Mother-Daughter Trip to Oregon: Part 3 – Discovering the Oregon Coast

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Mother-Daughter Trip to Oregon: Part 3 – Discovering the Oregon Coast

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Visiting family and friends is my favorite way to use miles and points!

Family visits may not have the same lucrative redemption rates as a trip in First Class, or foreign 5-star hotels.  But the memories I make are priceless!

I recently spent some much-needed time with my mom in the beautiful state of Oregon!  I spent a few days in Portland with my friend Kristen before my mom arrived.

The highlight of my travel was road-tripping with my mom to my cousin Rachel’s wedding.  The wedding was a long overdue family reunion.  I hadn’t seen some of my cousins for years!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
I Had to Stop Myself From Visiting Every Charming Lighthouse I Spotted!

The drive along the beautiful Oregon coast was gorgeous.  It’s now one of my favorite places in the US!

Mother-Daughter Trip to Oregon Index:

A Trip to Oregon Isn’t Complete Without a Visit to the Coast!

Portland is a fun city, but I found the true beauty and uniqueness of Oregon at the coast.  If you have a couple of days to spare, I highly recommend adding a drive along the coast to your Portland itinerary.  I’ll visit the national forests and waterfalls when I return!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
An Ocean of Blue Surrounded by a Sea of Green

My mom and I drove to Albany, Oregon, to pick up my aunt.  Then the 3 of us continued our drive to Coos Bay, which is right on the coast.

We had a great time stopping off every so often and admiring the views.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Highway 101 Runs Along the Fabulous Oregon Coast

I almost felt like I was in another country!  I’m used to seeing a lot of flat farmland where I’m from in the Midwest.  Oregon was a welcome change.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Driving to Our Destination Was One of the Best Parts of Our Trip!

We loved the beautiful, tall trees!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Forest, Ocean, Mountains – Oregon Even Has Desert!  What More Could You Ask For?

We even passed a dispensary!  For a moment, I forgot marijuana was legal in Oregon.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Here’s Another Sight You Won’t Find in My Home Town

We would have loved to stop at the beaches, but it was a little too cold.  Our trip was during a crisp September, but maybe the summer months would be a great time to take a dip!  Though I have heard that the beaches in this area are extremely cold.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Oregon’s Beaches Are More Rustic and Turbulent Than Those in the Maldives or Bora Bora.  But No Less Beautiful!

Our wide-eyed joyride was over in just a few hours.  We had arrived in Coos Bay for my cousin Rachel’s wedding, and were excited to visit with family!  After years of living far away, I was able to see all the cousins I grew up with!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Congratulations Rachel!!! Happy for You:)

My mom was thrilled to see her nieces and nephew that she hadn’t seen in so long!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
A Happy Aunt and a Glowing Bride

Later, my mom and I had a blast driving around Coos Bay.  She wanted to get her picture next to the new iPhone 7.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Hey Siri, Launch Nostalgia

We visited the pier to take a few more pictures.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Say Dinghy on Three!

My cousin, Laura, met us at the pier to spend the last part of our Oregon trip together!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 3 Discovering The Oregon Coast
Goodbyes Are Difficult When We Know It Might Be Years Before We See Each Other Again!

Bottom Line

Making the trip my cousin’s wedding was one of the best ways to use miles!  I was able to see family I had not seen in years.  And I spent much needed time with my mom.

I can’t wait to visit Oregon again and see the rest of the state’s natural beauty!

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You should come back to the Oregon coast for Corgi Beach Day 2017! Guaranteed fun.

http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/series/summertime-2016/corgis-cannon-beach-oregon-invasion/

The water is always cold on the Oregon Coast. 50-60 every summer. No one REALLY gets in that water! But a beautiful region isn’t it?