The cusp of 2021-22 was unexpected chilly and snow for the pacific northwest with all the passes blocked, so we started our trip down south, running away from all the snow but it did make for a picturesque drive!
Driving conditions were a LITTLE hazardous but thanks to overplanning and some luck we were mostly good and got some chance to play with snow as well :)
It was also special to see the Multnomah Falls amongst snow and ice (video), which was very different from how I saw them last time in summer.
Oregon coast boasts of one of the largest expanses of temperate coastal sand dunes in the world and what's a better way to explore them than on a ATV?
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast and these wind-sculpted sand dunes tower up to 500 feet above sea level.
This beast of a ATV is what we drove! (video)
The Face Rock viewpoint in Bandon is one of the the prim example of the rugged Oregon beaches, with dramatic cliffs coming out of the beautiful ocean!
Driving along the ocean on CA 101, is ofcourse always delightful!
Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor, a linear park containing just the thin strip of land between the ocean and 11 miles of US 101. One of the famous stops of the two dozen spots in these 11 mile is this Arch rock!
The most famous stop of the corridor is Natural Bridges, where endless force of the sea has carved away part of the vertical cliffs, allowing the waters to seep into a shady cove
Shot a wallpaper at Whalesead beach!
And this was the new year's gift from mother nature - a centimeter thick later of ice over the car!
So in all, we ended 2021 with the diverse coast of Oregon which has way too many things like deserts, beaches, waterfall, snow and rainforests to offer.
Memories shared with @NanditaGupta