The Southern Oregon Coast

Cape Blanco Beach Oregon

We left Reedsport on Saturday, January 6th and continued our journey down the Oregon Coast.  We spent the next three nights at Port Orford’s Cape Blanco State Park.

Cape Blanco State Park – Port Orford, Oregon

Cape Blanco is Oregon’s western most point and spent our time there exploring the beaches, admiring the lighthouse, and poking around Port Orford.  I spent parts of two days fishing the local rivers.

Airstream Cape Blanco

Our Cape Blanco Campsite

GMC Denali HD Sixes River

Checking out one of Oregon’s coastal rivers.

The stark green beauty of the upper Elk River especially blew me away.

Elk River Oregon

On Tuesday January 9th, we said good-bye to Cape Blanco and headed down U.S. 101.  We thought that this section of 101 was the most dramatic of our trip.

Airstream Oregon Coast US 101

Arch Rock Oregon Coast

Harris Beach State Park – Brookings, Oregon

Relatively large by coastal Oregon standards, Brookings is a cool little town situated at the mouth of the Chetco River, about five miles north of the California border.  We initially planned to spend only three or four nights at Harris Beach, but we liked the area and were enjoying ourselves, so we extended our stay and spent six nights at our full hook-up State Park campsite.

Airstream Harris Beach State Park

Harris Beach State Park Campsite

In between Mother Nature’s deluges, we marveled in the area’s natural beauty, hunted the elusive Oregon Coastal Redwood trees, enjoyed a couple great meals in town, wandered among the tide pools, stocked up on necessities at the local Fred Meyer, and fly-fished the Chetco River.

Oregon Coast Boy and Dog

Harris Beach Brookings Oregon

Harris Beach [Brookings, Oregon]

Starfish

Oregon GMC Denali HD

Trying to find the elusive Oregon Coastal Redwoods…

Oregon Redwoods

After 2+ hours and 40+ miles, we finally found the the Oregon Redwoods.

On Monday January 15th, after six straight weeks in Oregon, we crossed the border into California.  Over the past six months we’ve spent 57-days in Oregon and our expectations have been repeatedly confounded.  Somehow, Oregon has worked its way under our skin.  When we lived in Washington we visited Oregon a few times (mostly the Portland area) and generally felt mediocre about our stays.  However, now that we’ve ventured beyond the greater Portland area and explored more of Oregon’s diverse landscapes, we find ourselves with a different attitude.  I suspect that in the future we will add many more days to our Oregon tally scorecard.

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