Luckily I was able to post yesterday’s first part (as I sat in the car typing while Michael drove). I woke him up early (which he hates), but I wanted to make it a FULL day (also which he hates). lol I can’t keep still, but I also just wanted to get out – walk/hike as much as we could (we both need to get back in shape & lose weight – he more than I right now) so we took off early, one quick stop for coffee at his usual spot – Bald Eagle Coffee House. We planned to go to Newport (2 1/2 hrs away). As we drove along Highway 101 I was looking at RV places along the way (for new options), I follow The Small Small Trailer and Just 5 More Minutes blogs (really wishing we had gotten this little cutie – Airstream) but Michael chose the R-pod. Anyways, some of the places we saw were definitely either (trailer park looking – sketchy) or the kind where they sandwich you in next to each other (aka, full rigs with satellite, etc.) – hello that is NOT camping or at least fun.
Highway 101, like most has areas of construction right now and some of the tiny towns along its paths are old, some cute and some kinda sad (unkempt) – but each offers its own character. Of course you pass by Tillamook (cheese) but we had already been there once (not much to see but I guess for kids its fun). As is my usual, I told Michael “lets head to Cape Meares first” – so a quick turn down Highway 131 (and we went up the Bayocean Road direction). This takes you past Bayocean Peninsula County Park – pretty park and along Bayocean Dike Road. We had to stop (there’s a parking area along Crab Harbor) and you can walk out to the end. Of course we did.
Unfortunately we found that the road to Cape Meares from this side was closed (landslide) so we drove back around onto Highway 131 and up past Netarts and Oceanside – OMG am I glad we did! The coastline along this side was breathtaking – as you can see we had to stop along the very narrow 2 lane road – but so worth it.
On to Cape Meares Lighthouse – as we were driving up though we could see the rain cloud forming out over the ocean and when we arrived, the winds were picking up. But I had to see the lighthouse and I wanted to see the rest of this view. Lighthouse is small (now) but the area I highly suggest, lots of great trail hikes around as well, but we didn’t want to get completely wet (yet) – lol.
At this point, I nixed going to Newport; Michael looked tired and since he allowed me to write/post I told him I’d drive back while he got in a nap. The rain wasn’t as bad on the way back, but when you drive along the coast you never know what to expect. As we got back to Cannon Beach, there was a little rain but the city was very busy with tourist now. We made a quick stop and although Michael was tired, he wanted to go to Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse (duh). We decided to walk into town but stopped along the way at EVOO Cannon Beach. Michael then said he had also tried to check on reservations for our anniversary but there weren’t any. WELL, you know me – I had to go IN and ask. Michael laughed and said, “yeah right, their going to laugh at you”… SURPRISE – SCORED!!, they had two spots for tonight (someone wasn’t able to make it and they were just about to call others). But since I mentioned this was our anniversary – they gave US the spots! HA I also mentioned told them what Michael said and Bob (the owner) smiled. (Since I’m writing/posting this Sunday morning I’ll also share all the photos I took during this great evening also on another post) and needless to say I am FULL (thankfully brought that pill but I shared lots of mine with M – so much for that much needed diet now)! LOL
Happily I told Michael he now really could go get a beer, but as for me, I wanted to take a walk and look at some of the cottage homes (luckily the weather started clearing back up). I’ll share these amazing photos on a separate posts (way too many). But I walked back up Hemlock and went back & forth until I circled back on Ocean Drive and out 1st Ave. At this point, I thought I’d better go meet Michael at Bill’s Tavern. He had a bite to eat and I bought us some zip up (for him) and a hoodie for me.
Back to take a little nap and check on Sammy. I was a happy girl and couldn’t sleep but I let him rest for a bit while I took Sammy out for a potty break and then said, “now I want some ice cream” (hee hee). So back out we went and I took M along Ocean Drive to show him some of the little cottage homes (that are also rentals – hint hint) and all my ‘suggestions’ on what I’d like to add to Little House to give it that cottage look in Seattle.
Waffle cone and ice cream with a windy walk along the beach… a LONG walk along the beach (from the gully to almost all the way to the end). But we needed this…
More to come – the Cooking Class Adventure & Cottage Tour. 🙂