There is a nice trail just outside of town up to Tillamook Point, and I mean up, it has a 900 foot elevation gain and about 8 miles round trip. We headed out under nice blue skies and the high we got, the foggier it got. About 1 1/2 miles into the hike, Joel got a call from Thousand Trails ranger telling him that the coach was parked illegally in a "Personal Site" and that we needed to move the coach immediately.
Personal Sites are something that Thousand Trails has started recently. A site is leased to a member and that member has exclusive use of that site for the term of their lease. Usually the site is well marked and usually there is a chain or some other barrier across it indicating it is a personal site. When we pulled in to the site there was no barrier or sign, or indication that it was a personal site. It seems most of these personal sites are premium spots so sometimes there are "slim pickings" in the park for the members. Anyway, we didn't continue our climb up to Tillamook Point so we could promptly returned to the park and move.d Joel seem a little relieved,that he didn't have gain any more elevation, but also was a little disappointed that we didn't to complete our hike. Oh well, another time. Oh, and once we got to the park, we did find another site two sites up from the previous one and the owners of the previous site didn't show up until evening. So much for rushing back ...
We jumped on our bikes and road from the campground into Seaside and rode the bike path along the water front. The beach in Seaside is not as nice as the ones at Kiwanda Cape and Pacific City, but the path is very nice.
We did stop at the Saltworks, just a few feet off the path ,where Lewis and Clark's crew boiled sea water to get salt to season their food while preparing for their return.
Seaside boasts this statue of Lewis and Clark in the center of town, "the end of the trail" or near the end of the trail.
Later we drove to Cannon Beach and walked the quaint little town which has lots of art galleries and shops. Yep, that's a fog bank is just sitting over Seaside looking from Cannon Beach to the north :
Next we headed over to Ecola State Park. You can hike to Tillamook Head from there, but we didn't have time this trip, but the views from Ecola Point are incredible.
Looking towards Tillamook Head to the north , where we previously attempted to hike:
And this is Sacagawea and infant son, Jean Baptiste
And the views were expansive, although a little hazy. Not bad. Below is Saddle Mountain to the east