Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Weekend At The Coast

The gently bobbing and winding road offers spectacular sites of alternating sandy beaches and the rugged volcanic coastline, I wrote here.

We love the pristine Oregon coastline, and our favorite drive is along highway 101 from Florence to Depoe Bay. The drama is unparalleled, and we never tire of it even though we usually visit several times a year.

Sunshine was forecast for this past Sunday, thus our plan was to walk along the beach and look for stones. However, our arrival Saturday afternoon was met by a gray and misting rainy day that continued through Sunday. When we departed Monday afternoon, the winds were clocked at 40 mph and forecast for 70 mph by evening. Reports yesterday morning indicated that highways were closed near Seaside, Oregon due to winds in excess of 80 mph.

However, we came equipped: a few books, dinner to prepare, as well as our coffee and breakfast items. Being able to sit together and watch flocks of birds and the waves come crashing in upon the lava beds is something we love to do, and that we did.