U.S.: Road Trip Through the Pacific Northwest

Looking south from Ecola Point to Cannon Beach, Oregon. (Eric Hansen)
Looking south from Ecola Point to Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Looking south from Ecola Point to Cannon Beach, Oregon.

The author follows grandma's schedule. Standing beside the Columbia River some time between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

The author follows grandma's schedule. Standing beside the Columbia River some time between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
(Eric Hansen)


A seagul—or "seaaaaaagul" as grandma said—rests near Winema Wayfinding Point.

A seagul—or
(Eric Hansen)


Looking south from Ecola Point to Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Looking south from Ecola Point to Cannon Beach, Oregon.
(Eric Hansen)


Vintage Airstreams pause in a "terraport" near Olympia, Washington.

Vintage Airstreams pause in a
(Eric Hansen)


Camera in hand, grandma enjoys the view from Ecola Point.

Camera in hand, grandma enjoys the view from Ecola Point.
(Eric Hansen)


The luxurious (and inconspicuous) 30-foot chariot. Incidentally, the rental cost about $150 per day including mileage and got about 12 miles per gallon.

The luxurious (and inconspicuous) 30-foot chariot. Incidentally, the rental cost about $150 per day including mileage and got about 12 miles per gallon.
(Eric Hansen)


A surfer finishes an evening session in Pacific City, Oregon.

A surfer finishes an evening session in Pacific City, Oregon.
(Eric Hansen)


Grandma sorts out logistics toward the beginning of the four-day trip.

Grandma sorts out logistics toward the beginning of the four-day trip.
(Eric Hansen)


Grandma and grandson pose at Ecola Point, supposedly the most photographed spot on the Oregon coast.

Grandma and grandson pose at Ecola Point, supposedly the most photographed spot on the Oregon coast.
(Eric Hansen)


During a detour to the mobile home where she lived for almost two decades, grandma discovers the new owners have razed it. Her eyes go glassy, she says, "Ohh, experiences, experiences, experiences," and then flashes a typical smile.

During a detour to the mobile home where she lived for almost two decades, grandma discovers the new owners have razed it. Her eyes go glassy, she says,
(Eric Hansen)


A grandma's-eye-view of Pacific City, with Haystack Rock in the background.

A grandma's-eye-view of Pacific City, with Haystack Rock in the background.
(Eric Hansen)


A vintage Airstream not unlike the one grandma and grandpa drove around North America for 15 years.

A vintage Airstream not unlike the one grandma and grandpa drove around North America for 15 years.
(Eric Hansen)


Ecola Point and the Seal Rocks.

Ecola Point and the Seal Rocks.
(Eric Hansen)


"So much to live for, so much to do." 94-year-old Vera Hansen leaves the retirement home for a four-day trip down the coast of Washington and Oregon.

(Eric Hansen)

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