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                            Seaside’s Tim Thumb.

 

I have driven many beautiful coastal areas in my life: The three coasts of Florida (East, West, Panhandle) and the rest of the Gulf Coast - virtually the entire Eastern seaboard and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada – the complete coast of California and the French Riviera – from Cape Town, South Africa to Knysna, 300 miles of Indian Ocean beachfront – the north shore of Jamaica and the coast roads of many other Caribbean islands – three of the Hawaiian islands perimeter coastal roads (Big Island, Oahu, Maui) and the exquisite coast of Israel from Beersheba to the grotto on the Lebanon border. 

 

View of Seaside’s beach from the coast road. 

 

But I have to admit that the coast of Oregon exceeded all of them in stark natural beauty, and Patty and I only saw half of it. 

 

 

 

We left Seaside after a brisk late morning walk on the two mile long promenade that is a paradise for jogging and wide enough to safely accommodate cyclists.  We quickly discovered a coastal marsh south of Tillamook.

 

 

We continued our Oregon mission of driving along a water feature – ocean, river, lake - for the entire journey and succeeded 90+% of the time.  We’d walked Tillamook Point (pictured below) the day before and were amazed by the width and length of an almost pristine beach and the beauty of the Point and the Necanicum River that flows by it.

 

Young boy controls his kite, the closest to capturing the movements of a bird in flight that we’d ever seen.   

 

We crossed the Route 101 bridge over the Necanicum and headed for Cannon Beach, one of the most photographed coastal places in the world.  The numerous large rocks that dot the ocean’s edge for this stretch of coast are a popular attraction and drew a large crowd the day we visited. 

 

 

 

For those desiring to explore Cannon Beach, a map is provided.

 

 

After Cannon Beach’s rocks, our Nissan Rogue chugged up a hill and beheld a jaw dropping vista.

 

 

 

The drive from Seaside to Newport Beach was roughly 135 miles and took four extremely pleasant hours. 

 

View of Newport Beach.

 

Map of Newport – shows location of Hallmark Resort where we stayed.

 

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Back side of Hallmark Resort – our room was ground floor, middle of main building.

 

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Main public space of Newport, the marina.

 

For Leg #3, we turned eastward at Florence and went to Eugene.