The Goonies, Gastronomy, Golf, and a Goose

I am writing this near the shores of the Pacific Ocean — in front of a campfire — at Harris Beach State Park, easily my favorite of all the campgrounds in Oregon. It is a fitting way to end my exploration of the great state of Oregon.

Oregon, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First, one of the best movies of the ’80s, “The Goonies,” was filmed in Astoria and Cannon Beach. Who doesn’t love that movie? Second, fresh, local, incredible food is available from undiscovered vendors at farmers’ markets in downtown Portland. Pair it with a bottle of wine from any one of the hundreds of vineyards and wineries in Oregon, like Yamhill Valley Vineyards. So good! Third, the same temperate climate that makes great wine is the same temperate climate perfect for lush, green golf courses playable year-round. The best one I played was Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora. Finally, Howard Hughes’ famous airplane, the “Spruce Goose,” is at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville. I was so happy to stumble upon this museum — like “kid in a candy store” happy!

I know Oregon sometimes is associated with pot smoking hippies and a rainy climate, but there is also much, much more the state has to offer. (For the record, I didn’t see too many hippies, didn’t smoke any pot, and only felt a little rain.) Here is a sample of the photos I took as I followed Highway 101 from Astoria down to Brookings, with a side trip into the Portland area. OK, time to watch a copy of the “The Goonies” that I found on the internet!

Portland's very sleek public transportation system, TriMet.
Portland's very sleek public transportation system, TriMet.
View from Mo's Restaurant of famous Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach
View from Mo's Restaurant of famous Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach
Basil, peaches, raspberries, tomatoes, cookies, nuts, you name it; all kinds of delicious food at the Portland Farmers Market.
Basil, peaches, raspberries, tomatoes, cookies, nuts, you name it; all kinds of delicious food at the Portland Farmers Market.
Long Beach, Oregon is apparently home to the "World's Longest Beach"
Long Beach, Oregon is apparently home to the "World's Longest Beach"
I have absolutely no idea which "Bolstad" it is, but I definitely need to track that person down. The views were awesome!
I have absolutely no idea which "Bolstad" it is, but I definitely need to track that person down. The views were awesome!
The entire Long Beach area had this mystical aura that morning.
The entire Long Beach area had this mystical aura that morning.
Flags at half-staff presumably for Ted Kennedy
Flags at half-staff presumably for Ted Kennedy
Leaving Long Beach
Leaving Long Beach
Sculpture at Portland's Rose Gardens
Sculpture at Portland's Rose Gardens
Impressive collection of roses with views of downtown at Portland's Rose Garden
Impressive collection of roses with views of downtown at Portland's Rose Garden
This is what greets you at the entrance to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville
This is what greets you at the entrance to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville
Apollo capsule
Apollo capsule
Actual Titan missile used to launch satellites
Actual Titan missile used to launch satellites
Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird", the fastest aircraft ever built
Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird", the fastest aircraft ever built
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" Exterior
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" Exterior
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" Interior
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" Interior
Hughes Flying Boat, H-4, HK-1 "Spruce Goose" Interior
Hughes Flying Boat, H-4, HK-1 "Spruce Goose" Interior
The Douglas DC-3A revolutionized the look of the modern airliner
The Douglas DC-3A revolutionized the look of the modern airliner
Curtiss-Wright A-22 (CW-22) "Falcon"
Curtiss-Wright A-22 (CW-22) "Falcon"
The "Spruce Goose" dwarfs everything else in the museum.
The "Spruce Goose" dwarfs everything else in the museum.
Seriously, it is that big.
Seriously, it is that big.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Pacific City, Oregon
Pacific City, Oregon
Pacific City, Oregon
Pacific City, Oregon
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Along Highway 101 (near Devil's Punch Bowl)
Along Highway 101 (near Devil's Punch Bowl)
Along Highway 101
Along Highway 101
Catching up on emails along Highway 101
Catching up on emails along Highway 101
One of the very few rainy days during my stay. This is the beach across the street from Seal Rocks RV Cove.
One of the very few rainy days during my stay. This is the beach across the street from Seal Rocks RV Cove.
Cape Blanco State Park
Cape Blanco State Park
Lighthouse at Cape Blanco State Park
Lighthouse at Cape Blanco State Park
Across highway from Humbug Mountain State Park
Across highway from Humbug Mountain State Park
Entrance to Humbug Mountain State Park
Entrance to Humbug Mountain State Park
Along Highway 101
Along Highway 101
I spent Labor Day hanging out at a totally secluded Gold Beach
I spent Labor Day hanging out at a totally secluded Gold Beach
Low tide at Harris Beach State Park
Low tide at Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park, probably the best kept secret in all of Oregon
Harris Beach State Park, probably the best kept secret in all of Oregon
Sunset at Harris Beach State Park
Sunset at Harris Beach State Park
Sunset at Harris Beach State Park
Sunset at Harris Beach State Park