Seaside to Coos Bay

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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Motel 6 Coos Bay
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Friday, May 18, 2012

The odd thing about retracing your steps after only 5 days is that whilst the place names you travel through have a ring of familiarity, it all looks very different because you are traveling in the other direction! And so we departed Seaside in the cool (10℃) under cloudy skies and began our trek south through the beautiful State of Oregon.

 The first couple of hours felt like treading water as we drove without seemingly making any progress. After a sandwich things improved and the scenery treated us to stunning vista after vista. We particularly liked Heceta Bay with its stunning views from Heceta Head. We stopped by the Darlingtonia Wayside - the dunes that back onto the beach and sometimes spill onto the highway! 
The picture of the North Bend bridge is typical of the bridges that span the many rivers along the coast to carry US 101 northwards/southwards. American traffic signs are stark and to the point. Yesterday we passed “Littering will be painful - minimum fine $381” as you cross these bridges there is the admonition “Historic Bridge - drive with care” as though any other kind of driving will bring it crashing down! Most of them seem to be from the 1920/30’s as they sport art-deco pillars at either end - even if they’ve been completely modernised and replaced by 1970’s concrete!

We reacquainted ourselves with the Motel 6 in Coos Bay before heading Downtown to find somewhere to eat. We settled on the Coney Station and watched a Baseball game as we munched our way through Clam Chowder and Ling Cod Battered Fish & Chips - all washed down with the local micro-brew for a total of 14!!!!! Great value-for-money.

We then headed for Coos Bay itself in search of lighthouses and the beach. We were more successful in finding the latter and enjoyed a couple of walks along the beach to view the setting sun. We ended up at Cape Arago but there was a bank of cloud on the horizon and as the sun sank behind it the sunset kind of fizzled out. Just offshore there was a rocky ledge populated by hundreds of seals or possibly sea lions. It’s calving season and noise this lot made with their incessant calling carried clearly across the sea. It was a great place to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.

Hopefully tomorrow the good weather will continue as we head for Eureka!
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