It’s been awhile and I can’t wait to tell you all about my recent adventure. Being a adventurer and a surfer at the same time attracts me to some of the most beautiful destinations that offer scenic views and a lot of nature. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see where I’ve been and where I’ve surfed. There will be many more destinations I will travel to in search of the perfect wave.
In my recent travels, I decided to explore somewhere close to home. The idea came from reading a book called, The Golden Shore by David Helzvarg. The California Coastal Trail spans 1,200 miles along California into Oregon and The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles from Canada, Washington, Oregon, California and Mexico and living along the coastline in San Francisco Bay Area I am familiar with many of its local coastal trails. Locally, I’ve hiked many of them and plan to discover more view points and local state parks in my hometown. I’ve even ventured to Big Sur in search of hidden surf gems on the trail. But living in Northern California, I decide to take a peek at what its like in northern states to gain a better understanding of California and why San Francisco Bay Area is so special.
I decide to drive to Oregon to visit Multnomah Falls and then surf Westport, WA while stopping at various sites along the way. I’ve listed my entire route that I completed in 5 days from San Francisco. I will also be breaking out each site into their own separate blog for more viewable content (click on each of the links below for my experience at each site).
- Mount Shasta, California
- Klamath National Forest, California
- Klamath National Forest, Oregon
- Portland, Oregon
- Multnomah Falls, Oregon
- Cascades Locks, Oregon – Klickitat Legend Bridge of the Gods
- Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
- Mount Hood, Oregon
- Space Needle, Seattle, Washington
- Westhaven State Park, Westport, Washington
- Yaquina Light House, Oregon
- South Beach, Oregon
- Newport South Jetty
- Ecola State Park, Oregon
- Seal Rock, Oregon
- Oregon National Dunes
Friday December 30, 2016
4:00am I leave from San Francisco
11:00am I arrive at Mount Shasta where I stop and enjoy the scenery for a few hours.
1:30pm After Mount Shasta, I stopped at Klamath National Forest before crossing into Oregon to explore the railway system and observe the environment, a dry desert that looks something out of a wild west film.
2:00pm As I continue my drive crossing into Oregon, I catch the sunset in the snow at Klamath National Forest. One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen on this trip.
8:00pm I make a pit stop and stay overnight in Portland.
Saturday December 31, 2016
10:00am In the morning I explore Oregon’s Multnomah Falls.
1:00pm After lunch I proceed to Mt. Hood and catch a sunset at a local view point.
8:00pm I continue to drive to Seattle and stay overnight and celebrate NYE at the Space Needle.
Sunday January 1, 2016
I explore the Seattle’s urban jungle, Pike Place, founding Starbucks store, Capitol Hill and the Space Needle. After resting another night in Seattle, I leave to Westport.
Monday, January 2, 2016
8:00am I leave for Westport, WA
10:00am I arrive at Westhaven State Park and surf. My first time surfing a new beach break in the Pacific Northwest.
4:00pm I arrive at Ecola State Park
8:00pm I arrive at Newport and stay the night
Tuesday, January 3, 2016
8:00am I arrive and surf South Beach, Oregon
11:00am I arrive at Seal Rock
1:00pm I check out Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area before crossing into California.
10:00pm I make it home to San Francisco.
Overall the experience was pretty amazing. It offered a lot of insight into California’s history and how its connected with neighboring states. Exploring Washington and Oregon validated some of the cultural similarities and values found in San Francisco such as dog friendly establishments, nature and conservationism along coastlines and trails, the importance of harbors, port cities and best of all, friendly people living green lives. I love the Pacific Coast and I fell in love with both Oregon, Washington which also strengthened my bond for my home state, California.
I can’t wait to give you details on my experience on each leg of my trip. Stay tuned and make sure you subscribe to my newsletter to get updates on my next blog about surfing the Pacific Northwest with video, information on where to surf and what to be prepared for. Also, follow on Instagram if you haven’t done so already.
See you soon!