September 14th found us heading south with only a vague agenda. We knew we wanted to explore the interior of the states of Washington and Oregon and with that in mind, got to points south quickly on the I5. First stop was the Woodburn Outlet Mall south of Portland to do a bit of shopping. There was time enough to dash to the coast, hoping to catch a nice sunset on the beach before heading back inland.
We have been to the Oregon coast countless times and have yet to see sunny skies over the water. Oh well, it is still beautiful and we knew it was going to be hot and dry where we were headed.
Lincoln City was our port of call for the first night and we had a difficult time finding accommodation, but finally did so. After a great breakfast at the "Pig and Pancake" we were off to seek some sunshine.
No luck in that department.
Tourist season seemed to be over as we were the only vehicle in the parking lot that morning.
This crow was not a bad omen for the rest of our trip, but it looked that way as I spotted him in my camera's viewfinder.
We walked to many beaches that morning, but soon tired of the misty rain and lack of sunshine so headed east at the first opportunity.
We soon had our wish, and as the temperature climbed, I was anxious to find a spot to change into something cooler. We drove off the road and saw not a soul at this dam reservoir. Blue sky, yellow sage brush, and warm sun. Now we were hopeful for a successful finish to what has been a great summer. Destination: Bend Oregon.