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... Odd to see a French named town in Oregon. So I did a little research on Google....Lafayette was founded in 1847 by Joel Perkins, an early pioneer to the Oregon Territory. Lafayette was situated on the main Indian trail that traversed the Willamette Valley at a point on the Yamhill River known for years as Yamhill Falls. The town grew slowly at first, but grew by leaps and bounds after gold was discovered in California. In the early 1850's, ...
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Then we were on the road again....to Lincoln City and the Oregon Coast! We arrived at the Devil's Lake State Park in Lincoln City just in time to set up camp and head back into town for some delicious seafood. Being so close to the ocean, I just had to run and splash and play.
When we returned to our campsite, we found the invasion of the slugs!
(Posting/catching up on June 30th - Happy Birthday, Mom!)
... About 40 minutes later, we decided to give it a rest and head over to see fireworks. There was supposed to be a big Fourth of July celebration in Depoe Bay, but the federal government, hours before they were set to go down, forced Depoe Bay to give up it's twenty year tradition in fear that it might be upset animals offshore. The law against fireworks was 94 years old and this was the year that they chose to enforce it.
Leaving the wine country behind us we continue north driving the Highway 101. This is redwood country and the trees dominate the roadside and intimidate the drivers - well they did me. The Avenue of the Giants winds through the trees for 30 miles.
We stopped for the night at Eureka where the weather has changed and the temperature ...
... In this area it is quite cool because a short walk from the Information Centre we made it to the tidepools, which we could walk out onto and explore. Unfortunately also washed up on shore was a seal, apparently having been there for weeks, not looking the greatest, nor smelling the freshest : ( Alas, it was quite cool to wander the shores and take in the (other) scenery. Plus there were heaps of seals about on ...