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May 2009

a travelogue

Oregon - the so called Painted Hills a part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument near Mitchell on Hwy  26

the Abert Lake and Abert Rim - on Hwy 395 at the end of Hwy 31 near Lakeview

           Oregon - not so many people know about Oregon, even some Americans....On the western Pacific coast just below the State of Washington. Here we made such a wonderful trip, for the first time in a camper. Problably not so well-known as the states Colorado, Utah or California with the famous parks like Yellowstone, but I can assure you that Oregon has very much to offer. From deserts with great rock formations to the wonderful shore line with capes and mountains, raging into the Pacific with wonderful views!!
           I had this trip in my mind for quite some time and now we had the opportunity to go. And in these 2 weeks I made some thousands of pictures, also of many wildflowers. Now I can offer you hundreds of them in many albums to follow the beauty of  nature and landscapes. I hope you will enjoy them and may be you will follow our footsteps. This was one of our best trips we ever made!

Cape Ferrelo on the coast of Oregon, north of Brookings, on Hwy 101, the Oregon Coast Highway

Oregon wildflowers in 10 albums

Oregon landscapes 4 albums

Album 206 Oregon 2009 1
Album 207 Oregon 2009 2
Album 208 Oregon 2009 3
Album 209 Oregon 2009 4
Album 210 Oregon 2009 5
Album 211 Oregon 2009 6
Album 212 Oregon 2009 7
Album 213 Oregon 2009 8
Album 214 Oregon 2009 9
Album 215 Oregon 2009 10

Short travel report

From a tourist information center I received a wonderful leaflet about the 'Oregon Scenic Byways & Tour Routes', a driving guide' which helped so much to plan our trip. Many trips are described and shown in this leaflet with some marvellous pictures to give a good impression of the beauty of this state. Now I tried to write a story about our trip, but this was far too long for this website. So, here a short description of some highlights and more information in a separate web page. See  Oregon-info
          The 'Painted Hills' - a series of coloured hills and mountains as never seen before, very special. And also along this 'Journey Through Time Scenic Byway' the so called 'Clarno Unit' rock formation along the John Day River. And also for rock climbers or mountaineers very interesting the 'Smith Rock State Park' north of Bend with the Crooked River. Also the 'Desert-Route' or, as the right name is: 'Oregon Outback Scenic Byway' Hwy 31 from La Pine southeast to Lakeview wilth the famous 'Fort Rock' and the Abert Rim and Abert Lake along Hwy 395. Then heading west from Lakeview and Goose Lake to Klamath Falls by driving Hwy 140 and Hwy 66 to Grants Pass, a route with many wildflowers. From Grants Pass following Hwy 199 into California and there the hugh Sequoia trees in the 'Jedediah Smith Redwood Park' along the Smith River..
           Driving back north along the Oregon Coast about 350 miles, passing on Hwy 101 marshes, seaside cliffs, lush agricultural valleys and wind-sculpted dunes. One of the finest and most impressive coastal routes of the world. With many capes with wonderful views along the rocky shore, north and south, rock formations with seals and sea lions, stacks coming out of the ocean. Rivers flowing into the ocean along enormous beaches. You must have seen this all to realize the beauty of Oregon. Nice villages and small cities along the coast, peaceful and certainly not crowded in May. 
            Now I mention from southern Brookings some highlights ending up in Astoria on the Columbia River in the north of Oregon:
Harris Beach State Park north of Brookings - Cape Ferrelo - Pistol River beach - Cape Sebastian - Port Orford Heads State Park - Cape Blanco - Bandon, nice and peaceful city - Shore Acres State Park and garden - Oregon Dunes and Florence - Heceta Head with lighthouse, so loved by Americans - Strawberry Hill with all kinds of seals - Cape Perpetua, up to the information center and walking around for one of the best views! - Yachats - Seal Rock State park - Newport with sea lions and lighthouse - Cape Foulweather - Depoe Bay with the smallest navigable harbor of the world - Cape Lookout - Cape Kiwanda, in one word: fantastic!!! - Cape Meares - Nehalem Bay - Hug Point with small romantic waterfall - Cannon Beach with the biggest Haystack Rock, a 235-foot monolith, towering over the enormous beach - Astoria with the hugh 4-mile bridge crossing the Columbia River to Washington, and the harbor etc. - Fort Stevens on the river shore near the Fort Stevens State park with large campground.
I could tell you many pages more. You can see it all in the albums with about 400 pictures, plus many about wildflowers, coming soon - still work to do. So, enjoy the albums and if you also want to do this trip: safe and happy journey!!                                     Oregon-info

Cape Perpetua near Yachats on Hwy 101 with absolutely finest view on the shore, north and south

Hug Point with small but lovely waterfall south of Cannon Beach aan de kust

Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock,  a 235-foot monolith


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