Photo Focus – The Oregon Coast

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.


Sand dunes on the beach just north of Florence. Lady was in HEAVEN!



Hwy 101 entering Florence, OR


Downtown Florence

Downtown Florence



Heceta Head Lighthouse on the way to Cape Perpetua




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    • Mom on July 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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    beautiful pix, Ali-dear!

    • Cathy Sowash on August 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm
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    We have been to this area of Oregon, as well as Depot Bay. It is lovely, isn’t it? I have told your Mom, but I wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed reading your blog. You have a delightful writing style, and I have frequently caught myself laughing out loud here at work while reading your exploits during my lunch break! I envy your adventurous spirit, and can’t wait for each new installment. Keep ’em coming!!

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Thank you so much! It was really fulfulling to chronicle my travels through this blog while I was on the road, and I’m trying to stay focused now that I’m back home. I appreciate the support and hope that you continue to enjoy!


  1. I’ve done that trip too, it really is awesome. Mind you when I went it was December and it was FREEZING with that wind. I’d go again in a second!

    1. Hi Lou,

      I’m planning to head back for Thanksgiving and am pretty nervous about how cold it’s going to be! I think I’ll bring some of my snow gear, just in case! Thanks for reading!


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