Those of us born in the 1980s are intimately familiar with the Oregon Trail computer game. A lucky few have completed the pilgrimage from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley with all of their family members, oxen, and provisions in tow, while the majority were lucky to make it to Idaho with a loaf of bread and one wagon wheel to their name. During a recent road-trip (by Toyota Corolla, not covered wagon– although that would have been cool), I saw first-hand why the pioneers risked their actual and computer-simulated lives in the quest for Oregon– it is absolutely spectacular!
As my friend Liz and I drove from San Francisco to Florence, we passed vineyards, mountain ranges, raging rivers, serene lakes, and other spots that made is both gasp, “Oh, wow!” When we finally arrived at our destination, we were greeted by quaint village life and gorgeous empty beaches. Sure, the wind makes wearing your hair down nearly impossible, but the views are something to behold. And so I present to you, this week’s Photo Focus from Oregon’s amazing Central Coast.