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    man, that steak was good

    by richiecdisc Updated Oct 29, 2009

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    Favorite thing: You have to see Crater Lake to believe it. The feeling you get when you come over the rim to first catch a glimpse of it is really on a par with the Grand Canyon. In some ways, it's even better as you don't have the high expectations to contend with.

    Fondest memory: In 1994, Kristin, a long time girlfriend, and I were traveling around the US. We were on a tight budget and camping to save money. Of course, that budget seemed to hold no weight when it came to going to brewpubs. We had just discovered them and we hit 120 on that trip. Gas was cheap back then so we thought very little of driving hundreds of miles out of our way to find the perfect beer. Deschutes was reputed to be one of the very best in the Pacific Northwest so there was little question we would make the excursion to Bend where it was located. The scenery on the way out was as amazing as unexpected, a stark and bone dry contrast to the lush coastline.

    The pub was great but the best part was we befriended a local sitting at the bar. He kept telling us we should try the Filet Mignon and that we shouldn't even think of camping. It was already late September and though it was quite warm during the day, he said it would be absolutely freezing at night. We were quite seasoned campers at that point so we gave little thought to his accommodation suggestion but we did decide to treat ourselves to the Filet after so many months on the road. The steak was fabulous and he was amused to watch us wolf it down hungrily. We enjoyed a few more beers with him but he eventually took off, warning one more time for us to get a room.

    Room or campground we needed to get going as it was late and as he had promised, cold. I asked the bartender for our bill and he explained it was already taken care of. Our friend had treated us to dinner. I knew I should have taken that money and used it for a room but I was a lot more stubborn in those days than I am now. We camped and it was freezing. The next morning as I broke down the tent, my hands stung from the aluminum poles. I couldn't help but think of him. Man, that steak was good. I guess I should have known the local always knows best.

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  • The Great Northwest

    by mattw Updated Aug 15, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The entire Oregon coast is beautiful. I also suggest the Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge, and the city of Portland as other great places to visit. Although July and August are the only months with lots of sunshine, all the rain makes the state extremely beautiful.

    For more details send me a message!

    Fondest memory: Hiking up small waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountain range. The lush forests smell great and the water is very clear.

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    Portland

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 4, 2007

    Favorite thing: Beautiful Portland is known as one of the friendliest cities in the U.S. If you fly into the state, chances are you'll land here. Besides having great views of Mount Hood, Portland has some hidden gems of its own, including several rose gardens, a spectacular Japanese Garden and brewpubs aplenty.

    For more information, feel free to browse my Portland page.

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    Waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge.

    by worldkiwi Written Jan 10, 2007

    Favorite thing: Along the historic Columbia River Highway are several picturesque waterfalls. The biggest and most visited natural attraction in Oregon, is the Multnomah Falls. See my 'Things to do' section for more information. Here are some more pictures of the Multnomah Falls and one of the Bridal Veil waterfall.

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    Killing time in Brookings.

    by worldkiwi Written Jan 10, 2007

    Favorite thing: I stopped in Brookings, the last major town before California to linger in Oregon and after making the mistake of ordering lunch at The Hungry Clam down on the waterfront, I really did get to linger in Oregon. On Saturday morning there is a market on the waterfront selling local wares. It makes for a minor diversion if you fancy a stroll in Brookings.

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    Sealions for free!

    by worldkiwi Written Jan 10, 2007

    Favorite thing: Just south of Heceta Head is the tourist operation called "The Sea Lion Caves". Several people warned me that this was a bit of a rip-off and when I saw that it was about $US15 or something, I decided to skip it. Well, when I pulled over on highway 101, just south of Heceta Head to take a picture of the lighthouse from afar, in a layby, just before the Sea Lion Caves, I was pleased to see, when I looked down at the rocks and surf below me, sealions! Several were lounging on rocks and others were bobbing about in the waves. It was a great view and all for free!

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    Memorable placenames on the coast.

    by worldkiwi Written Jan 10, 2007

    Favorite thing: Along the southern stretch of the Oregon Coast is the memorably named Mount Humbug. I would guess that this large lump of land rising suddenly up on the coast, is an old volcano. It is one of the rare spots on the coast that highway 101 deviates significantly from its maritime route. This photograph is from the south.

