The Oregon Coast October 2016

Sue and I spent the past week on the coast of Oregon. Sue had had some recent surgeries, that have curtailed our travel plans for the past year. Happily, that seems behind us and this is our first small trip.

We also are experimenting with an Adobe program called Spark which might become a way for us to share photos and comments during our travels.

A cargo ship is entering the mouth of the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon

It did rain for the first few days of our trip, but after all, this is Oregon

Astoria is a fun place to visit. It has lots of small shops and many excellent fish restaurants. We spent two days here and rode the trolley up and down the river.

The old pilings have wonderful plant and animal life

Perched on a hill above the town is a 200 foot tall monolith called Astor Column. It depicts the history of the European settlers arrival and early exploration of the valley. Lewis and Clark ended their transcontinental journey near here.

The view of the surrounding valley is incredible.

Our next stop was further down the Oregon coast. We spent three days in Cannon Beach where the scenery is coastal, the waves more pronounced and the shore is alternately sandy and rocky. This is a dangerous place for boats to be near the coast and many a wreck lies just off shore.

A prominent landmark on this stretch of coast is Haystack rock.

We also enjoyed the smaller things in the tidepools. However, We were surprised to learn that a virus has greatly reduced the star fish, urchin and sand dollar populations from Alaska to California.

And a lovely canyon that we accessed by choosing the right time for the tide to be out at Hug Point. Hugging the cliff to get there is no doubt the inspiration for the name

But like all good things, we ran out of time and the weather turned rainy. So we are headed back to Boise to re-enter our more ordinary lives.

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