Monday, July 20, 2015

July 1, 2015 Seal Rock Beach to Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond, Oregon, 142 miles

Mark at Seal Rock State Beach, Oregon

What a glorious morning! By 6:00 the sun was peeking over the hill. The beach was glorious at 6:30, it was interesting what the tide had washed in over night.

Bipuss now?

I wish I could take my coffee and walk on the beach before breakfast every morning. We had planned our trip by the minus tide, and we certainly had it at Seal Rock Beach! 

By the time we were showered and on the road at 9:30 the fog had returned.

Things to love about Seal Rock Cove RV park :
2 minute walk to the beach from campsite.
Site 8 with hook ups and a wind block.
Site 10 looks pretty nice too.
The tide pools at low tide in the morning.

About 3 minutes down the road we found the sun again for a few miles. Seems like this mornings drive will be a game of hide and seek with the sun and the fog.

Mural on side of Latimer Quilt Center

We stopped in Tillamook at the Latimer Quilt Center.  When we visited last summer they had an impressive show by a world famous quilt maker, so we decide to see what this summer's show was.  The show was nothing as impressive as last year, but we still enjoyed looking at all the handcrafts they had on display.  It is one of two quilting centers on the west coast.  It seems all the northern towns have wonderful quilt shops, must be the cold winters that keep them inside quilting. 

This gorgeous rose was out front. The had them potted up for sale for $5.00, had we been on our way home I would have been tempted to carry it home, not for 2 ½ more weeks though.

We had lunch at Acadia State Park over looking the south end of Cannon Beach

Acadia State Park looking toward Cannon Beach

and spent about 45 minutes wandering the town of Cannon Beach.


There was quite a traffic jam as we got closer to Astoria. We turned off 101 onto 104 which took us through the town of Warrington, where we stopped at the Warrington Deep Sea Fish Store and bought some fresh steel head salmon for dinner.

Battery Pratt

South Jetty looking south

South Jetty looking north

We arrived at Fort Stevens State Park around 3 and explored the park's beaches and bunkers. The fort was operational from the Civil War until after World War II.  It's quit a large park having over 300 camp sites with electrical hook-ups, by the time they add 100 more campsites it will be the largest State Park west of the Mississippi.  

Loop M Fort Stevens State Park

The camping accommodations were so so, pretty close to our neighbors.  We met them as soon as they pulled back into their site.  Chatty couple from Pendelton, Oregon who were visiting a son in Astoria.  They offered to give us all their mosquito candles when we left, we felt awkward taking them and said, "No thanks", couldn't burn them when we really needed them anyway!

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