Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cape Tour

Today's adventure is the 3 Capes Scenic Drive, a spectacular tour of more of this beautiful Oregon coast. Our first stop is Cape Meares, which offers an easy trail along dramatic cliffs, further enhanced this morning by the fog that has yet to burn off. At points we can barely see more than a foot ahead of us and then the shoreline peeks through in all its splendor. A breathtaking sight!

Another trail further in takes us through some beautiful sitka trees, providing neck breaking gapes upward as we marvel at the grandeur of these magnificent treasures. The legendary Octupus tree and one of the largest spruce trees are both incredible sights along this route. A beautiful wake up for the start of our day!

As we continue our drive, suddenly the canopy drive opens up and desert sand dunes are present, evergreens dotting the landscape. It is such a contrast from our early morning views, all the more beautiful as we witness such diverse scenery within such a short distance. The beauty of Oregon increasing with every turn.

A picnic at Cape Lookout gives us a very pretty spot to watch agate seekers and enjoy a lunch of baked fried chicken, broccoli salad and cole slaw we've picked up the night before from our little village food market. It's delicious and while we are still bundled as the sun has yet to make an appearance, the food definitely warms and the quaint picnic spot and beautiful view provide the most perfect mid-day break.

Cape Kiwanda is the final stop on our tour, and the fog has finally cleared enough for us to get a pretty clear view. And, what a view it is. A lone seal welcomes us to the cliff's dune as we explore the nooks of this pretty place.

Families set up cozy sitting areas while their kids enjoy the climb and slide of the dune. It's quite a sight. We are especially amazed as the boaters speed right onto the beach to exit the water - no need for boat launching ramps here evidently!

Venturing off the beaten track after our cape tour, we find a beautiful waterfall at the end of a very pretty trail. An easy hike leads us through a lush forest and along a babbling brook culminating at the lovely waterfall. It seems a most fitting end to such a special day. The contrast of rich green and foggy cliffs is an amazing sight to behold. We are loving this beautiful state of Oregon!

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