(April 4, 2018)
Highway 101 continues north and ends in Lund, BC. The vistas in Oregon are unmatched. Although the highway mostly hugs the coast, the curves are gentler, and the views are more spectacular than in California. Also, Oregon provides plenty of turn offs with parking and little paths to the beach or lookouts. Dogs are allowed on their trails and even some beaches. I knew I’d love Oregon, but I didn’t know how much. This state is incredibly gorgeous, and RV & dog-friendly.
Also, along the coast, you won’t find very many chain stores and restaurants. The citizens support mom-and-pop shops. It’s very refreshing. We had lunch at The Crazy Norwegian’s Fish & Chips in Port Orford. Their motto is “Cod is my Co-Pilot.” There were lots of quirky sayings inside, like “You won’t die from eating lutefisk; you’ll just smell that way.” The fish was cooked to perfection! No, we didn’t have lutefisk, but I’d give it a try.
We camped at another casino parking lot. Thankfully, there are just frogs keeping us company here. The casino lets us go in to use their lounge and wifi.
(April 5, 2018)
We continued our drive on the coast, but we can definitely tell that we are heading north. The rain has started, and it is getting chillier.
Devil’s Churn would be amazing to see at high-tide. The waves have been crashing into the rock and creating a chasm. It was low-tide when we were there, but still fantastic to see.
Nearing Tillamook (Where did the hills go?)
We took the detour to Tillamook, OR to see the cheese factory, but there were just temporary displays (they are building a new facility) and hoards of people. We didn’t sample any of the cheeses because we saw many dirty little hands touching the samples in the “cheese buffet” line-up.
Tomorrow, we are heading to Portland (Portlandia!) to visit our friends George and Monica, whom we met back in 2014 in Europe. Can’t wait!