Friday, October 2, 2009

Road Trip Day 16: California here we come!

Before leaving Newport, Oregon, bound for California, we decided to fuel-up with a hearty breakfast at a Restaurant called Pig 'N Pancake.

Hubby had a ham and cheese omelet and pancakes.
I had 3 Little Pigs in a Blanket, with applesauce. I thought the pancakes were way too heavy; they were so filling, I only ate one and a portion of the second. I did find room for the sausages that were wrapped in them, though!

We stopped for gas before getting on the highway. I found it interesting that the Northwest has a chain of gas stations and fuel trucks with the name "Towne Pump." We had a 'town pump' in my home town, but I think she was equipped with hose intake facilities, rather than hose out-put! (Rather a risque name for a business, I'd say!)

Once we reached Highway 101, known as the Pacific Highway, we were treated to amazing vistas!
Everywhere, there were waves crashing against rocks, or lapping the beaches. I was surprised that the Oregon coast is made up of miles and miles of sandy beaches.

We did see a lighthouse nestled into the side of a cliff.

The sky was gray in the morning, which made the water grey to slate in color.
It was so beautiful, even this seagull was captivated!

We crossed a bridge....

and then another....

so many bridges! Wherever there was a little inlet, or a creek flowing to the sea, there was a bridge to be crossed.

We were forever going in and out of Tsunami Hazard Zones. I tried to imagine what it would be like to look out at the ocean and see a 50 foot or higher wall of water coming at you. It must be terrifying!
So much sand! Miles of sandy beaches at the f00t of tall cliffs.

And there were sometimes huge boulders in the water that caused the waves to break before reaching the shore; but always, it seemed, Oregon beaches were sandy!
Every time we thought we'd seen the most beautiful view possible, a turn in the road would expose another, more breath-taking than before.
I swear, at the end of the day, my jaw ached from hanging open in awe!

We crossed the border into California. Then there were the Redwoods. I knew they were large trees...

But they were so tall, the obstructed communication to our sattelite radio, and sometimes to Mabel, our GPS.

That they were truly massive becomes obvious when you stand in front of one! Many of them are easily more than 6 feet in diameter!

As it got later in the day, the water turned gray again.

The sun began to go down, and was majestically reflected on the waves. One of the really great things about today, was the number of scenic turnouts along the way for photo- taking. Oregon, especially seemed to have dozens of small state parks that had free admission and offered the opportunity to take lots of pictures. California, so far, does not seem to have quite as many, but we are less than 100 miles into the state, so we'll see what tomorrow brings! For now I need to give my gaping jaw a rest!

Once again, thanks for coming along for the ride! Hope it's been fun for you, too!


Lille Diane said...

How exciting! I have driven up and down the Oregon coast many times. My mom used to live in Florence. Did you get to see the seals? Oh you will love CA especially south of Big Sir to Santa Barbara.

Stop at Anderson's in San Luis Obisbo for some world famous split pea soup. I'll check back in to see what you've seen on you trip.

And I just wanted to tell you how much your visits mean to me on my blog, dear Eva. Thank you so much!

Helene said...

I've never driven up the Oregon coast but my mom has and she says it's beautiful. Judging by your pictures, I'd have to agree!

Looks like you're having a fabulous time!!

Vodka Logic said...

Again beautiful pictures. Someday I would like to see a sunset on the west coast.

Jeanette said...

I am so enjoying this trip. You've come through my area and are no visiting places that I love. Thank you so much for sharing. It has just been lovely!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

What beautiful pictures! It must be grand to see so much of our awesome country and shorelines. Savor this time and trip you're on. Have a great time!

Scrappy Girl said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! How funny to get someone who I already read!

Love that little awesome. Glad you didn't see any tsunamis!

Steven Anthony said...

Gosh your trip just keeps getting more and more beautiful....I think I would find it hard to return home after your many adventures;)

safe travels my friend

Just Playin' said...

So glad I found you! Another retired person!!! I was a teacher too. We took this trip too once and your photos make me want to go back again SOON! Come visit.
Mathy,Techy,Artsy Fartsy

Just Playin' said...

Oh yeah. I have an entrepeneur streak too so we must talk.

Jen said...

Wow! These pictures are as amazing and beautiful as the others on your trip. You'll have so many good memories. Glad you both are enjoying your "adventure", I am!

Steven Anthony said...

Eva I have a surprise for you..check it out;)

JennyMac said...

How fun. I have driven up and down the coast from WA to CA multiple times. SO beautiful.

LOVE the lighthouse pics.

Mesina said...

OH MY GOSH!!! That's my hometown!!! I grew up in Newport and it's been far too long since I visited! (Trips from the UK aren't cheap to the Oregon coast lemme tell ya!)

Hope you enjoyed my hometown! It's a sweet lil place, I must take the other half there, he hasn't seen it yet!

Glad you're having fun! x

Ekanthapadhikan said...

You're taking me along in this tour with your pics. and updates.

Thank you!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What beautiful pictures!! Breath-taking!

dogimo said...

Breakfasting on heavy pancakes yields to skipping lightly over clashing gray waters on wings of bridges. Today's post brings in an element of transitions between extremes. In and out of tsunami zones - one can't help but meditate on the horror of that inexorable onrushing wall of pure violence, pure bristling liquid force! But just as inexorably, one must push one's dark meditations back out to sea. The road goes through and out of danger.

And into California! The living bones of the breathing northern coastline. What a shot of those redwoods. A reverse tree-hugger, eh? It's okay, you can turn around and hug! Ahem.