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June 21, 2019

A bit of the Oregon Coast - Road Trip 2019

We find ourselves again traveling the beautiful Oregon Coast south-to-north. The viewpoints, turnouts and all of the beach trails are easily available for those traveling south.  Next year we have to plan our summer loop counter-clockwise.
Mike and Deb of Trekking With the Bs are volunteering at parks all along western Oregon.  Deb has assisted with my planning and can offer insights to anyone contemplating this trip.
We arrived in Brookings with a near empty gas tank.  Yea – diesel here is nearly a dollar less per gallon!
Typical trail along the coastal corridor
The Oregon Coast Hiway, US 101, is named the ”State Scenic Corridor” for good reasons.
Natural Bridges
Natural Bridges
The parking at Thunder Rock was more RV friendly than the lot at Natural Bridges. The view point loop trail from Thunder Rock also includes views of the Natural Bridges.
Thunder Rock
Just lots of beautiful beaches along the way.

The Oregon coast guide mentioned the “little known” park at Floras Lake.  It is not little known to the kite boarding community!  Friends Tony and Nancy, from San Diego, are on there way here.  Yup - they are here for the wind.
Floras  Lake
The ocean at Floras Lake is made up of coarse black volcanic sand. 
Ocean beach at Floras Lake
Many more stops for views along the coast, mostly or the views 
Which become large sand beaches … and morning fog!
Our site at Tilicum Beach
Foggy morning
The fog did burn off early making for nice walk.  This beach is huge, it’s easy walking without the crowds common on our SoCal beaches.
Tillicum Beach

Face Rock is an RV friendly stop, with trails leading down to the beach.
Face Rock

We decided to cross the Columbia River via the Westport Ferry, something different and fun.  It’s a short ride but worth the $12 (up to 30’) for the experience.
Waiting for Westport Ferry
Here it comes
and we're aboard
Goodbye Oregon
We certainly enjoyed our brief visit to Oregon.  We’ll next spend time with family in the Evergreen State.


  1. Sure sounds like a wonderful drive and the scenery amazing, thanks for all the great pictures, Would those roads be suitable for our 36 foot gas powered coach towing our car? Steep hills etc..

    1. You'll have no problems, once you select a route to the coast. Be great if you have the time as http://trekkingwiththebs.blogspot.com/ where you can set up a base camp and use the toad to explore.

    2. Thanks for the reply hope we can get there some day would to see it in person.

  2. AnonymousJune 21, 2019

    Beautiful photos Jeff. This is a trip that is on the bucket list. We got a little snip-it of the northwest coast last year when we visited Washington. Gay

    1. Bring Pearl and enjoy some of the trails too! Having lived in WA for 20 years I may be a bit prejudiced, but I believe the WA coast to be more scenic, but not nearly as accessible.

  3. You hit some great stops but I am going to have to check that ferry. I love Washington ferry system too.

    1. The funky little ferry can be done as a day trip out of Astoria or Portland. But it's just a fun change to the Astoria Bridge or the Portland Traffic.

  4. Yep there is no beauty like the Oregon Coast...

    1. Always a great visit. Saw ‘crab PoBoy offered and thought of your travel along the Gulf Coast

  5. LOVE the Oregon coast, driving north to south preferably. Between you and Jodee I am being teased and want to take a fall trip to the PNW.

    1. Do IT! The PNW counter-clockwise would be a perfect entrance to the North end of the OR Coast. We're talking that loop too! :)


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