Monday, November 10, 2008

Photographer's Guide to the Oregon Coast

by David Middleton & Rod Barbee

I don't usually purchase books to help me plan my trips because I feel like the internet provides more than enough information. In a moment of weakness, however, I order this book and Walking Portland and I'm so glad I did. Both were so helpful.

Photographer's Guide to the Oregon Coast provided helpful tips on picture taking, places to see, and directions to get there. Some of the spots are off Hwy 101 and would normally be missed by tourists. The one that comes to mind is the Maxwell Mountain Rd. It's a single lane road that winds up the mountain through a small town right on the coast. The view from the top was spectacular.

(Run-on sentence alert--->)Sitting in my family room during the middle of Oct planning our trip, I had about decided to not drive down the North Fork Yachats River and see that cute little covered bridge again, but as I read the authors' description of the bridge and the setting I grew nostalgic. Needless to say we did go a second time and I was thrilled to death to be standing under that huge spruce and walking through that little cute bridge again.

I wanted to focus on the David McCullough bridges, most of which are on the National Historic Registry. This book helped me locate some that I didn't know where they were and how to get to them.

We had already decided to decided to drive up to the top of Cape Perpetua, but without this book I would not have known about this cute little rock shelter that is just a short walk from the parking lot.

I highly recommend Photographer's Guide to the Oregon Coast for those planning to visit the coast or for those who live there, but don't know all there or close by is to know about the coast (that'll be me some day!).


Framed said...

Maybe Cassie and I can take a road trip to Oregon and borrow your book.

Bookfool said...

I hope someday I'll make it to the Oregon Coast. My mother spent her high school years in Washington and returned a few times, but I've never made it to the PNW at all. Sigh. It's on the wish list of places to go. :)

Paula said...

I love that little rock shelter, but don't think I know about Maxwell Mountain Road. What little town did it take you through?
Yep, I need that book!!
Glad you had a wonderful trip to my (kind of possessive, aren't I?!) beautiful state!

Bellezza said...

Oh, that bridge pulls at my heart! I want to go there so badly!

Booklogged said...

Framed, you know you'll be welcome to borrow it. Can I ride in the trunk?

Bookfool, I love both the Washington and Oregon coasts. Oh, the rainforests in Washington are so astonishing. At least, to this desert dweller.

Paula, Maxwell Mountain Rd is in Oceanside, just a little ways south of Cape Meares. If we ever make it back to that stretch of the coast I will definitely being going to the top of Maxwell Mountain again. Actually, I think I'll just move there and then it'll become 'old hat'. Do you think all that beauty can ever become mundane? You have every right to be possessive of your beautiful state!

Bellezza, simple lovely, isn't it?

Kristen M. said...

This looks like a great book! We've driven down the Oregon Coast once but just hit the standard spots. I would love to do it again and see new sights.