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    The McCullough Bridge, Northbend.

    by worldkiwi Written Jan 10, 2007

    Favorite thing: This bridge is an impressive sight as you drive into Northbend/Coos Bay, the largest urban settlement on the southern part of the Oregon Coast. Named after the designer of the fine bridges dotted all the way along the coast, this bridge, although not as graceful as the Yaquina Bay Bridge and others, is very imposing.

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    A brief stop in Waldport.

    by worldkiwi Written Jan 10, 2007

    Favorite thing: I stopped in Waldport to change some travellers cheques at the bank there, as I had left Newport before the banks opened. I also wanted to photograph the Alsea Bay Bridge. Unlike many of the grand Conde McCullough designed bridges on the coast, the Alsea Bay Bridge was not built in the 1930s or even designed by the aforementioned engineer-supreme. The current-day Alsea Bay Bridge actually replaced one of McCullough’s masterpieces. I liked the feel of sleepy little Waldport on the Oregon Coast.

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    Stop everywhere!

    by bicycle_girl Written Dec 11, 2006

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    Favorite thing: On the coast, there is lots of opportunities for beach walk, for a picture, for a picnic, or a walk in the forest. Stop everywhere, you never know what you will find! Be sure to keep your camera handy and to get out there. Don't stay in the car...

    Fondest memory: I don't have a BEST memory. All the time I spent on the coast was just wonderful.

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    Weird almost paranormal on the Oregon coast

    by andreas81 Updated Sep 28, 2006

    Favorite thing: Who cares what my favorite thing is? ....check out this shot of the green flash at sunset my friend in Newport took!! Really rare....freaky thing. Especially considering it happened THROUGH the clouds. it's not supposed to do that.

    He also got a shot of the "green rays" at sunset as well....which is on www.beachconnection.net at the moment.

    He also got on TV....on the Oregon Coast Show for this.

    the photo is by Bob Trusty of Village Market & Deli in Newport, by the way.

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    Bridges of the Oregon Coast.

    by worldkiwi Written Sep 23, 2006

    Favorite thing: There are some spectacularly graceful bridges along the Oregon Coast. Most of the largest and grandest bridges were designed by Conde McCullough and built in the 1930s. To imagine such imposing and beautiful bridges being built along a coast that must have been even less populated then is quite amazing. The Yaquina Bay Bridge was my favourite. Any city would be quite proud to sport a bridge such as this!

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    Portland is a city of bridges.

    by worldkiwi Written Sep 20, 2006

    Favorite thing: Portland, astride the broad Willamette River, possess some interesting old bridges. The oldest is the Hawthorne Bridge, which has a section that can be raised to let barges and river shipping pass. I drove across this bridge several times in a very short stay (not always intentionally)!
    On my last morning in Portland, I somehow managed to find a way down to the almost cloistered off eastern river front, through gritty factory areas and under the noisy and ugly I5 to get some photos of the city and river. I had good luck to time my arrival at the river's edge with the raising of the Hawthorne Bridge to allow a barge to head downstream.

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    The Way to Find Good Food

    by Hopkid Written Jul 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you're tired of the same chain fast food choices that congregate around most interstate exits, do what we do. On some interstates there are signs that indicate "Historic Downtown District" or something to that effect. Often times there is at least one local diner-type restaurant that serves up homecooked comforted food in such areas. If hungry, we've followed these signs to just those types of restaurants that serve up dishes that are tasty, quick, inexpensive, and certainly better than the tired offerings at most fast food joints. Give it a try some time!

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    Beer

    by Rickman77 Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you are a fan of beer then the Pelican Pub and Brewery is a must visit.

    The pub serves as a brewhouse and resturaunt right on the beach in Pacific City, Oregon.

    They produce world famous beers that have won awards all over the globe. They have many Gold Medal and Grand Championships to their credit in recent years from some of the most prestigious beer festivals in the world.

    Fondest memory: For a list of awards, beers that are currently in season, directions, phone number, and a menu visit their web site.

    http://www.pelicanbrewery.com/

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