05 Sep 2020

Depoe Bay, OR 2020

We spent two days in Depoe Bay at The Whale Cove Inn. What a view from our room and, yet again, from our dinner table.
This quaint seaside beach town happens to be the world's smallest navigable harbor. More importantly, for its tourist business, is that it is the whale watching capital of Oregon. Plus it is lovely.
A professional photographer said "Thors Well, located on the Central Oregon Coast, is the most dramatic, awe-inspiring seascape to photograph on the entire West Coast." We visited it today and it was quite a sight indeed. Many folks (wrongly) think it is a sink hole that is draining the ocean.
Close by our hotel is Devil's Punchbowl, thought to have been formed when two caves collapsed. Try to visit during high tide; even better is during a storm.

04 Sep 2020

Moving Down the Oregon Coast Part 1

As we head south from Cannon Beach our first stop today was Hug Beach. Although stunningly beautiful in its own right, it is an important historic place.
In the late 19th century before Highway 101 was built, there was no road up the Oregon coast. The only way to travel along this part was via the beach. The pioneers in their stagecoaches had to wait for low tide and then hug the rocks in order to get around the point. In the 1910s, a roadway was blasted out at Hug Point, which made the road accessible to automobiles as well as coaches, though it was only usable at low tide.
In was exciting to see the old stagecoach wheel ruts still carved into the rock.
The tide comes in quickly.
Cape Lookout is well named. We stopped at the side of the road for a quick snap of the beauty.
Tillamook Creamery is a mandatory stop along the way.It is giant, immaculate and good folks. It is owned by a farmers' coop not shareholders. They dedicated $4MM for covid relief to the community and their workers.
Since there is only so much beauty a guy can take, I took Allyn to Garibaldi for a few minutes. There we saw the veritable Cellphone phone booth. I think it is really where superman goes to change clothes.
I spent eight summers in the 50s and 60s and have my best childhood memories of B'nai B'rith Summer Camp. The nostalgia rush was incredible. What they have done with the facility is also incredible. 
I recalled a nice sized beach. Where did it go, I wonder?
Our cabins (one is left) had no heat, air, windows, electricity, or bathrooms. Things have really changed.
I even found my son's name written by him on the one remaining cabin. He spent 10 wonderful summers there.
As a kid, I remember being fascinated by the D River in Lincoln City. At 440 feet in length it was in Guinness as the shortest river in the world. Now that is being contested. It is still the shortest in my book.

03 Sep 2020

Cannon Beach, OR 2020

They are very strict here about drones flying close to Haystack Rock given that it is a natural habitat for many birds. We had to stay 1,000 feet away. We honored that, but Allyn still was able to get a great shot. It is fun to look down at the clouds.
Although physically similar to Seaside, just nine miles away, Cannon Beach has a much classier vibe. Both are fun depending on the mood.
It just doesn't get tiring to walk this beach.
One couple was even getting married on the sand.
Our friends, Perry and Robyn came down from Portland to join us for the evening. Dinner was outside at a quaint tiny restaurant, Newmans at 988.
After dinner our hotel, Stephanie Inn, set us up with a lovely fire and chairs on the beach. 
Allyn may stay there all night.

01 Sep 2020

Road Trip Seattle - Las Vegas 2020

Our two month Seattle visit has ended. Next comes the two-week roadtrip south to our home in Las Vegas. Most of the first week will be the Oregon Coast.
First, though, was a visit to the amazing 611 foot Multnomah Falls, on the Columbia River about a half hour drive east from Portland. 
More than 2 million people visit it annually making it the most visited natural recreational site in the Pacific Northwest. 
Because of Covid we were not able to hike up to the bridge viewing point half way up, let alone go to the top. Oh well.
We checked into The Stephanie Inn, our home for three nights. It is arguably the best hotel on the Oregon Coast, let alone Cannon Beach, where it is located. I will opine later.
I will say this. The room is lovely and we are right on the ocean with a direct view of the famous Haystack rock.
We drove to Seaside to check it out and for dinner. It has always been quite fun and very honky tonk. It's always been a favorite of mine and it made for fond memories.
Covid sign of the times - Check out our restaurant dinner table. They put up picnic tables in the parking lot so that folks could dine outside with proper distance. You just gotta do what you gotta do. That brought us.

20 Aug 2020

Leavenworth, WA

Not unlike many others, Allyn and I planned on spending time in Europe this summer. That did not happen for obvious reasons. So, trying to replicate a bit of the experience, we went to Leavenworth, WA for a couple days.
Leavenworth is an extremely cute Bavarian village about two and a half hours from Seattle just on the east side of the Cascade Mountains.
A proper Bavarian dinner was had outside, on the balcony, at Mozart's
We stayed at The Posthotel which was clearly the nicest hotel in town, right at The Wenatchee River. However, the folks working there seemed a bit stuffy to us. 
We planned on major hiking and ended up with major spa-ing.