Days 76 & 77: Oregon coast
Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
38Trip End Sep 27, 2008
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We hit the Pacific Ocean at Cannon Beach, a charming seaside village that was overrun with Sunday revelers from Portland, but we eventually found a parking spot & table, and enjoyed the first fish & chips meal we can remember having in the US. It was a beautiful afternoon as we set off on Highway 101, and at times a thin strip of road that followed the coastline even more closely, and we felt a welcome return to the West coast of America.
The kids were unimpressed with our decision to drive until we found the perfect lodging for the night - they like to be able to see the flag on the GPS and count the minutes to our arrival - often starting at about 240 minutes. I wouldn't say we found the perfect lodging, but it had onsite dining and an indoor pool, so it satisfied two of our criteria and made the kids deliriously happy.
Unfortunately the next day was a foggy start, and it stayed with us all day, blocking us from seeing anything other than the road ahead. We hiked a trail to Heceta Lighthouse which we couldn't see from the bottom of the hill, and once we got all three kids to the top, couldn't see a thing from the lighthouse either. Instead of hanging around for a clearer day, we decided to just imagine that the famed Oregon coastline is much the same as the Californian coastline, and we continued southward. Despite stopping a number of times to take a photo (of fog), we made it as far south as the California border, settling into a cabin deep among the Redwoods which seemed like an enchanted forest.