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Friday, September 24, 2010

A Coastal Experience

by Katie

Well, we made it through Washington without too much rain and arrived in Hood River where our good friends Ben and Jenn Ketler welcomed us in despite the fact that we were dripping wet. We spent the weekend exploring Hood River and Ben and Jenn took very good care of us by taking us to local breweries, ice cream shops, hiking, and letting us explode all over their living room. It's always a good respite for us to spend a couple days in the company of such good friends.

Hiking Eagle Creek.

We left Hood River in hopes of reaching the coast that same day.The weather, not wanting us to miss out on a true Pacific Northwest experience, rained on us the entire day, until we finally reached Lincoln City. We splurged on a hotel room in Lincoln City to dry out and warm up. This is where our true coastal experience began. We went for a run on the beach that morning, saw a gray whale in the bay directly below us, watched some surfers brave the cold waters of the Oregon coast, and played in the costal sand dunes.

Playing in the sand dunes.

Yaquina Head lighthouse.

And then we hit California. Sunny California. And it lived up to its reputation. We hit California and sun came out. Driving through Redwoods National Park and Humboldt State Park we got to experience the beauty of the Redwoods. Trinidad beach state park called to us from Highway 101 and we spent an hour with our feet in the sand and the sun on our faces.

Doing the tourist thing in the Redwoods.

Mike giving us the local road beta.

Many blessings to Mike and Michelle who answered our plea for help on Adventure Rider for a backyard to camp in and a battery charger for my depleted motorcycle battery. Mike, being a California local gave us invaluable map and road beta so that we don't inadvertently end up in 80 mph bumper-to-bumper traffic in the Bay area. We are headed for Santa Cruz--to soak up more sun and meet up with BJ and Lacy again.
Until next time...

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