After leaving the Portland area, we headed west towards Astoria, a sleepy fishing town on the northwestern tip of Oregon.
Just south of Astoria we stopped at the Lewis and Clark national historic park. We learned about the captains journey and how the wildlife and waterways made a great choice for a winter camp, Fort Clatsop.
One of the park rangers suggested we become junior park rangers in order to "earn" our stamp and patch for the park. So we completed the exercises and took our oath to protect and serve the park system ( easy for us)!
We continued south through Cannon Beach and Seaside, to Tillamook ( home of the Tillamook cheese company), camping at Cape Lookout state park along the ocean.
We had a quiet evening and even a few furry raccoon visitors after sundown.
This morning we continued south to Florence, visiting the worlds largest sea lion cave.
We decided to head east towards the mountains in Eugene and then onto Bend where we lay our heads this evening.
Tomorrow is Crater Lake National Park!