Yep, so far I am thinking Plan C was a good choice!

Today was day three of the vacation that should have found Michelle and I in the Nation’s Capitol, running around doing historical stuff, getting National Park Stamps and seeing things I had never seen before.  Instead we are on the Oregon Coast and relaxing away!

Michelle checked the weather last night, and found this map.

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Now we aren’t sure if DC is in the heavy rain or the severe storms or BOTH, but we know we are doing better here! 

After seeing that, I moved out to the deck of the room, as it was still toasty here at the coast.  This place does NOT get into the high 80s like it did yesterday.  As I looked out toward the water, I saw that we might be getting lucky with the sunset.

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Sure enough, as it sunk lower, it got even prettier!

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I decided to zoom in (and I want y’all to know I did NOT photoshop or enhance any of these pics) and the colors were amazing!

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No way we’d be seeing that in DC with the rain!  Later that night, since I forgot yo close the curtains, a bright light woke me up.  Turns out it was the moon!

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I am really hoping no one caught me in my underwear on the deck at 2 AM!

The morning came, and it was still nice, but thankfully cooler, so we headed south to Newport!  Newport happens to be the town in which Michelle was born, and one of my favorite places on the coast!

To get there, though, we have to go over Cape Foul Weather, famous for, you guessed it, crappy weather!  Winds have been clocked at 100 mph quite frequently there.  Personally I love stopping though.  There are the views

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And the silly store

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But most importantly we learned this today!

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Newport is everything it always is!  It has two lighthouses, though we only saw one from a distance this time

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But we love going downtown.  There’s the Bridge, that happens to be one of the last parts of HWY 101 completed.

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The working fishing fleet

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And today there was even a tall ship

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We did something a bit different this time.  Instead of going to the BEST BEER PLACE EVER

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Trust me, you can’t go wrong with Rogue ales!  Instead though, we went to MOs, famous for seafood!  I had a great Tuna Melt (caught in Newport) while Michelle had a crab avocado salad.  YUM!!  We will be hitting Rogue later in the trip though!

A trip to Newport is not complete, though, without checking out the sea lions that take over the docks down town.

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They can lie there quiet as can be, until one starts to shift or squawk, and that can set them all off!

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Something new was added.  This is a memorial to the Japanese tsunami of a few years ago.

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This is a piece of a dock that floated from Japan onto a beach near by, 2 summers ago.  It was huge and had to be cut into small pieces to dispose of it.  Of course we had to go see it back then!  and I climbed to the top

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So far the trip has been great!  Instead of going out for dinner, we kicked back in the room and I made grilled cheese sandwiches with the Tillamook garlic cheddar we bought.  DAMN good!

I also scored at a second-hand store.  I hate being at the ocean without binoculars!  Its harder to spot whales.  But no way in hell were we driving home from the airport to get them.  I found a pair for $7.80!  Not the best, but not a toy either!  Maybe I will donate them to the Cape Foulweather store as we leave!

I will say this, driving the coast is making men remember my bike trip here.  One year here soon, I will have to do that again!  And remember, if you get the chance, the Oregon coast is not to be missed!

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