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Wanderlust cured’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 17 Oct 2009

Location: Long Beach to Cannon Beach, USA

MapRain, Rain - go AWAY!

I didnt want to leave the big bed this morning and go back into the rain but we would be in the car driving most of the day so I talked myself into packing up. We drove to Cape Disappointment as the rain eased a little and got out for the mile walk to the lighthouse. It was blowing a gale sideways and the coast line was getting beaten by the huge waves crashing onto it. Quickly back to the van just as the rain started again.
Portland markets was the desination today, we crossed the Columbia River (which bascially divides Washington and Oregon) on a huge 365foot high bridge. Drove through miles of rainforest while the rain continued its unrelenting campaign to drop all the winters rain into a few days. The markets were wonderful, the people here are obviously no strangers to getting wet so we did the same. I purchased some beautiful artwork which is only made by painting numbers and a t-shirt of Buddha rubbing his own belly, his other hand in a peace sign :) A sticker of a push bike and the slogan "bikes will save the planet" completed my purchases today. The clouds started breaking up and the sunshine bore down onto Portland as we drove away. I am adamnant not to miss very much of the Pacific Coast at all, so off we went back to almost where we had come from through more beautiful rainforest and heaps of fall leaves everywhere. We arrived in Cannon Beach just as the shops were closing, got some travel brochures and found a camping spot. J isnt very well ( i think the cold from digging out Lester got to him yesterday) so not sure what is up tomorrow. Im hoping I can hike some of Ecola State Park which is supposed to be a 'must do' here and drive more of the coastline and maybe even a cheese tasting or two.

Im going to do an "unrain" dance tonight before I sleep as this part of the world needs sunshine to fully appreciate its magnificence. Im sure somewhere else in the world needs the rain - so I will send it there.

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