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Nehalem Beach, OR

The sand dunes are the sort that are soft and juicy, so you sink when you step.

The sand dunes are the sort that are soft and juicy, so you sink when you step.

Looking north.

Looking north.

Looking south.

Looking south.

Dog coming down the dunes to the campground.

Dog coming down the dunes to the campground.

Self portrait with shoes.

Self portrait with shoes.

Many warnings.

Many warnings.

Driftwood with the windless lee.

Driftwood with the windless lee.

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Back to the coast

Toward Tillamook.

Toward Tillamook.

We took the 26 northwest to get back to Highway 101. This put us roughly 21 miles south of where we last left the coast at Ft. Stevens. We stopped briefly in Cannon Beach, which was swarming with people on a Sunday. Then we headed south. The campground where we had hoped to stay was now closed, so we are a little further toward Tillamook at a state park in Manzanita. I haven’t seen the beach yet but Erik is out exploring it right now.

Out at the farm

The Larson farm is in Molalla, OR which is also home to many Christmas tree farms. It’s a beautiful rural area. They have planted hundreds of baby trees on the property in an effort to reforest it.

This thistle-like plant had a use in the early textile industry.

This thistle-like plant had a use in the early textile industry.

Blackberries grow all over the property. They're actually considered invasive.

Blackberries grow all over the property. They're actually considered invasive.

Wild blueberries. Kerplonk. Kerplunk. (From Blueberries for Sal, a favorite kids book.)

Wild blueberries. Kerplonk. Kerplunk. (From Blueberries for Sal, a favorite kids book.)

Sweet pea.

Sweet pea.

Anyone for foozball?

Anyone for foozball?

Mouths of babes

When we were visiting the remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck at Fort Stevens, some kids about six or seven were playing Pirates of the Caribbean/Titanic as they clung to the rusty old ship. “Argghh mateys,” one little boy said. “The ship is sinking! We need drinks!”

Shipwrecked.. and suddenly very thirsty.

Shipwrecked.. and suddenly very thirsty.

Friday night in PDX

Seal statues watch people come and go at the Nines.

Seal statues watch people come and go at the Nines.

Now THAT'S a mohawk!

Now THAT'S a mohawk!

Hansel and Dana took us to a great North Portland spot for comfort food. The rosemary mac and cheese was absolutely amazing!

Hansel and Dana took us to a great North Portland spot for comfort food. The rosemary mac and cheese was absolutely amazing!

Erik’s friends Hansel and Dana are the best tour guides you could ask for. They know all the great places to eat and drink in Portland and have a great attitude about showing us around and trying new things. We felt special that they’d never eaten at Eleni’s, the Cretian restaurant where we went for Erik’s birthday. We got to give them a tip! Tomorrow they are taking us to see their farm outside the city. We’re excited.

Portland portraits

Street performer in silver body paint.

Street performer in silver body paint.

Old bricks, scary fire escapes.

Old bricks, scary fire escapes.

Hotel Lotus.

Hotel Lotus.

Cupid and .. car keys?

Cupid and .. car keys?

It pays to look up.

It pays to look up.

MAX transit is the best way to get around.

MAX transit is the best way to get around.

World Trade Center.

World Trade Center.

Out and about in Portland

Over Pioneer Square.
Over Pioneer Square.