Posted by: caryandjohn | July 22, 2011

Mt. Rainier, final

The Columbian Cafe in Astoria, Oregon. Good food. Yum.

The Columbian Cafe in Astoria, Oregon. Good food. Yum.

We got up on July 7th, 2011, and crossed the Columbia River, heading south on Rt. 101, and turned east into Astoria, about which we had heard nice things … We came upon the Columbian Cafe, which had parking right out front. It turned out to be a very good cafe, and we enjoyed our breakfast and coffee.

We were soon on our way, heading to a nice stay at Pacific City, Oregon. We stayed at the Pacific City Inn, where we would stay again, because it was a good value, they had a restaurant and bistro on-site, and they let us roll the bikes around back and park them on the room’s patio.

The Suislaw National Forest.

The Suislaw National Forest.

We headed off into the Suislaw National Forest the next day, where we found miles of well maintained gravel and dirt forest roads to explore.

There was a wonderful place to camp, behind a locked gate on a concrete bridge over Sweet Creek by the Beaver Falls trail head.

In front of Beaver Falls in Suislaw National Forest

In front of Beaver Falls in Suislaw National Forest

A wonderful campsite behind a locked gate on a bridge over Sweet Creek.

A wonderful campsite behind a locked gate on a bridge over Sweet Creek.

We saw a family of four river otters the next morning! Fun.

Lost in the Suislaw National Forest.

Lost in the Suislaw National Forest.

We had a fun ride through some steep forest slopes to get to Florence the next morning, where we headed south for Crescent City to visit our friend Haven who is working for the Smith River Alliance.

Haven has a wonderful blog which she has updated recently with some fun pictures of Kyle, big trees, and people swinging from trees … also a link to Adventure Sports Journal where she has an article about the Grand Canyon! Neat.

Haven and Cary before a wonderful Smith River swim.

Haven and Cary before a wonderful Smith River swim.

So there you go … there is a Google map of the route from Paradise to San Francisco, here.


See you around the campfire!

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