Pacific City is a few miles north of Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. The main route, Highway 101, bypasses it, so you have to be looking for the turn off to find the town.
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The Bandon Lighthouse in HDR. Same photo as in this post, just manipulated a bit.
Why I love Oregon, Part II
On the same day as the last picture in this photo was taken we still found quite a bit to see.
We recently had some pretty bad storms. In addition to the terrible mudslide near Clatskanie there were very heavy winds. Thousands of massive trees were blown over. Unluckily this included the Largest Sitka Spruce in the US. Last year lightning struck it and damaged a point about 100 feet up. The heavy winds this year finished the job.
After that heartbreaking picture we continued on to Seaside proper. Seaside was one of those small beach towns that only grew due to late 1800′s and early 1900′s vacationing visitors from Portland. Originally inhabited by the Clatsop indians, the location was used by Lewis and Clark to boil salt from sea water. The beach itself is roughly ten miles long and fairly flat – completely abnormal for most of the Oregon coast.
Tillamook Head juts out into the sea and protects the southern side of the beach. Ecola State park is on the Southern Side and a trail leads up to a WWII Radar Site. Just off the end is the Tillamook Light House, which now has quite the history itself.
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Since it’s only a short drive up the road, and closes the loop back to Portland, we drove to Astoria. Home of Lewis and Clark’s 1805-1806 winter quarters, the Astoria Column, and filming location for Goonies, Short Circuit and Kindergarden Cop. Also a quite large herd of elk. We found them on the median right beside the highway. I was able to use my new telephoto lens to get some great closeups of these beautiful animals.
Larger sizes here