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Coast Guard Rescue and Nehalem​ Bay

Tuesday morning we found ourselves with several hours to explore Fort Stevens before driving to nearby Nehalem Bay State Park to meet Clara and her friend Lia later in the afternoon.

We drove to the South Jetty observation tower to spot ships crossing the Columbia River bar and arrived just in time to witness the United States Coast Guard rescue a teen stranded on a sandbar at flood tide. A gaggle of birders flocked with the Oregon Park Rangers, the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, the Warrenton Fire Department, and the Warrenton Police Department to watch the rescue unfold.

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MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria

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Watching the rescue with Park’s Department and Sheriff’s Department

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USCG helicopter maneuvering over South Jetty

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Post-rescue prepping for landing

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Landing to let teen reunite with his family

After the excitement was over we turned our attention to the surfers catching late morning waves along the jetty.

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Looking south on Clatsop Spit

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Surfer heading out

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Catching a wave off Clatsop Spit

Oregon_Coast - 22We walked the trail out to the South Jetty for a better view of the Columbia River and to spot endangered migrating brown pelicans.

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The trail to bird nesting area

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Brown pelicans

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Brown pelicans over South Jetty

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We packed up our site and headed south on Highway 101 towards Seaside, Oregon as we waited for our check-in time at Nehalem Bay State Park. We hadn’t been to Seaside in well over 15 years. We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon wandering through town and grabbing a quick lunch before heading to Nehalem Bay.

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Beach at Seaside, Oregon

We arrived at Nehalem State Park with plenty of time to trick out our campsite with hammocks, chairs around the firepit, a canopy over our tableclothed picnic table, candles and fairy lights and a regulation cornhole game set. Clara and Lia arrived in their Volt from their first road trip just in time for dinner.

After dinner, we walked over to check out the horse campsites. Not being equestrians, we didn’t know camping with horses in a state park was a thing. But apparently, it is. And the sites looked really nice.

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Horse Camp? Who knew?!

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Campsite Corral

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Camping with horses

With wine glasses in hand and sand in our shoes, we navigated our way through trails of tall grasses across the dunes to the beach at Nehalem Spit for sunset.

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Clara and Lia through the dunes

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Dunes of Nehalem Spit

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Beach at Nehalem Spit

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Clara and Lia

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Tawny, Clara, and Marc

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Riding into the sunset

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Heading back to camp

As the sun set the temperature dropped and the marine layer quickly rolled onshore like a foggy quilt to tuck us in for the night. We kept it at bay with Lia’s pyro-maniacal campfire-making skills complete with toasty s’mores. It was a sweet ending to an already sweet day.

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Lia the “Fire Queen”!

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Clara roasts a perfect marshmallow



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GART Day 25: Baby Squirrels

We took a full day to unpack, clean, and store our camper. There isn’t much to blog about today because I’m sparing you details on the 11 loads of laundry, the hours of washing and vacuuming the car and trailer, the unpacking and repacking of gear, the sorting of what stays in the camper and what goes home or storage, the cleaning of gutters and yard work at the cabin….

Speaking of yard work…I was trimming back branches from the house when I realized two babies squirrels were trying to find a way back up to the drey under our upstairs deck they had earlier emerged from. Apparently I had cut back the branches they used as a bridge from the trees to their home. On advice of our local pest control and animal advocacy company I built them a small bridge from the trees back to the porch so they can return home. They assured me in a few weeks the squirrels (who are just now exploring from the drey) will move on and pest control will come back, remove the drey, and fix the hole.



We saw so many wild animals at the coast this stay. It was interesting having driven across so much of the country to see buffalo, antelope, elk and wolves, while I have an abundance of wildlife in my own backyard. On this one day I saw two baby squirrels, 27 deer, one rabbit, and a bald eagle. While the places we visited on the Great American Road Trip were beautiful, inspiring, and full of nature, it made me appreciate the beauty and nature of my own backyard. The only difference is that the rest of America seems to benefit from better weather. Returning to the Pacific Northwest brought us clouds, rain, and daytime highs in the upper 50s; temperatures and precipitation we hadn’t seen in nearly a month – as if the Pacific Northwest was welcoming us home.

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