Summertime in Portland can’t be beat. The sun is always shining, the skies are blue, and the nature is magnificent. A friend and I decided to take advantage of the great weather and a free weekend by making a spontaneous trip out to the coast!
We left Portland early on empty stomachs, so our first priority was to find a cozy brunch spot. Fortunately, one of Astoria’s brunch hot-spots was waiting our arrival. I decided to try out the veggie ratatouille.
From the restaurant we were able to see great views (including this one of the Astoria bridge)
Our waitress kindly reminded us that Hood to Coast (one of the largest relay races in the world) was happening this weekend which would surely back up traffic in Oregon. So we got in the car and crossed the bridge to go to Cape Disappointment state park in Washington.
We first walked along the long stretch along the coast that is Benson beach. It was nearly empty, with some kite enthusiasts flying their handmade kites, dogs running with their owners, and TONS of driftwood. I could totally see myself camping out in a fort of driftwood!
After walking on the beach for a few hours we decided to check out Waikiki beach a few miles away. From there, I was able to get a great view of the lighthouse, and we layed out on the boulders with water brushing up to the rocks.
There is something about the sound of water and the feel of my toes in the sand that is so incredibly relaxing. I’ll definitely be going on more coastal adventures!
We spent the day travelling along the coast, soaking up one of the few gorgeous coastal sunny weekends, and tromping on beaches. Oregon coasts are unlike any other I’ve seen, the water is sparkling blue, and the topography is majestic!
We started our adventures in Oceanside where we ducked and tiptoed through a tunnel formed by fallen rocks that brought us to spectacular views. I loved seeing mussels, sea anemones, dogs playing on the beach and the feel of my hair blowing in the wind
After hanging out in Oceanside, we made a slight detour to check out Camp Meares were we hiked a bit to find a 300 year old octopus sitka tree, a lighthouse and spectacular views.
Apparently, no trip to the coast is finished without a bite of Tillamook cheese. We stopped by the cheese factory and learned how cheese is made while eating Tillamook ice cream
For a pick-me-up, we stopped by and espresso bar near the train on our way to Cannon beach.
As soon as I learned that the weekend would be full of clear skies and no rain, I called up my friend Steph to see if she could duck out of lab and join me on a hike up Multnomah falls (the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon!)
Then, after hiking, I headed out with Steph, and Santia to check out this ‘Indian’ restaurant called Bollywood theater. It was a really interesting fusion of flavors (beets… in Indian food, and saag paneer…made with kale?!?!), soo delish! I’ll definitely be going again!
The Columbia River Gorge is river canyon about 85 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep. Carved by volcanic eruptions and Ice Age floods over millions of years, the Gorge is the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountains. The cataclysmic floods also transformed flowing river tributaries into hanging waterfalls creating the largest concentration of waterfalls in North America.
Yesterday, I decided to go on a 5 mile hike through the Gorge (Triple Falls) to soak in the last few days of autumn and capture the foliage views.
I’m a sucker for waterfalls, especially ones you can walk behind! I still feel like I live in a fairy tale.