Aug 29, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
De wanted to stop to eat and pick up a fresh berry pie but nobody else was hungry so this was voted down
. We drove through Manzanita, looking at all the pretty shops and restaurants, crossed the Nehalem River and around the Bay. The highway took us through the small town of Wheeler then Rockaway Beach, with its quaint narrow homes and shops lining the street with flags flying out front. We passed a couple of lakes then arrived at the town of Garibaldi. A huge "G" stands out on the hill above the town, simulating Hollywood in a small town fashion. The town itself is long and narrow with train tracks running parallel. Near the beginning of town was a Myrtle wood store and at the end of town was a massive abandoned smokestack, growing foliage out of the top like a mop of green hair on a stickman. Leaving Garibaldi we next came to Bay City with lots of homes on the hill.
We next stopped at Nehalem Bay Viewpoint where we could look down on the town of Manzanita. Not really on our plan for the day, it looked so pretty from the viewpoint we decided to check it out. We weren't at all disappointed; it was a beautifully clean little town with character houses and a gorgeous sandy beach. There was so much going on here, people were riding horses down the beach, or rather standing around with them since it looked as though one rider wasn’t faring too well. There were funny little 3 wheelers that were being piloted all over the sands, zooming in circles and around each other; it looked like a whole lot of fun! Dawn figured out how to use the timer on her camera so she set it up and we posed, and posed, and posed – no one knew how long it was set for or when we could move!