We set off again the next morning for more of the same...dramatic coastlines and brewery sampler trays for Mike. Seal Rock Recreation Area was our first stop before Sea Lion Caves
. Then we pulled into Newport for lunch. Rogue Ales original location was a must-do on Mike's list, and he was especially delighted with their Chocolate Porter. We spent the afternoon further exploring the coast including pop-ins at Boiler Bay State Park and Ecola State Park, which was particularly beautiful. Just shy of Astoria, we pulled into Fort Stephens State Park and picked out a campground for the night. We set everything up then headed into Astoria for dinner at Fort George Brewery (since Mike is the beer connoisseur, I am encouraging him to write up a blog at the end of the trip summarizing his brewery thoughts). As we returned from Fort George brewery to our campground, we decided to pop over to the park’s beach to check out a 100 year old shipwreck. We got there just in time to watch the sun set behind the ancient relic. And on the very short trip back to camp, I even let Mike pop open a beer in the car.
After leaving Redwoods National Park, we spent a day and a half driving up the coast of Oregon. The coastline is absolutely stunning, although I feel we did little more than pull over to pop put for a longer peaks and quick photos. We first stopped at several of the vistas in Samuel Boardman State Park before eating a late lunch at Wild River Pizza and Brewery. We continued up the coast popping over to Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint for some more breath-taking views. That first night we camped at Sunset Bay State Park which allowed us to easily explore Shore Acres State Park and Cape Arago State Park. Shore Acres Park contains a lovely botanical garden as well as gorgeous views of the coast. It was wonderful to slow down at the end of the day in take in the scenery.