We decided not to park the condo-on-wheels at the Oregon Coast this year, but we took a day-trip last week, just to make sure the ocean was still there. To no surprise it was -- and it has been doing quite well without us!
The first year we moved to Springfield (in 1971), our family spent at least one weekend on the Coast every month of the year. After that, we took frequent camping trips all up and down the Coast Highway. Later, when the kids were grown, Bill and I would often go for a weekend and stay in rented cottages or in motels. We stayed on the Central Coast most often, because it was closest to Springfield. I think we've stayed in every campground and almost every motel between Waldport and Florence.
After all those years and annual visits since we sold the house, the Oregon Coast is still a favorite destination. I can't imagine ever getting tired of it.
On the way to the ocean this time, we stopped at Alsea Falls near the headwaters of its river. We kind of collect waterfalls (it's a hobby that works well for RVers). Alsea is a particular favorite. This time of the year, the water flow is at the lowest, but it was still beautiful. I like the broad expanse of the cascading water and the flat rocks that are fun to clamber on right up to the bottom of the falls. The surrounding woods are lovely too, with good walking trails.
A last look at Alsea Falls, through the trees on the way up the trail:
This trip is just one of many ways to get from the Eugene area to the Oregon Coast. And the pictures below were taken from just one short roadside stop along Highway 101, the Coast Highway. There are dozens of equally beautiful places to stop and hike.
This is a sea geyser. Pounding waves widened a fracture in the rocks making a cave. A hole formed in the roof and formed the geyser, which is called the "Spouting Horn."