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03/23/2014 12:28:46 PM · #1
If you do decide to go up north more make sure you stop by Pacific City in Oregon just south of Tillamook. It is a beautiful beach with a great brewpub right on the sand. There are other great spots around Tillamoook; Netarts, the cheese factory, air museum, Blue Heron French Cheese Company, Sand Lake, a lighthouse or too, and Seaside will be a great place for the kids.

I am from Washington State and live in AZ now. My wife is from Portland. We make the drive almost every year.
03/21/2014 01:49:09 AM · #2
That should be a nice trip, but think I'd cut across Hwy 8, and visit San Diego instead of going through Riverside. I think it's a prettier route. My wife and I drive the 8 to the 10 through Tucson, and into New Mexico often. The saguaro are spectacular between Casa Blanca & Gila Bend, AZ. Southern California beaches can be hit or miss in June. We get what is referred to locally as June Gloom. As the deserts heat up, the marine layer gets sucked inland, and often the beaches are foggy. It's probably the cloudiest month of the year on this part of the Pacific coast.

We drove to Seattle a couple of years ago to catch a cruise ship to Alaska. On the way home, we came mostly along the coast, similar to your route. I was surprised (and a little disappointed) at just how crowded the roads were in Oregon. I had pictures of quaint little towns sitting along the coast in Oregon. What we got were hours of stop and go traffic...sorry for that, I hope you have a wonderful trip!
03/21/2014 01:19:05 AM · #3
BTW, Depoe Bay is where they filmed the fishing scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
03/21/2014 01:17:29 AM · #4
I would recommend hitting highway 1 just after crossing the Golden Gate. Muir Woods is just down the road from that turn off. Also, Point Reyes/Tomales Bay is right up the road and you will go around it on the route you have. There is a nice little place to stay on the Bay in Inverness called Motel Inverness. That is one of my favorite places on earth. Good photo ops all around.

You will drive through my hometown of Centralia. There is a good Mexican place, Casa Ramos, right off the highway. Instead of the way you are coming to I-5 you call also stay on the coast and go through some great country and the end of the Lewis and Clark trail. You can either drive up to Raymond, Wa ad cut over or go into Aberdeen and go into Olympia from there.

If you got the route you have you should take some time to see the Columbia River Gorge just east of Portland for great waterfalls.
03/21/2014 12:38:45 AM · #5
Sounds like a full on trip with no rest for the wicked!!
03/21/2014 12:33:54 AM · #6
Oh trust me, it is the dress that draws more interest than me !
03/21/2014 12:20:01 AM · #7
I was just yankin' your chain, Juliet :-)
03/20/2014 11:58:17 PM · #8
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by JulietNN:

Originally posted by tanguera:

Are you even slowing down at L.A. or are you zipping by...?

:(

Nope I can surely stop by, why, wanna do a workshop??? =)

Depends how much you'll pay her, I imagine :-)


LOL< I am not paying a thing, if we do a workshop then it is 50/50, sorry being published n Vogue Italia, V UK and Japanese Vogue, then NT Geo means people pay . Actually, I think they would just pay for the black dress and not me LOL

I am now at the point that I am thinking of getting a small UHaul thingy to bring all the dresses up to Sequim and then Hawaii.

big gamble, and I have never won on a gamble.

The only thing set in stone is, that I am Depoe Bay by the 29th June. Kids get out of school on the 23rd of May.

we shall see! =|
03/20/2014 11:50:49 PM · #9
Originally posted by JulietNN:

Originally posted by tanguera:

Are you even slowing down at L.A. or are you zipping by...?

:(

Nope I can surely stop by, why, wanna do a workshop??? =)

Depends how much you'll pay her, I imagine :-)
03/20/2014 11:50:36 PM · #10
Originally posted by antares1966:

A couple or three side trips:

Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, near Florence, OR.
I think this may be too late for your time frame, but Sequim has a lavender festival the third weekend of July every year, they are a major producer of lavender.
If you have the time I would really recommend you go from Sequim up the road to Port Angeles and from there take the road up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, some very nice vistas there and great photography opportunities!


Was looking at the lavender fields, but that is more into the middle of July. I am going to take my own time going from Depoe Bay to Sequim, so I can take 2 weeks to mooch about! Already going to that forest of fantasy, (rain Forest) perfect opportunity for a paid workshop up there!!!
03/20/2014 11:47:06 PM · #11
Originally posted by tanguera:

Are you even slowing down at L.A. or are you zipping by...?

