Oregon Coast Dune Buggy Adventure

Oregon Coast

Dune Buggy Adventure

Road trip! Oregon Coast here we come!

Fall can be one if the best times to visit the beach in Oregon. We hope this will be one of those times. The weather report looks good and the Snowy Plover habitat restrictions have ended for the season.

Our mission: to take our vintage Dune Buggy for a ride on Horsfall Beach in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

The first leg of our journey is west through the Columbia River Gorge.

It's salmon season and the Columbia River is really busy. We recently purchased some beautiful line caught Chinook from a local tribe. It looks like fantastic fishing this year.

I took these pictures near the mouth of the Deschutes River.

What a beautiful drive this is! Even with the fire damage near the west end it's truly breathtaking.

Can you see that bit of smoke rising from the center of the cliff in the picture below? That's a bit of the Eagle Creek fire that's still not entirely contained. We are so lucky that many of the historical and iconic places in the Columbia Gorge were spared damage from the Eagle Creek fire this year. Many trails were damaged but the forest will recover and some say the Salmon should actually thrive post fire.

It was a little cloudy when we left home but the skies are beginning to clear!

Bonneville Dam

Washington State across the the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam.

After leaving the Columbia River Gorge we drove south on Interstate 5 through Portland and eventually stopped for lunch here at Frankie's

Frankie's is a great place in Albany, OR to stop for a bite. We loved the truffle fries! There are lots of interesting things on this farm to table style restaurants menu to choose from. You can check out their website by clicking here.

After lunch we grabbed a coffee to go at Starbucks nearby and headed back out on the highway.

We turned off Interstate 5 at Highway 38 toward the coast. This is known as the Jason Boe Corridor and I think it's one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the state. It passes through the towns of Drain, Elkton and Scottsburg finally ending in Reedsport, Or, at highway 101.

This is the bridge crossing Elk Creek at the small town of Elkton.

Elk Creek

Shortly before you get to Elkton there's this great tunnel! I'm sure it's one of the longest in Oregon.

The Elk Creek tunnel is one of the most beautifully lit tunnels in Oregon and it's over 1,000 feet long!

Click on this for more info about Elk Creek Tunnel.

The town of Elkton really has quite a bit going on for it's size. Vineyards, outdoor recreation and fishing on the lower Umpqua River and a large botanical garden complete with butterflies!

The River's Edge Winery and tasting room

Jason Boe Corridor

Jason Boe Corridor

Jason Boe Corridor

Wells Creek Inn restaurant and lounge

Near Scottsburg, Oregon at Wells Creek there is a popular restaurant, a market, a few RV parks and camp grounds.

Wells Creek Market

Highway 38 is long and winding with a crazy canopy of trees that's really spectacular. Of course it rains a lot here so we are particularly pleased to see the sun shining through.

Wells Creek to Scottsburg, OR

Looks like we just missed a good rain shower here!

Scottsburg, OR

Crossing the lower Umpqua River at Scottsburg, Oregon.

Lower Umpqua River at Scottsburg, OR

Jason Boe Corridor near Scottsburg, OR

The Umpqua River

hwy 38 near Scottsburg, OR