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USA West Coast Road Trip Part 5

On leaving Portland I head up Mount Hood to visit the Timberline Lodge which was used as the exterior for the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining.

 

0204 Mt Hood 0206 Timberline Hotel at Mt Hood, exterior of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining 0207 Mt Rainer, from Larch Mountain - a great viewpoint where I could see Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson

 

From Mount Hood I head over to Larch Mountain which has a viewing area from which you can see Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson & Mt Rainer (pictured above).

 

0208 View of Columbia River from Crown Point 0209 A quick stop at Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast towards Newport 0210 Beautiful Oregon coast

 

A brief stop at Crown Point on the Columbia River then it’s through Tillamook State Forest to the Oregon Coast Hwy. The coastal scenery is beautiful and, among other places, I stop at Depoe Bay on my way to Newport, staying in a Days Inn ($87 1nght).

 

0211 Beautiful Oregon coast 0212 Yaquina Head Lighthouse near Newport 0213 Seals at Yaquina Head

 

Leaving Newport I head back up the road to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area with its lighthouse and seals.

 

0214 Hiking on the Oregon coast 0215 Hiking at Heceta Head on the Oregon coast 0216 Hiking at Heceta Head on the Oregon coast

 

Heading south again the coastal hwy really hugs the coastline here and it’s stunning. Stop to visit Heceta Head Lighthouse and wander a trail there before continuing on, via the Oregon Dunes, to overnight at Red Lion Hotel ($118 1nght) in Coos Bay.

 

0218 Misty morning on the Oregon coast for the journey south from Coos Bay to Brookings at Shore Acres or Cape Arago SP 0219 Misty morning on the Oregon coast for the journey south from Coos Bay to Brookings at Shore Acres or Cape Arago SP 0220 Some blue sky now on the Oregon coast for the journey south from Coos Bay to Brookings

 

A misty morning on the Oregon coast for the next leg of journey, south from Coos Bay to Brookings, stopping at Sunset Bay State Park & Shore Acres State Park. You don’t have to travel far to escape the mist and it’s beautiful blue skies again!

 

0221 Stop for lunch at Bandon on the Oregon coast, travelling from Coos Bay to Brookings 0222 Stop for lunch at Bandon on the Oregon coast, travelling from Coos Bay to Brookings. I didn't eat here but did have some very tasty scampi and chips 0223 Visibility changes so quickly here on the coast, Face Rock viewpoint in Bandon after lunch is shrouded in mist

 

The lunch stop is in Bandon for some delish scampi & chips. There’s no escaping the mist today as I stop to view Face Rock, just off the coast at Bandon.

 

0224 The Oregon coast has many lovely state parks for a bit of hiking and to take in the beautiful scenery 0226 The Oregon coast has many lovely state parks for a bit of hiking and to take in the beautiful scenery 0228 The Oregon coast has many lovely state parks for a bit of hiking and to take in the beautiful scenery

 

Continuing down the coast from Bandon to Brookings this stretch of the Oregon coast is littered with state parks to explore and stunning scenery and beaches to wander.

 

0229 The Oregon coast has many lovely state parks for a bit of hiking and to take in the beautiful scenery 0230 Samuel H Boardman SP near Brookings 0231 Samuel H Boardman SP near Brookings

 

Approaching Brookings, Samuel H Boardman State Park is a wonderful stop for walking, among the various sea stacks off the coast there is a great arch that has been created by the ocean. A great cheap motel in Brookings, Blue Coast Inn & Suites ($139, 2nghts) is the next stopover.

 

0233 Back to Samuel H Boardman SP today, near Brookings 0234 Hiking in Samuel H Boardman SP, huge sand dunes separated from the Pacific by the rocky coast 0236 Hiking in Samuel H Boardman SP, huge sand dunes separated from the Pacific by the rocky coast

 

Samuel H Boardman State Park, named in honour of the first Oregon Parks superintendent also contains a huge sand dune that’s separated from the ocean by the steep rocky coastline.

 

0237 Late afternoon at Harris Beach SP at Brookings 0240 Sitting on the grass, reading my kindle, and watching the sunset in Harris Beach SP 0241 Sitting on the grass, reading my kindle, and watching the sunset in Harris Beach SP

 

Harris Beach State Park, at Brookings, is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. After wandering along the beach, climbing over driftwood and wandering the coastal cliffs I settle down on the grass with many other people, at this popular sunset spot, to read my kindle and watch the changing colours of the sky as the sun drop into the Pacific Ocean.

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