Road Trip – Along HWY 101

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust


Brian asked what I would like to do for my 60th birthday, trip to Ireland, Italy, Hawaii perhaps? Actually no. What I wanted was to explore some of the west coast between Seattle and Bodega Bay. I wanted the opportunity to stop and take pictures along the way. I wanted a road trip. And that’s exactly what we did. We were gone 9 days and took tons of photos, which is taking some time to process. However, I thought I could at least start sharing some of the trip with you. The first area we spent time taking pictures is an area along HWY 101 called South Bend.


This is a quiet fishing community. We were here early in the morning so not many people out and about yet, but I get the impression that though everyone probably knows everyone else, folks most likely keep to themselves.


This town was a little too quiet for my taste, but I’m sure you will agree, the area is quite beautiful.


If I wanted to get away for a quiet retreat, I’m thinking this town would be the place.


Brian & I probably spend an hour or so taking pictures here before moving on. Our next stop was Long Beach, WA, named because they have a very, very long stretch of beach…


And not much else. Even the Seagulls looked bored!


We moved on to Astoria, OR where we saw the Goonies house and stopped here at the Bowpicker for lunch.


I know it doesn’t look like much, but they serve the best fish & chips I’ve ever had. they use Albacore Tuna for the fish. Very limited menu, basically just fish & chips! If you are ever in Astoria, this is a must do for your lunch.

I will be sharing more of the road trip in bite-sized pieces over the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by.

I hope your travels have filled your heart with joy.


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11 Responses to Road Trip – Along HWY 101

  1. I can’t wait, looking forward to more and the travels, now I will be wanting fish and chips for lunch the rest of the day. Love the landscapes especially the old boat, great comp. The fog rising awesome such a wonderful area. Love the header

  2. Jana says:

    Oh fun, we get to do a virtual trip with you! – Can’t wait to see more! Thanks for taking us along!- JBV

  3. Darlene says:

    Thank you for sharing. I love your photos and I would love to visit one day – the quiet foggy towns are for me.
    The Goonies love that movie.
    love the old fishing boat next to red boathouse or barn.
    I love traveling through your eyes.
    great shots

  4. Sylvia says:

    Your photos are gorgeous, Carol, such wonderful places !
    Looks like you both had a great road trip !
    Have a nice evening,

  5. What a lovely way to spend 9 days. And to get to stop along the way and take pictures….oooh that would be a dream. I have been to the La Push area of WA before and it is just beautiful. That was many years ago though…decades even.

  6. Dotti says:

    Quiet? Maybe. Beautiful? Definitely! I loved following you on IG while you were traveling so I look forward to more here on your blog.

  7. Sheila says:

    What a wonderful vacation. These images are lovely – you really captured the quiet beauty of these places. Happy Birthday 🙂

  8. June says:

    These are wonderful, Carol! I love a road trip! You’ve captured the essence of that fishing village. Nicely done. Oh, and the yawning seagull? just perfect!

  9. Sharon says:

    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos, Carol. I don’t know this area of the world, but clearly I’m missing out! The restaurant on the boat is fascinating. And I really love the daisies along the shore. I’m looking forward to more of your artful images. Glad you had such a relaxing trip!

  10. Radish says:

    Thanks for the photos. I love that trip and will do it next month. I hope you got to go to some of the places just the north side of the Columbia river. What a vista that is. We usually go from Seattle to Arcata in two or three days, and that is not leasurely enough.

  11. Becca says:

    Looks wonderful to me! We are still having fun exploring the Washington coast and other local areas! I suppose someday I’d love to see Italy, but currently, I am just so happy and content with the beauty that surrounds me. Must be from being stuck in the desert for so long. 🙂

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