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Trip Report Report back on Oregon through to Utah

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Thanks for everyone giving tips on the best routes to take through Oregon to get to Salt Lake City. After being determined to take all your advice, none of it hapened!!

We drove up from California on route 5, as it was the fastest way to get up to Oregon. We headed out to the coast from 5 at Sutherlin, Oregon. But first, I can't say enough good things about the manager of the Dairy Queen at the exit from Route 5 that takes you out to the coast via 138. It was a hot day and we stopped for an ice cream cone. 82 miles later, once we arrived in Florence to look around, I realized I'd left my purse at the Dairy Queen. Amy, the manager, overnighted my purse, which luckily had been turned in, at no charge to me, although I'd offered to cover it. So please, give her your business if your ever in the area. What a sweetheart and what a good end to what could have been a nightmare! I'm certainly going to show up with something nice for her.

Back to the trip, we had read many things about staying in Yachats and Newport, but we ended up renting a house on the coast in Waldport, right in between. I'm not sure why it doesn't get much press. Being right between the two, we were able to go to Yachats for the Devil's Churn at Cape Perpetua and to the aquarium in Newport and Lincoln City for day trips. Waldport does have the distinction of having a wonderful beach for walking - all 7 miles of it. We had wonderful long beach walks and at low tide you could walk way out into the ocean and all the way to town. You can practically walk almost all the way to Yachats. There is a dock in town where you can catch crab and fish, and a place where they'll cook the crab for you. We didn't get any males big enough to keep though. We rented a very affordable house with a wonderful view of the ocean, Seabrook house, and had a lovely time watching the waves while having a glass of wine.

We had a great dinner in Newport at the Table of Content in the Sylvia Beach Hotel and everyone enjoyed their meal. We also had a good lunch in Newport at Local Ocean (at least I think that was the name). We then left for A party in Corvallis. Fodors posters had recommended royutes for us to get to Salt Lake City through the middle of the state. Given the incredible heat wave going on that week, as well as a time crunch, we were convinced to go up north to Portland and along the scenic Columbia river route. We enjoyed the shade especially, and did a short hike up to the top of Latourell (sp?) Falls, seeing the Vista House and walking along the gorge. We also stopped at the Discovery Center in the Dalles and even though I've never been all that interested in the Oregon Trail history, I found it to be really interesting. We ended up in La Grande that night at the Best Western; nothing to write home about, and did the scenic drive through the Wallowa Lake area and to the Hell's Canyon overlook the next day. We also stopped at the Oregon Trail interpretive Center and agreed that they'd done a really good job at giving you a good idea of the hardships the emigrants suffered.

We made it to Boise that night with the aim of getting to Salt Lake City the next day to pick up our friends at the airport. We took a bit of a detour when we saw the sign for the Hagerman Fossil Beds, since we hadn't been able to go to the John Day Fossil beds. I was disappointed to learn that you couldn't actually get to see the fossil beds unless you were a paleontologist, and darn, wouldn't you know it, I left my paleontologist license at home. I hate when that happens.

Anyways, we picked up our friends and headed out to Lake Powell where we keep a boat. I won't go into detail on that, but would be happy to answer anyone's questions on boating there or more regarding the Oregon Coast stay. Thanks again for all the suggestions and maybe I'll get to take your advice next time!!

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