Oregon - August 2006

Camping on the Oregon coast in July and August
Our route Driving east from Astoria towards Warrenton and the KOA Tuomas and Johanna swimming in the KOA pool Our tents at the KOA (smaller one for Johanna and Tuomas) Flying a kite at a beach in Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens beach with wreck of the Peter Iredale in the background Tuomas enjoying the surprisingly warm water Tuomas floating his boat Johanna building a "sand man" Antti playing at the beach
Back in the tent at the KOA Tuomas and Antti playing in the big tent Looking south on the beach at Cape Lookout State Park - our second camp site Cape Lookout State Park Tuomas flying our biplane kite
Johanna flying a kite at Cape Lookout State Park More kite flying The beach at Cape Lookout State Park turned out to be ideal for flying a kite Heading back to the campsite for dinner Our tents at Cape Lookout State Park
Johanna and Tuomas resting in the tent Tuomas borrowing Johanna's scooter Cape Lookout State Park Tillamook Air Museum. It is housed in a former U.S. Navy hangar for blimps that were used for anti-submarine coast patrol and convoy escort during WW II. Johanna in the cockpit of an unknown airplane at the air museum
The PBY-5A Catalina A Cessna 180 Skywagon, which was actually the first light aircraft on the North Pole Johanna and Tuomas in an F-8J Crusader Tuomas, Johanna and Antti in a helicopter Douglas A-26 Invader
Douglas Commercial Three (DC-3) Mini Guppy. During the early 1960s, Aero Space Lines ballooned the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser's fuselage into a whale-like shape to carry spacecraft sections, resulting in planes like this one. Going for a visit at the Tillamook Cheese Factory Inside the cheese factory Back at the Cape Lookout State Park beach
This time we didn't fly kites and instead built sand castles Johanna gathering some wet sand Oregon 213 Tuomas and Johanna climbing up the dune Antti playing in the sand
Johanna and Antti digging a hole Roasting marshmallows for dessert At the Cape Mears lighthouse Cape Mears View from the lighthouse
Our third campsite was at Beachside State Recreation area, a bit south of Waldport. The beach was enormous, but the winds were almost too strong for our kites. Johanna flying a kite at the beach Tuomas' turn Dessert... Johanna at the Newport aquarium
Our fourth campsite was at the very tranquil Sunset Bay State Park, just southeast of Coos Bay At a beach close to Bandon, our southern-most point on the trip Tuomas heading for a cliff he wants to climb And there he goes... Oregon 352
Looking for ice cream in Bandon Bandon The beach at Sunset Bay State Park Tuomas and Antti climbing over the rocks at the Sunset Bay beach Tuomas on his way back to our camp site
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Eating lunch at the dunes on our way back up north Oregon 449 Antti on his way to play in the dunes Oregon 460 Johanna
Tuomas recording Johanna's visit to the Oregon dunes Oregon 473 Oregon 481 Oregon 491 A diversion from the coast to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville to see the Spruce Goose
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Inside the B-17 Tuomas inside the B-17 Antti in the play area (note the red Cheeks - it was really hot in McMinnville) A view of the museum from the second floor The front of the Spruce Goose
Our final campsite at Nehalem Bay State Park Playing in the dunes at Nehalem Bay Our campsite The airfield at Nehalem Bay State Park Johanna enjoying the ice cream at the Tillamook cheese factory
Antti enjoying his ice cream Tuomas eating orange ice cream! Back at the campground Johanna reading a book to Tuomas Oregon 717 Oregon 718
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