When I saw Tuesday's forecast for the mid-90s, I texted Eryn to see if she wanted to escape to the coast with me. It was hot there, too, but much more tolerable.
I picked her up shortly after 9 a.m. and hit the road for Lincoln City.
I see signs for "glacial rock" near Sheridan but have never taken the time to stop... until now. That was my first priority for our road trip.
There was a pullout next to the road, some signs and a trail.
We read up on the chunk of rock, which surfed to Oregon in the Missoula Flood during the Ice Age. Very interesting stuff! Click HERE to read more.
A little windy up here!
Though it doesn't show in the picture, we had a beautiful view of Mount Hood across the valley:
Atop the glacial rock:
We decided to see more places we always drive past... like H.B. Van Duzer State Park on Highway 18.
There's a rest area on each side of the highway. The westbound park is tucked back from the road with a nice restroom and lots of picnic tables and trees.
Pretty little creek running through:
When we finally got to Lincoln City, it was time to eat!
We chose Deli 101, which we'd had good luck at in the past. Half a veggie sandwich and chowder all the way around:
And hot enough to sit outside at the beach!
Then it was time for some shopping at the outlet mall, where we each scored some great deals. I really, really wanted these polyester pedal pushers from Old Navy but figured I'm not cool enough to pull them off :)
We weren't quite ready for dinner so we parked by Mo's and walked out a ways toward the ocean. This is the life!
Eryn and I shared the shrimp louie. YUM!
It was hot at the beach but nowhere near the 99* at home! So glad we took a little road trip :)