone was out on the road enjoying the last bit of the holiday before going back to school. We turned off the 101 to visit Cannon Beach which we had read a lot about - though the holiday makers made this more of an ordeal than it should have been - no parking and a 45 minute traffic jam to get in to the town. A bit like St Austell in Cornwall. Big beach and very windy so everyone out flying kites which seems a big thing out here. We saw both horses and dogs on the beach. Which probably wouldn't be allowed on UK beaches in the summer.

Then on to a place called Yachats which is where we were to stay the night - Oregon House. We had booked a 'townhouse' here which essentially was half a small house with a living room / kitchen upstairs and a bedroom downstairs. Set just off the main road in a wooded area that led down to the beach. So we had some nice sunset pictures and the beach to ourselves. Explored some rockpools and found some rocks covered with mussels and shellfish. We probably had 2 square miles of beach to ourselves that evening.

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