Up the Oregon Coast

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We left Portland for a weekend in Astoria and decided to take the coastal route. Our first night was spent at the Big Spruce RV Park in Netarts Bay. This is definitely worth a return trip. The park is small, but quiet (at least when we were there) and we took a pull through spot near the entrance. Right across the street was the marina, so we walked over and enjoyed some climbing around on the boulders. There were lots of empty crab shells and a pair of seagulls seemed to enjoy watching the few people from their roost on a log.

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The sights and sounds of the bay were soothing, as the ocean usually is to me, and we walked up the beach, past beachfront homes and back down to the water. A handy piece of driftwood made for convenient seating for abuelo and some of our party continued even farther up the beach, hoping to see some whales. No such luck, but they did get a tip for whale viewing the following morning.

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In spite of being well stocked with provisions in the rv, we couldn’t resist the lure of The Schooner. The covered and wind screened patio offers spectacular views of the bay and the gas fire pit in the center of the table gave us all the atmosphere we required. Fresh caught clam chowder provided the perfect meal to end the day, and relaxing in front of the fire with warm drinks, taking in the sunset over the bay, we barely made it back to camp in time to drift off to sleep.

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In the morning, we checked out and drove into town to find the recommended spot for whale watching. Though we were there with plenty of time to spare, the whales did not indulge us, so we continued on up the coast, stopping briefly at Neahkahnie to stretch our legs and observe distant seals diving and swimming in the waters below. A caterpillar was rescued from the sidewalk and deposited on a branch.

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Our lunch stop was at Cullaby Lake. The park has nice trails, an old log cabin (unfortunately not open when we were there) and a nice children’s playground.

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We drove through Astoria, but having already visited the famous column on a previous trip, we decided the rest of the town was too busy for the relaxation we craved, and we drove back to Fort Stevens State Park, where we grabbed a great campsite for a few nights.

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