In part 2 of my Cali-Oregon road trip, we drove up the rainy (but gorgeous) Oregon coast, picked up a hitchhiker, headed inland, camped some more, and ended in Portland, where we parted ways. I couchsurfed with some lovely people and explored the city of Portland, but really enjoyed my time hiking and driving with yet another Couchsurfer, Andrew. Hiking up Saddle Mountain was just beautiful, and the coast wasn’t too shabby either!
Oregon definitely had the less-explored, raw beauty factor, and the residents couldn’t have been nicer. Food truck pods? Yes, please! It’s not a place I’m dying to live, but I can’t wait to explore the wilds of Oregon again.
Photo captions below, by number:
(1) Okay, so MAYBE this is why I immediately fell in love with Oregon. Though I was disappointed in Portland itself, the countryside and coast (at least, what I got to see of it) far exceeded my expectations. Too bad it was raining all the time. Still, gorgeous.
(2) Welcome to Oregon. Did we mention that we’re awesome?
(3) Westernmost lighthouse in the U.S., and just a walk from our campground! I went out for a walk and got caught in a sudden storm. While I love taking photos in black and white and don’t normally convert afterward, I thought this photo looked a lot more awesome in B&W than in dark blue.
(4) This moss-lichen-like stuff on the trees completely reminded me of coral in tropical waters.
(5) The log-laden coast. And if you think that this place isn’t huge, then take a look at those two white logs sticking up next to the rock. We’re sitting on them in the next photo.
(6) A storm was about to roll in….
(7) And the storm really starts rolling in…
(10) The wind blew my hat off right after this, and I caught it just before it was swept off a cliff.
(11) The hill is off, not you.
(13) On the Oregon beach sand dunes doing a jump shot with…our hitchhiker?! Still not sure what kind of stealthy hand signal he’s giving here, but his jump sure failed.
(14) Awesome, cobweb-like view as a result of camping in yet another illegal spot.
(15) Jumping at the top of Multnomah Falls. That’s Washington State behind us! Didn’t get there, though.
(16) Oregon had patches of amazing temperate rainforests everywhere…and we camped about 15 feet from here. It was just beautiful.
(17) Last jump shot, really! It was wet from the spray AND rain.
(18) No obnoxious jumpers in the way this time.
(19) Mt. Hood over Portland!
(20) The Rose Gardens of Portland.
(21) Overlooking the ci-tay.
(22) Ahhhh the rain is ALMOST worth it when it produces flora like this.
(23) The esteemed, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind, honorable knighted Sir Andrew Judkins.It was foggy.
(24) Real, real foggy.
(25) Hiking on the mountain.
(26) Crazy view! I love the angles.
(27) Naturally the fog lifted after we made it to the top, couldn’t see a thing, and then hiked back down.
(28) I loved these random veins of different rocks spilling out of the mountain. This one looks like a mini rock Loch Ness, eh? The view of beautiful trees and the unfortunate deforestation was quite stunning.
(29) It was an amazing view down.
(30) He’s on top of the world! At least until the rock topples…
(31) “Um, mom? How do I get off this here rock?” “You don’t, honey, but enjoy the view.”
(32) This photo = 100% awesomeness.
(33) This is a.) the biggest clover I’ve seen in my life, or b.) Oregon Oxalis. It tastes like a green apple. Unless you eat a lot of it, in which case it tastes like death.
(34) Canon Beach, ground view. Andrew liked the old woman on the bicycle, but…
(35) …I like it better in B&W.
(36) Unusual sand patterns.
(37) This was the best I could do. I know the angle is wrong, but I hadn’t seen the photo in a while…thanks for telling me about it, though! It was amazing.
(38) Canon beach, you are gorgeous. Especially when you’re free because the attendant lets us sneak in.
(39) Loved it.