Monday, August 25, 2014 was one of my most favorite days on our trip around this beautiful country! We came to the Oregon coast 3 years ago and loved it so much we came back. This time with the motorhome and Harley! The 101 Coastal Highway is just breathtaking! The views and coastal overlooks are some of the prettiest in the country!
We enjoyed seeing sea lions and Gray Whales in their natural habitat. I learned that the hundreds of sea lions that we listened to each day/night at our campsite were all males! The females stay north and tend to the calves and the males migrate down to warmer climates.
The Newport area is the summer home to approximately 60 Gray Whales. We watched them for hours! Seeing their 12' foot blow or spouts in the air was so exciting! They were busy feeding on the kelp in the bays. We really enjoyed our dinner at Tidal Raves where we could view the whales in Depoe Bay! Such a memorable day!
We also enjoyed visiting the Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head Lighthouses.
We crossed over into Oregon on Thursday, August 21, 2014. We stayed at the Astoria/Warrenton KOA. The town and campground was full of fishermen filling their coolers with Salmon. Jerry loved to head over to the fish cleaning house each afternoon to see the day's catch and listen to the stories!
We toured Astoria and the Columbia River Front area. We also visited the Lewis & Clark Historical National Park. It was at Astoria that they first saw the Pacific Ocean. Their famous Expedition ended here as well. They traveled over 4,000 miles across North America and we crossed over many of their paths during our trip out West.
August 19&20 we took motorcycle rides to Mt Rainier. We journeyed to the South entrance at Paradise first and the next day to the North entrance at Sunrise. The clouds blocked our view at Paradise, so I had to hike up two miles to get a closer look. I couldn't stop my hike, I wanted to go further and further!
Mt Rainier is an active volcano that first erupted about a half a million years ago. It stands 14,410 feet above sea level. There were many scenic overlooks, water falls and hiking paths. There are also 25 major glaciers, and wildlife including black tail deer, marmots, black bears, and red fox. Unfortunately we didn't see any of them!
However, we were able to view Mt Rainier as the wind blew away the clouds and the sun shone on this majestic mountain! I couldn't stop taking pictures! The glistening snow on the glaciers, along with the vivid wildflowers highlights the full glory of this incredible mountain. We enjoyed our time at Mt Rainier and encourage all who love nature to take the time to visit this wonderful National Park: another treasure!
Our day trip along The Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph's Scenic Byway was incredible on the motorcycle! One of the most beautiful roadways in America! The Beartooth Hwy outside of Red Lodge, Montana, climbs to an astounding 10,947 feet above sea level. It was completed in 1936. It has an impressive range of ecosystems-lush lodge pole pine forests to alpine tundra. At its highest summit snow was all around along with beautiful wildflowers!
We continued on to Chief Joseph Scenic Byway which is part of the Shoshone National Forest.
We rode outside of Sturgis to The Full Throttle Saloon to enjoy some good old rock-n-roll!
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I am going to create a blog to capture our exciting adventures as Jerry and I set out to travel around this beautiful country. Our adventure begins on June 16th, 2014.