From Astoria we drove out to Cape Disappointment State Park located just outside the small town of Ilwaco, Washington. Driving over the pretty sea-foam green Astoria-Megler Bridge as it stands against the bright blue sky and deep evergreen forest is an experience in itself. At 4.1 miles long it clocks in as the longest continuous truss bridge in North America - add to that a steep incline that takes you to soaring heights.
We spent the first half of our day at Dead Man's Cove, discovered on a whim when hiking up to the Cape Disappointment lighthouse. We had grabbed lunch to-go from Blue Schorcher Bakery in town - a delicious spinach and tomato quiche and a red pepper and potato foccacia sandwich proved we did find recommendation worthy food in Astoria after all! We washed lunch down with a bottle of Rogue Farms OREgasmic IPA a favorite among the eight we sampled at the Public House the night before.
It was the warmest day of our trip and I'm so glad we got to enjoy the sunshine in this magical little cove. And the views from the lighthouse did not disappoint ;)