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Old 05-14-2015, 06:55 AM   #121
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We recently saw these jellyfish washed ashore the coast, all the way from Oregon up to Washington. A local said these came this time of year. I also found a number of dead young crabs, and wondered what killed them.

By the way, the dead jellyfish under the best condition smelled like you are downwind from a clam bake. Under worse conditions, they smelled like rotten fish.



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Old 05-14-2015, 10:36 AM   #122
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Spectacular coastline, no? Looks like you're having some great weather too.
The coastline is truly spectacular, and the weather is again beautiful this morning. We plan to hike another section of the Oregon Coastal Trail today.

A FB friend contacted me to say that his family moved to Gold Beach when he was a teenager. His father was a teacher and fancied living by the coast. However after a year of cold and really windy weather they moved back to Spokane, Washington. Sounds like we are very fortunate to have such glorious weather this week.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:10 PM   #123
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Today I took all the photos with the software button on the righthand side. I'll attach a photo here to see if that fixes the issue. Thanks for your help. (Looks like it did the trick )
Awesome, good to hear and see.

That coastal area is beautiful. Ironically, the trip I mentioned where I figured that out was driving Highway 1 most of the way from LA to Portland in about 10 days. After a brief stay, we turned around and drove south on the inland route through the mountains back to LA in another 10 days.

Take your time and enjoy!
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Sounds like a fun trip. One of my fondest childhood memories was the summer of 1982. My Mom had to go to a 6-week workshop at Shepherd Air Force base in Texas, and my grandparents decided to make a big vacation out of it. Grandmom and Granddad, Mom, and I headed out in their '76 GMC crew cab pickup, with a slide-in truck camper in back, and took our time going out, taking two weeks to get to Texas. Then we dropped Mom off and we went the rest of the way out to California and back, to see Grandmom's brother and sister in law in Long Beach, as well as stopping at other places here and there on the way out and back. So it was 8 weeks, in total.

One thing I really loved about it was the spontaneity of it all. We had a big book called "Scenic Wonders Of America" and some maps and such, and whatever looked like it would be fun to stop off and see, we did. The only problem I remember us having was when we went to the Grand Canyon. It was crowded, campgrounds for miles around were booked up well in advance, so we didn't stay there for long. But every other place we went to, it seemed like we had no trouble at all just showing up spur of the moment.
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Beautiful sunny day but the wind did get up in the afternoon making it feel a bit chilly. We spent the day walking on 2 of our favorite beaches, with lunch in Brookings at a seafood restaurant on the marina.

Once again we saw whales very close to the shore on this particular beach. (Harris Beach). When we arrived I was watching the seals on the beach of the island close by through my binoculars and as I scanned to the left saw the large dorsal fin of an orca. There were 3 of them and we watched them for about 20 minutes before they moved on. A little later while walking down the other end of the beach I saw the spout from a whale and we were able to get a good sighting of a grey whale as it slowly made it its way north.

This has been a great location to be for a week and we now switch from beaches to waterfalls as this is our last day here, tomorrow we drive to Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge.

The attached photo is from our hike yesterday when we went from Whaleshead Beach to the Thomas Creek Bridge and back (highest bridge in Oregon). 6.5 miles which should have been a mile or so shorter if we hadn't kept taking detours in the "maze of twisty little passages that all look alike" and finding a way through the sand dunes area (I forgot how tiring trudging up sand dunes is)

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Yesterday we drove up the coast and then onto I5 through Portland, spending a few hours with some good friends. Then onto Hood River into our next condo where we will be for a week. Attached is a photo from our balcony last night. Looking over the Columbia River to Mt Adam. At the back is Mt Hood but the view is through trees and not quite as breath taking.
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6.5 miles which should have been a mile or so shorter if we hadn't kept taking detours in the "maze of twisty little passages that all look alike"
I *LOVED* that game, back in the day! It's neat that others here recognize that phrase.

Glad you are having such a fun, and spectacular vacation!
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I *LOVED* that game, back in the day! It's neat that others here recognize that phrase.

Glad you are having such a fun, and spectacular vacation!
I was hoping that would strike a memory chord with one of you aging computer geeks.

We got a copy of that to run on our PDP computer at work in the 1970's and spent many a lunchtime playing it.

