Tuesday, July 21, 2009

We took a ride on the 3 Capes Scenic drive out of Tillamook today in the hopes of seeing part of this rugged and beautiful coastline. However, there was a very thick mist and fog that made for reduced viewing, so the coastline was not visible. Still, Rick and Cody were not deterred and can be seen here at the entry area to the Cape Meares Lighthouse. The fog was really thick and we could not see more than about 50'.

Driving south, all of a sudden the skies cleared and it was beautiful. This pattern seems common here on the coast with dense fog in one area and clear 1 mile away. We found ourselves in a large dunes area and Cody wanted to check it out.

Cody is out looking for pheasants, but could not find any around here. We did see several ATV riders, though.

Well, back to the drive. We did find a fun surprise in the Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery, which is run by a dedicated group of volunteers. They grow trout and salmon at this small, but pretty hatchery.

Cody was delighted with the drive to date and is eager to keep going.

Finally, we came around a corner and saw the coast -- clear and open. It is fun to see the coast without condos and other structures around. You can really understand how the beach looked to the first settlers in the area.

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