When we got to Olympia (about 25 miles south of here) Bob pulled off the freeway and into a gas station to get the tank filled. This very first fill up was at $3.60 a gallon. (We certainly saw that figure fluctuate during our trip.)
We continued down Interstate 5 until we reached Longview, WA. We drove thru town heading for the "big bridge" that goes over the Columbia River, into Oregon. There was a very light rain falling, really more like a mist. Heading west on Oregon's Highway 30 we notice that some of the leaves on the trees were just beginning to show a hint of fall color. We drove thru Astoria (Oh, how I love that town) and soon were are heading south on Highway 101. We'll be on 101 now all the way into southern California. We pull off and drive into Seaside. Stopping to walk around in their Carousel Mall, then past Cannon Beach and eventually reach Nehalem Bay Oregon State Campground. We picked our site, fixed something to eat and settle in for our first evening on the road.
Crossing the bridge between Longview, WA and Rainier, Oregon.
Looking back to where we just came from. That's Washington state in the back ground. Separated from Oregon by the Columbia River.
There's a lot of big freighter's that come up and down the Columbia in this area.
In the distance, the next "big" bridge that goes over Young's Bay there in Astoria. This body of water leads out to the Pacific Ocean. This used to be a toll bridge but they took the toll off several years ago. Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. It's a great town & I love to go there. There's all sorts of neat shops and a wonderful Maritime Museum in Astoria.
At the turn around in Seaside, OR. A statue of Lewis and Clark. The Oregon coast is reported to be the end of their trek.
This is a photo of the Seaside turnaround that I borrowed from Google. It's fun to walk out there and watch the cars come & go and look out at the beach and of course the Pacific ocean.
At the Carousel Mall in Seaside.
Stopping along Highway 101 at one of the many view points.
Entering Nehalem Bay Oregon State Campground.
Bob has to have a campfire if we're in a campground. There was only one night coming back that the weather was a little ugly and he didn't build a fire. He can sit out there for hours, listening to his tunes.
The Oregon State campgrounds are all very nice. Most of them require reservations during the summer season but if you're traveling during the "off" season there's not usually a problem getting a spot. In every campground both heading south and then coming home, there were never more than a dozen campers. Very nice, as you get your pick of the best spots. They all have nice facilities including free showers. In California~you'd better have a fist full of quarters if you want a hot shower.