:(


Nope I can surely stop by, why, wanna do a workshop??? =)
03/20/2014 06:41:07 PM · #12
A couple or three side trips:

Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, near Florence, OR.
I think this may be too late for your time frame, but Sequim has a lavender festival the third weekend of July every year, they are a major producer of lavender.
If you have the time I would really recommend you go from Sequim up the road to Port Angeles and from there take the road up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, some very nice vistas there and great photography opportunities!

03/20/2014 04:44:11 PM · #13
Are you even slowing down at L.A. or are you zipping by...?

:(
03/20/2014 03:12:15 PM · #14
If it were up to me, I'd stick you in Big Sur for the whole time, to relax and commune with the great photographers. Let me know if you are gonna do anything more than drive through on the way up the coast, and we'll talk. If it's just a drive-by (and it's a MUST to at least do that), then plan your timing to eat a meal at Nepenthe, which has been there forever and was a favored hangout of writers and artists for a long time. It's somewhat more upscale now, but it's absolutely stunning. Check out the shop downstairs too, for genuine local crafts. The art community ofat Big Sur is exceptionally talented.
03/20/2014 02:45:04 PM · #15
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Oh Yeeeeah! I'm in! Give me some dates you plan on being up near Seattle - maybe we can get a Seattle GTG going.


I have to be in Depoe Bay by the 29th, Seattle is only 300 odd miles, so anytime after that would be great!
03/20/2014 02:44:06 PM · #16
Originally posted by sfalice:

Originally posted by C_Steve_G:

Originally posted by Melethia:

Alice is an excellent tour guide!


Yeah she is...

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And for a change, I am quite sure the car was stopped at the time.


Drive by Shoot GTG's!! LOL
03/20/2014 02:43:36 PM · #17
Planning on hitting a zillion beaches on the way, gotta get some surfing shots in as I havent in a year or so!

would love a Seattle GTG
or San Fran
or anywhere really
03/19/2014 02:22:19 PM · #18
Just got this nice shot from the ISS) of the California coast ... Big Sur is about where the words "Pacific Ocean" appear (the "wavy" part of the coast) ...
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03/19/2014 10:45:19 AM · #19
Originally posted by C_Steve_G:

Originally posted by Melethia:

Alice is an excellent tour guide!


Yeah she is...

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And for a change, I am quite sure the car was stopped at the time.
03/19/2014 10:17:44 AM · #20
Well, I have to be in Depoe bay by the 29th, so I can leave May 29th if I wanted. Then it is just 300 miles to Sequim WA, so will have a week or two between that till I go to the photo shoot in HI, land back in WA, on the 29th then pick up kids and drive solidly for 3 days to get them back to school on time ! eekk

SO a GTG works for me anytime

03/19/2014 12:08:47 AM · #21
Originally posted by Melethia:

Alice is an excellent tour guide!


Yeah she is...

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03/18/2014 11:34:12 PM · #22
Alice is an excellent tour guide!
03/18/2014 11:24:14 PM · #23
well, when you get close to San Francisco, holler! I would very much look forward to meeting you...and showing off 'my town.'
Alice
03/18/2014 11:02:34 PM · #24
Oh Yeeeeah! I'm in! Give me some dates you plan on being up near Seattle - maybe we can get a Seattle GTG going.
03/18/2014 11:00:41 PM · #25
Originally posted by JulietNN:

Coatal Road Trip

Link doesn't show up correctly on my (old) computers (blurry, no navigation available), but if you're driving up the Pacific Coast Highway you should get info from Bear_Music -- he is very familiar with the area ... I've been able to take a couple of photo excursions with him in the Big Sur/Monterey area. Hearst Castle is pretty amazing, but probably also pretty expensive, and you may well need reservations, and even when I went (decades ago) there were three separate tours from which you had to pick. A classic spot for photography in the region is Point Lobos State Preserve between Big Sur and Monterey. The Asilomar Conference center is also nearby, and if you do the Hearst Castle thing it might make for an interesting comparison, as both were designed by Julia Morgan, perhaps the country's most famous female architect.

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Photos from my trips with Bear (many from the Monterey Bay Aquarium) are here:
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