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Beautiful! I must make it to Oregon and Washington.
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Hood River is a really nice little town, great location with loads of trails nearby to hike. Last night we walked into town for a meal and drink at a really nice, quirky pub/brewhouse. While chatting with the barman he said that the population is about 12,000 in summer but only 2,000 in winter, even though the official population is ~10,000. I'm sure he was exaggerating but his point was that the winters are so bad that even the locals leave.

Yesterday we did a hike on a trail by Mt Adams and today on a trail by Mt Hood, to Tamanawas Falls. Lunch at Timberline Lodge, and now sitting out again on the balcony of our rented place. Magic.
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Just in time to catch the end of the wildflowers in the Gorge. Been out a few times riding our mountain bikes on the Washington side a bit east of Hood River, and it's been great.

A big part of the population gain is from the windsurfers - that area has some of the best windsurfing in the world. The winters aren't all *that* bad. It's a nice part of the world.
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Just in time to catch the end of the wildflowers in the Gorge. Been out a few times riding our mountain bikes on the Washington side a bit east of Hood River, and it's been great.

A big part of the population gain is from the windsurfers - that area has some of the best windsurfing in the world. The winters aren't all *that* bad. It's a nice part of the world.
The pub we were in last night, Horsefeathers, is set high up in the town and while we sat eating (Oregon Mussels for me) and drinking the Big Horse Brew Pub beer and cider the windsurfers were great entertainment. We had walked down to the Hood river estuary on Sunday but there was no wind and little going on, but last night there were plenty of them out on the river doing their acrobatic stuff.
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I don't know your plans going forward, but a nice scenic drive from the north side of the Columbia is Wa 142 from Lyle to Goldendale.
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The pub we were in last night, Horsefeathers, is set high up in the town and while we sat eating (Oregon Mussels for me) and drinking the Big Horse Brew Pub beer and cider the windsurfers were great entertainment. We had walked down to the Hood river estuary on Sunday but there was no wind and little going on, but last night there were plenty of them out on the river doing their acrobatic stuff.
Last couples of rides, the wind has been so stiff that we had to work even on the downhills.

Hope you got or get a chance to drive the Columbia River Scenic Highway - much better scenery than along I-84. Waterfalls and views down the gorge. And after seeing Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, would be a shame not to see Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument.

And an agreement with the post above - Highway 142 on the Washington side goes along the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River - a nice rails-to-trails trail running beside it.
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I second the recommendation to drive up and down the Columbia Gorge. There is an excellent Interpretive Center close to The Dalles.
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Thanks for the tips, we have so many to consider.

We have driven the length of Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway when we stayed here for a week in 2012, and we plan to do some of it again. While the weather is so good we intend to do as much hiking as we can. Tomorrow we are going to the Multnomah Falls area and do a couple of trails we didn't do in 2012. Thursday is looking to be a good chance of rain so we will drive some of the scenic highway, and maybe visit Cascade Locks which we didn't do last time.

On Saturday we leave and have 3 nights booked near Mt St Helens. This last weekend the roads opened up according to the visitor center. In 2012 the road was closed when we were here so only got to look at the visitor center furthest away from the mountain.
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We drove up from Oregon today, stopping for a short hike as we drove through Gifford Pinchot National Forest then we ate lunch at Upper Falls. The car is probably a bit upset with us again as we drove on a lot of gravel, lumpy, "holey", roads today. Now we are in Woodland, Washington, is where we are staying for 3 nights. It's pretty cloudy today, so we hope it clears up this next couple of days as we hope to get in some good hikes.
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Alan - I lived in Bellingham for 3 years. I learned that in Washington (at least the western part of the state) that you had to be willing to do your outdoor activities in the rain/drizzle. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking.... all can be done in the rain.
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Alan - I lived in Bellingham for 3 years. I learned that in Washington (at least the western part of the state) that you had to be willing to do your outdoor activities in the rain/drizzle. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking.... all can be done in the rain.
Our daughter discovered this in her 2 years in Bellvue, although the time we visited her we had fabulous weather. However, that year when we visited Mt St Helens and had blue skies, there was also still snow meaning that we never got further than the visitor center at Silver Lake. I suspect this time we will get much further but not get the views as the forecast is for "heavy cloud, no rain".
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Well, so much for part of my hiking suggestion in the Tetons.

"In Grand Teton, the trail beyond Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point is closed and being rerouted so crews can replace bridges over Cascade Creek and rebuild the rocky ledge trails and steps that lead up to the popular Jenny Lake overlook."

Popular Yellowstone and Grand Teton trails closed for now
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