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On Monday, I needed to open up my roof top tent and awning to dry it out since I had to store it after a night of camping in the rain. I was hoping for a dry day and a little bit of the infamous Ellensburg breeze to help dry things out. However, first thing in the morning, the weather did nor cooperate with my plans.
My dog could care less what the weather was doing. She was exhausted after four days on the road.
Finally, by Noon, we had a break in the weather and the snow quickly melted away. The sun came out and a little breeze started blowing, perfect conditions for drying things out.
The final leg of our road trip to the Oregon coast is complete. My daughter is downstairs watching a movie, I’m in bed typing the last blog post for this trip on my iPhone and the dog is snoring on her bed. Home Sweet Home.
After leaving Eugene, Oregon earlier today, other than a few stops for gas and food, we drove straight through to our home near Ellensburg, Washington.
Our last day on the road. We’re leaving behind the Oregon Coast and we’re on our way home to Ellensburg, Washington.
We woke up to pitter-patter of rain drops on the roof top tent while camping at the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park. Luckily it stopped raining long enough to walk the dog, make a pot of coffee for the road and fold everything up. I’ll have to dry out the tent and awning when I get home.
From Florence, we took Highway 126 east, first following the scenic Siuslaw River, then through the Coast Range until our arrival in Eugene. It rained pretty much the whole way along Highway 126.
I just checked the weather conditions for Santiam Pass, and it doesn’t look like a good day for traveling that direction. Combine the weather with my daughter being tired means we’re going to be taking the most direct home, via I5 to Portland and East on I84.
Onward we go towards home.
After eating our lunch at South Beach State Park, we continued south on US101. Along the way, we stopped at several small town antique shops. My daughter eventually found an old dress that the shopkeeper discounted 50% off the regular price.
We continued on along the coast until we stopped at Cape Cove to get a peak at the Heceta Head Lighthouse. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a clear view from the parking area and my daughter wasn’t in the mood for the 1/2 mile hike up the road to the lighthouse.
It turned out to be a beautiful day along the Oregon coast.
After driving through Newport, we stopped at South Beach State Park for lunch.
Along the way, we stopped at a couple of antique shops.
Onward down the coast we go.