not how much."
Robin Lee Graham
We left the state of Washington with reluctance, for there was still so much left on the plate to explore. I am sure we will return sooner than later, but when you have no agenda, no schedule and time is not of the essence, I can't help but feel bummed we missed a few explorations on the "list". But I have come to know that by being part of the "we", that list never ends. And Washington made it difficult for us to leave. We were stopped due to a massive gridlock on the Astoria-Megler Bridge as we crossed over the Columbia River into Oregon. It so happened that we were traveling on the closing day of the renowned "Rod Run to the End of the World" on the Long Beach Peninsula. This is a huge annual event that features a hot rod cruise, vintage car show, a slow drag, vendors and entertainment. Once we snail paced over the bridge, through Astoria and then finally south down Hwy 101, we were sailing.
Forty miles south of Astoria, we decided to stop at Nehalem Bay State Park. We had read great reviews, it was an Oregon state park and this was Sunday...so we probably would not have any problems finding a site. To our pleasant surprise, we found out the park is a few miles away from Hwy 101. Nehalem Bay State Park lies on a 4 mile long sand spit with a picturesque bay on one side and an ocean beach with scenic views of Neahkahnie Mountain on the other.
We were fortunate to get there early enough to secure a long nice site as there was a line to get in and the campground was almost sold out from reservations. Never would have guessed that in this 3-loop, 265 site park after Labor Day.
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