On the way to Waldport we drove around the three capes where peter had cycled the day before. This time it was a totally different scene as we set off before the early morning mist had cleared. Some of the pictures Peter took yesterday looked completely different today covered in mist. we couldn't even see some of the coastline the mist was so thick and we were only feet away.
further down the coast was an area called Sand Lake and here a vast portion of the State Park has been swamped by sand, making a very strange environment. Looking at it was similar to being in a skiing area in a pine forest but instead of snow it was sand, tons and tons of it. The area was so vast that part of the Park has been made into a riding area for Quad Bikes and the like. The campground in the park was full of campers and their bikes, sometimes the whole familiy had a bike each and they would go off together riding the dunes without fear of causing harm or a nuisance to anyone else.
Travelling down the coastal route we had difficulty most nights in finding places to stay as it is still the school holidays and everyone in Oregon seems to want to be at the wonderful coastline. There are many, many state parks with camping and all of them had signs outside saying campground full. We eventually stopped in Waldport right by the sea on a lovely sunny afternoon but by evening it was quite chilly and once more the sea fog rolled in. One minute we could see the sea 200 yards away and the next we couldn't see it at all.
We went out again on our bikes along the coast the next day which started off hazy, cleared up and then went foggy and then cleared up again, what we had come to know as typical coastal weather. Once more the coastline was dramatic with may cutouts in the rocks where the sea rushed in making huge blow holes with the water shooting hundreds of fee into the air. We took lots of breaks at viewing points and went to the visitor centre and watched a couple of films about the geology and nature of the area and a really interesting talk about grey whales. You can often see grey whales just of the coast as they migrate from Mexico to Alaska and back again. there is so much to see and do here it is our favourite place so far on the trip and a fantastic place. We hadd not read much before coming about Oregon but each day we are stunned by the awesome scenery.