Week 4: The Northern Oregon Coast

Week 4: The Northern Oregon Coast

Greetings from Seattle! I'm about one month behind on blogging updates - I've been having the most wonderful time and now that I have some solid Internet connection, I would love to share. After leaving Portland, I headed west to Tillamook to being exploring the Oregon Coast.

  Blue Heron French Cheese Company:  A lot less crowded than its famous neighbor (Tillamook Cheese Company), Blue Heron has goats and amazing blue cheese to sample! 5/5 stars. 

Blue Heron French Cheese Company: A lot less crowded than its famous neighbor (Tillamook Cheese Company), Blue Heron has goats and amazing blue cheese to sample! 5/5 stars. 

The above photos (if you click on them, you can see them all!) are all from Cape Lookout State Park, where I stayed for two nights. It was simply gorgeous - my campsite was just feet away from the ocean and the park had miles of trails that went through the forests and out along the ocean. Ideal for sunset watching. 

  Oswald West State Park:  The coast of Northern Oregon is lined with state parks. The coolest part about the hikes in these parks is the range in geography - for this one, I walked down to the beach, along the coast, through meadows of wildflowers, old-growth forests, and eventually to the top of a mountain.

Oswald West State Park: The coast of Northern Oregon is lined with state parks. The coolest part about the hikes in these parks is the range in geography - for this one, I walked down to the beach, along the coast, through meadows of wildflowers, old-growth forests, and eventually to the top of a mountain.

  Cannon Beach:  This sleepy little beach town is known for its famous Haystack Rocks and is the perfect getaway spot. The town strictly enforces regulations that limit large chains and restaurants and, instead, residents and visitors support local businesses and cafes.  

Cannon Beach: This sleepy little beach town is known for its famous Haystack Rocks and is the perfect getaway spot. The town strictly enforces regulations that limit large chains and restaurants and, instead, residents and visitors support local businesses and cafes.  

After exploring the downtown of Cannon Beach, I parked my car and took the bus to Seaside. From the bus stop in Seaside, I walked west to reach Tillamook Head - the northern point of Ecola State Park. Six miles of the Oregon Coast Trail run through the park, making for a perfect one-night backpacking trip. Four miles are cabins where you can camp for free (I chose to sleep in my tent to avoid any possibility of sharing the space with local rats! You can see that was a good decision by how big my smile is in the cover photo for this post). The rest of the trail runs through beaches and finishes where I had conveniently parked my car the day before. I hopped in and quickly drove to Astoria to get the best fish and chips I've ever had. 

  Bowpicker Fish & Chips:  A food highlight of this trip so far, Bowpicker makes their fish and chips out of freshly caught local tuna. They have a little food truck that usually has a minimum of a half-hour wait, regardless of what time of the day you get there. The wait is completely worth it. A delicious  way to end my time in Oregon. 

Bowpicker Fish & Chips: A food highlight of this trip so far, Bowpicker makes their fish and chips out of freshly caught local tuna. They have a little food truck that usually has a minimum of a half-hour wait, regardless of what time of the day you get there. The wait is completely worth it. A delicious  way to end my time in Oregon. 

The Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula

Reflections on... Week 3.

Reflections on... Week 3.