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Winter on the northern coast of Oregon  can be special, but some days it is just plain dismal and a cozy coffee shop is all you really want.
Connecting Washington to Oregon across the Columbia River, the Astoria bridge is the longest continuous truss bridge in the US. The Astoria Bridge viewed from Pier 39, Astoria where we had an excellent birthday lunch at the Wet Dog Cafe and Brewery. We headed south from Astoria to the somewhat kitschy summer resort town of Seaside. It was late winter; it was wet, windy, rainy, cold, nearly deserted, and to be honest, a little forlorn. Two children rode the carousel at the Carousel Mall, oblivious to the empty corridors and closed shops. We expected a storm and so, despite the shelter of pines, slept with the top down. The next morning, we left the shelter of the pines, braving the wind and rain to traverse the endless grass covered dunes and the sandy shore where high winds slowly piled sand against driftwood along the strand line. Cold and wet, we drove back north to Cannon Beach, more genteel and laid back than Seaside, where the cozy Insomnia Cafe provided welcome respite from the wind and rain. Fortified with caffeine and pastry, we continued back south to an impressive, mist shrouded view from the bluffs above Arcadia Beach. A small row of sea stacks protect the Siletz river estuary at Siletz Bay. A pleasing mix of Art Deco and Art Modern with Gothic influences, the Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport OR replaced the last ferry crossing on Route 101 in 1936. Tried to explore an off-road recreation area near Florence Beach. At the sign warning of soft ground I tried to reverse but the van dug itself in. Fortunately some off-roaders took pity on us and got us rolling again.
Winter on the northern coast of Oregon can be spe- cial, but some days it is just plain dismal and a cozy coffee shop is all you really want.
Connecting Washington to Oregon across the Columbia River, the Astoria bridge is the longest continuous truss bridge in the US. The Astoria Bridge viewed from Pier 39, Astoria where we had an excellent birthday lunch at the Wet Dog Cafe and Brewery. We headed south from Astoria to the somewhat kitschy summer resort town of Seaside. It was late winter; it was wet, windy, rainy, cold, nearly deserted, and to be honest, a little forlorn. Two children rode the carousel at the Carousel Mall, oblivious to the empty corridors and closed shops. We expected a storm and so, despite the shelter of pines, slept with the top down. The next morning, we left the shelter of the pines, braving the wind and rain to traverse the endless grass covered dunes and the sandy shore where high winds slowly piled sand against driftwood along the strand line. Cold and wet, we drove back north to Cannon Beach, more genteel and laid back than Seaside, where the cozy Insomnia Cafe provided welcome respite from the wind and rain. Fortified with caffeine and pastry, we continued back south to an impressive, mist shrouded view from the bluffs above Arcadia Beach. A small row of sea stacks protect the Siletz river estuary at Siletz Bay. A pleasing mix of Art Deco and Art Modern with Gothic influences, the Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport OR replaced the last ferry crossing on Route 101 in 1936. Tried to explore an off-road recreation area near Florence Beach. At the sign warning of soft ground I tried to reverse but the van dug itself in. Fortunately some off-roaders took pity on us and got us rolling again. The Old General Store in Charleston, near the entrance to Coos Bay, has evolved to more of a convenience store, but it still adds character to the town.
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