Day 10: Roseburg to Porland, Oregon

Trip Start Jul 29, 2007
Trip End Aug 18, 2007

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Day 10: Roseburg to Portland, Oregon
Blog alert: we were w/o an internet connection last night, sorry for the delay. All is fine. Might be a little dicey tonight as well, but we'll update asap.

Miles covered: 295
Abby meltdowns: 2. The teething was a little run on her lately...c'mon tooth break through!
Highlights: Oregon Dunes; seeing the Pacific; seeing Suzanne & Sean
Nat'l Parks stamps: none (oh no!)

We awoke in Roseburg without set plans other than making it to Portland for a stay with our friends Sean and Suzanne. (ex-DCers who moved out here a couple of years ago - and love it. We miss them, but now have a place to stay in Portland.)

Our journey wouldn't feel complete if we didn't reach the Pacific. So we set out from Roseburg for the shore. Our route followed the picturesque Umpqua River (or as we called it the Umpalumpa) to Reedsport. In a notable wildlife spotting update, we came across a herd of elk at Deans Creek. They are "Roosevelt Elks," Oregon's largest land animal. Of course, it appears that the herd pretty much hangs out there along the highway 24/7 (the state park sign read "watchable wildlife"), so it wasn't the most natural of experiences, but we saw plenty of elk.

From Reedsport, we turned north and stopped twice in Oregon Dunes Nat'l Recreation Area (run by USFS not the NPS; thus no stamp). This is not the typical picture of the Oregon coast you might have in your mind, but impressive still. This is where Abby got her first glimpse of the Pacific. The dunes were massive, as we found out when we hiked over one to the beach. Two steps forward, slide back. But on the other side, a glorious, expansive beach. As you might expect the water was COLD (it was misting as the cold water hit the hot beach), so nothing more than a quick touch for us. Abby thought the Pacific was pretty...but the water was too cold for her.

As we drove north from the dunes on the Oregon Coast Highway (101), the road became twisty as we drove along cliffs and rock formations. We stopped for a look at Cape Perpetua and shortly after that, at Newport, headed easy towards Salem.

At Salem, we had a look at the Oregon state capitol - definitely the most distinctive capitol we've seen on the trip. Paul labeled it "the capitol of the future." No traditional dome here; definitely a star wars look to it.

Then we arrived in Portland at our friend's house. It was great to see them and they are the best hosts to give us clean sheets a home cooked dinner and warm hospitality!

We will update more once we start our return trip East.
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