We woke up and got on the road from our cute little Boat Theme Room after a good nights sleep (read: we slept in). Along the way we passed a sign for the Lews and Clark National Park. We’d seen stuff all over with the Lewis and Clark names on it and we figured this would be the best place to check out.
Fort Clatsop isn’t that great. It’s pretty much a visitor center and remake of a 6 room fort. that’s it. Not really much to look at. There’s even a sign that says the fort’s location is only an estimation. However; if you’re interested in reading or listening to information about Lewis and Clark its great. We watched a little video and then determined there was nothing there we couldn’t get elsewhere so we headed on out.
From there we were on to Astoria where we stopped at the harbor and headed over into Washington. Hurray! we made it! After driving for quite a while up the coast of washington we were bored. Route 101 doesn’t really follow the coast in Washington like it does in Oregon and it’s nowhere near as scenic. After a while we decided to head inland to Seattle and call it a day.
Almost into Seattle we got a phone call from Heather who was in visiting from Portland for the day and we decided to meet up for dinner at Johnny’s Dock. It was a little pricey but the food and the service was great! Liam even got a private magic show!
We said our goodbyes after a great meal and it was on to the downtown Ramada for the night.
On our way to Portland we flew through Newark (New Jersey) and for once we didn’t miss our flights because of it… Of course, once we got on the plane to Portland we did sit on the runway for an hour …sigh…
Ahh well, once we were finally in the air Rachel and I watched Kingdom of Heaven on my iPhone and we were then graced with some magnificent views of the Mountainous west coast.
After being in Portland for all of 30 minutes we had a few observations:
- It’s very green. There’s huge Ponderosa Pine Trees absolutely everywhere and they’re gorgeous.
- It’s very green-conscious. We probably saw 147 bikes between the airport and our Hotel. There are bike lanes on literally every street, and bike paths next to every highway. There are “Please Conserve Water” signs everywhere.
- The flowers are amazing and they’re everywhere
- It’s Claim Jumpers not Clam Jumpers
- Shopping is great here. Lots of outlet stores and no sales tax! This doesn’t mean we’ll be doing any this trip, but it certainly is a good place to go if you’d like to. The pearl district seems to be where all the higher class shops are.
- Unemployment is bad here, we saw beggars on pretty much every major intersection between the airport and the hotel.
We had a great trip in and a nice relaxing first day.
Rachel’s Brother George lives in Portland Oregon and he’s getting married in July (the 11th to be exact). Since we’ll be trekking all the way across the country for the big event we’re planning on making a vacation of it. We’ll be staying in the Pacific Northwest for 3 weeks. The rough itinerary is Portland for about a week, Glacier National Park for about a week, Seattle for a few days and then back to Portland to fly home. Beyond that we have no idea.
We’re trying to plan as little as possible and just wing it but we’ve put together a tentative map of the route we might take and the places we want to see.
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We don’t want to plan our trip but we do want ideas. We’ve never been to the west coast or the pacific northwest and we need to know the cool stuff to do or see. If you have been to this part of the country, please let us know what places you enjoyed (and those you didn’t) so we can add it to our list!