That being said, we left the city of Seattle and started South. We saw losts of forest land; lumbering looks to be a pretty big industry in Washington, and we saw areas of forest that had been clear-cut; in some areas, the new growth was already evident. There was some farm land, but LOTS of forest!
Then we came to Ft. Columbia State Park, which had this memorial to the Columbia River explorers.
We crossed the Columbia River on a really long bridge; actually a series of two bridges; one was the Astoria Bridge and the other was the Youngs Bay Bridge, to reach the town of Warrenton.
Every turn seemed to bring more glorious views: sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, white caps breaking....
and sometimes, a glimpse of the mountains in the background.
It was pretty and a little eerie....
I found it disconcerting that in many places the shoulder of the road was no more than 2 and 1/2 feet wide, and there would be a deep ravine, with no guard rail. I wouldn't want to drive that highway in the fog, nor in freezing rain, but it was just beautiful today!
Tomorrow, we should be in California. If I don't make it back to Maine, you'll know I've been discovered and you can watch for me on the Silver Screen!