You are right, Clover, Raymond isn't QUITE in my backyard but it is about a two hour drive. Willapa Bay is VERY nice, and if you like clams/oysters, that's the place to go!
Correct me if I'm wrong, Jerrybob, because it's been a very long time since I took that route: but if one is planning on driving north from Astoria (OR) to Raymond, there are NO gas stations between the two. I know this because one time me, my now ex, and several of our friends rode our motorcycles from Astoria to Raymond and ONLY because I had 'fat bobs"..five gallon tanks, did I not run out of gas. All the rest had smaller tanks and had to stop! As it was, I was on fumes! I filled my tank, bought a five gallon can with fuel and then ran the gas back down to my smaller tanked friends.
I WILL give you a PM when we head down there, Jerrybob. We have been casting about, thinking of where we can take a short trip once we get Grus Egg out of winter storage. We were thinking of heading inland but heck, we both love the coast. I'm getting the itchies to go camping. Combining camping, clams, and horse related items makes it a win win win situation!
Meadowlark........Astoria is about 50 miles away from Raymond. There are gas stations in Naselle and Long Beach but there is about a 40 mile stretch before you come to South Bend where there are no stations. South Bend and Raymond have several places to get gas. We do a lot of shopping in the Astoria/Warrenton area and the drive is beautiful.....takes about an hour. Already starting to see lots of trailers and motorhomes on Hwy 101......gonna be a busy tourist season. BTW.....if you do run out of gas.....give me a call.....I'll send our 1888 stagecoach down to pick you up! Looking forward to your visit......Safe travels!!