So the coastal cruise has concluded. Drat.
There aren't really words to describe how beautiful the drive on Highway 101 between Astoria and Tillamook was, and then a little side trip out to Oceanside and Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint (I love how they call them "viewpoints" here) sealed the deal. Oregon is paradise.
Seaside is a lovely little (gasp) seaside town with neat shops and an oceanfront boardwalk. Found the perfect house for a cool $2 million. Powerball is $318 million right now. Hmmmm.
We spent some time (and too much money) at Tillamook Creamery (OMG, the ice cream) and then headed out to Oceanside and the Cape Meares park for a last look at the Pacific. We wanted to check out Salem (the state capitol) last night before our return to Portland today but had another motel snafu. I don't really understand how someone can think they might substitute "another room" for the wheelchair accessible one (which was "broke") and think that would be okay. So it was back in the car and a drive north toward Portland instead. Had I known I would have just arranged another night on the coast. Sniff.
Still because we were heading north from Salem to Portland, we got to pay a little visit to Metzger, OR. You would have thought they'd have had a fanfare of some sort.
Now we are back in Portland. I told the guys at Enterprise car rental that I can't remember ever having more fun on one tank of gas. We have checked into the Inn at Northrup Station (which really is absolutely fab. They really cannot be taking better care of us. Bill's having a birthday nap and then we are off to Powell's Books for the rest of the afternoon.
We will hardly have done Oregon justice; certainly will not have seen or done all that Portland offers. But our whistles are whetted for a return visit.
Tomorrow morning it's back to the station to hop the Cascades to Seattle.
The Great Allegheny Passage Companion