Last weekend Eric came to visit me in Portland and I took Monday off from work to see a bit of the Oregon Coast, which I've been dying to since I moved here. Of course it helps if it's not rainy and cloudy all the time and the summer is actually here. On Saturday, we took a walk in the Pearl and went to the Pittock Mansion near Washington Park. Here's the postcard-picture of Portland I see in every search! Now I know where it's coming from...
La scorsa settimana Eric e' venuto a trovarmi a Portland e abbiamo girato per la citta' e visitato la costa per un paio di giorni. La vista sopra e' quella che si vede in quasi tutte le cartoline di Portland, sopra Washington Park. Mount Hood e' la montagna incappucciata di neve, solitaria, in lontananza. Vulcano non attivo, o almeno speriamo :)
Abbiamo visitato parecchi parchi statali sulla costa. Quello qui sotto si chiama Cape Lookout, e nonostante il tempo fosse un po' nuvoloso e freddino, e' davvero uno spettacolo. I campeggi erano tutti pieni, come si rispetti nel pieno della stagione estiva.
On our way from Portland to Wheeler, where we were staying, we stopped at a few State Parks. The one below (and above) is Cape Lookout. The weather was still a bit cloudy and foggy, but I love the coast even more when it's like that.Le uniche persone che si vedono sono quelle in lontananza... Sono passati i giorni delle spiagge semiaffollate di San Diego. Anche quando e' piena estate qui, pare che quasi non ci sia nessuno! E per Elisa che e' venuta a trovarmi, anche San Diego era decisamente lontana anni luce da Rimini e Riccione!
Next stop: Symons State Park and the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge (I don't have to explain the name, right??). The sun started coming out from the blankets of clouds and it turned into a beautiful afternoon, sunny and warm. I think the wind really helped because all of a sudden, when Eric took some pictures, I turned into this crazy-hair person where I might have had a wig on and I have looked just the same. :)
La prossima fermata e' stata il Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. In pratica, tre enormi rocce che spuntano dall'oceano. Il sole e' spuntato dalle nuvole e all'improvviso e' diventato caldo e soleggiato. Solo un tantino ventoso! Basta vedere la foto dei miei capelli qui sotto.
When we stopped at Tillamook to visit the Cheese factory, we both really like the Squeaky Cheese Curds (which we didn't buy, unfortunately, because the line was way too long for us!). The sign below says "Sneaker Waves", so Eric thought it was a really good word combination and title of the trip: "Squeaky Cheese and Sneaky Waves".
After spending the night in this cute lodge in Wheeler, we continued up the coast to Cannon Beach, where we saw Haystack Rock (here below). It's the third tallest intertidal monolith in the world. Eric was pretty adamant about bringing a big white drop cloth I had in the car (clean, by the way) with him on our walk. The reason is about to reveal itself in the next pictures... (I didn't bring any towel on this trip).
Here below is what a man from Alaska can do on a beach in Northern Oregon where most people (but not kids!) are wearing rainproof jackets and hats... swim!
In Astoria, there is a 164-steps very tall column that sits on top of a park and overlooks the whole city (I counted the steps). A guy on the top was flying a litte wood glider and video recording it. It took a long time for that little plane to reach the bottom of the hill :) After that, we headed back to Portland for a few more days or work for me and sleep for Eric. Great mini-vacation!