|Deer walking nonchalantly through the busy state park campground.|
|Our neighbors left their trash hanging on a tree one night, |
the next morning we scared several coyotes away from the trash now strewn all around the tree.
|The peaceful forest right behind our site was perfect for Rosie.|
Even though Oregon state parks are extremely popular and very busy, we still love the fact that there are always trails right from the campground. A morning walk around the spit dividing Nehalem Bay from the ocean gave us solitude and beauty without having to drive at all.
|Low tide along Nehalem Bay.|
|Nehalem Bay channel.|
|Horses on Nehalem Beach.|
Oswald West State Park lies just a few miles north of Nehalem Bay State Park and offers several miles of trails along stunning coastline through typical lush coastal rain forest. We hiked the lovely Cape Falcon trail, happy that conditions were dry...the last time we hiked here it was wet and slippery.
|Morning reflections on Short Sand Beach.|
|Shoreline view from Cape Falcon.|
|View from highway 101 towards Manzanita, OR and Nehalem Bay.|
When the weekend arrived we moved north to Circle Creek RV Park just outside Seaside, OR. Little did we know when planning our stops for the summer that the Hood To Coast Relay was happening this particular weekend. Seaside, OR is the finish line for this very popular event and tens of thousands of people would descend on this small beach town over the weekend.
Our RV park was full, but being on the outskirts of town was just outside the edge of the high traffic zone. If the park had any trails it would have been perfect, but fortunately we found a couple of trails to hike that took us away from the craziness of town.
We hiked a 2.5 mile loop at nearby Ecola State Park along with a walk on Indian Beach. The loop trail is a segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and leads to a fantastic view of decommissioned Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Indian Beach is a very popular place on beautiful summer weekends...arrive early to snag a parking spot!
|An old military battery near the Tillamook Light viewpoint.|
|Oyster mushrooms look like roses growing on an old tree stump.|
|Tillamook Rock Light (1881 - 1957) sits 1.2 miles off Tillamook Head.|
|Nicknamed "Terrible Tilly" due to the erratic weather conditions and treacherous commute.|
|Currently privately owned, the structure was once a columbarium...a respectful public storage place for cremains.|
We did venture into Seaside for a couple of walks. The town has a lovely 1.5 mile ocean front promenade and an old timey beach town atmosphere (before the relay participants overrun the area!).
|Classic carnival rides including Tilt-A-Whirl and bumper cars.|
|Morning calm along the Necanicum River as it flows through Seaside, OR.|
Saddle Mountain trail is a popular hike due to its proximity to both Portland and the coast. This 5.2 mile out and back trail climbs 1,600 feet to expansive views atop a basalt formation. On a clear day distant snowy peaks are supposed to be visible...unfortunately smoke haze limited our views. Thank goodness we arrived at the trailhead by 9am...this really is a popular trail!
|A unique formation about halfway up the trail.|
|We can see Astoria and the Columbia River from the top.|
Next up: our final stop along the Oregon coast for this summer...