We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.
— Henry David Thoreau
See Part 1 here.
So sorry for the epic delay in posting this (big news – more later – and the holidays and laziness conspired). There will be at least one more part (which should not take me 20 more days to post), and then I’m calling it quits on the Reverb10 posts.
So. After we left Mount Saint Helens, we headed down into Oregon. We stopped for dinner in Astoria (but didn’t see where Goonies was filmed) and headed to our hotel. The next morning dawned gray and rainy. My first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean looked like this:
No matter. We braved the driving wind and rain to walk into the ocean and down to Haystack Rock:
On the way back to the car, I saw these gorgeous hydrangeas:
After we dried off and had breakfast, we headed down the coast. We stopped in Tillamook to tour the cheese factory (I was in heaven) and try some samples. Yum. We took our time driving, stopping whenever the we saw something we wanted to see better, like Devil’s Churn:
Eventually, the sun came back out, and it was a glorious day on the coast. This is Port Orford:
The place where we stopped to take this picture had this amazing mosaic-ed wall:
From there, we made our way to Arch Rock (I was continually amazed at how different the coast was from the parts of the East Coast with which I am familiar – what a wonderful country we live in!):
We stopped for dinner just before heading into California, and we drove through the Redwoods on the way to our hotel in Eureka. That’s for Part 3 (among other things) – stay tuned!