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After 12 years of full-time rving, we've sold our truck and trailer but we're still traveling. Email us at wowpegasus@hotmail.com if you would like to contact us.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Washington Coast Drive

During my folks visit we decided to take a trip to the Washington coast. Our first stop was in South Bend to see the Pacific County Courthouse. When we got there, it was covered in scaffolding while undergoing renovations.

If you can read Roman numerals, you can see that it was built in 1910.

We walked into an entry way that lead to a rotunda. The entry way had some small murals. The doors leading off the rotunda each had a decoration like this over it.

This is the middle of the floor.

The stained glass dome roof. Notice the PC. Pacific County

The far door had curved stairs going up each side. Where they met the wall had a stained glass window with PC in it and there was stained glass above the landing.

The gardens had some nice shrubbery. Some Japanese maples too.

Looking out the front door.

Our drive continued and we came up on this crew replacing the reflectors in the middle of the road. You can see the guy reaching out to place the reflector in the puddle of tar he just sprayed.

We went to Nahcotta on the Long Beach Peninsula to see the Willapa Bay Interpretive Center but it was closed. The road to it was on the jetty where all the oyster boats come in. Anyone want an oyster shell?

Oyster boats in dock.

We wanted to eat our picnic lunch and were looking for a park with restrooms. There was a sign on the Interpretive Center telling us, so we thought, that the restrooms were by the Post office. Actually we all read it wrong. The park was by the Port Office just on the other side of the jetty.

After lunch we headed to Long Beach. Although it was sunny on the east side of the Peninsula, the beach was cloaked in fog. Very thick fog.

A few people were flying kites, some of which were huge!

The tide was out so we had to walk across the mud flats to get to the water.

When we came back from our walk, someone had hoisted this beautiful kite. It twirled around as the wind blew through it.

As we left Long Beach and headed south on Hwy 101, we entered the town of Seaview and I spotted this very, very interesting tree at the Lions Paw Bed and Breakfast. When we got home, I looked at the B&B's web site and found out the tree is a Monkey Puzzle Tree, a native of Brazil and Argentina.

Just look at all the cones on the top of the tree.

Look at the scaly "leaves".

And they rotated as they came down the branch.

I looked up the trunk of the tree and you could see how the bottom of the scales stayed attached to the branch after the leaf died. Kinda like palm tree fronds on the trunk.

Our drive continued south on Hwy 101 and we drove across the Columbia River to Astoria, OR. I believe the odometer reading was 2.5 miles across the river.

At one point the bridge arches to allow large boats to navigate the river.

The road curled around to this stop light where we headed east on US 30, the same road that goes through the Iowa town we lived in before becoming full-time rvers.

We followed US 30 until we could cross over this bridge to Longview, WA. There were several freighters on the water just before the bridge.

Wood was stacked along the river on both sides of the bridge.

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