Starting the day in Eureka, we woke up around 8:00 to embark upon our drive up the Oregon Coast. We started the day at the Big 5 there to get a tent, but I also picked up a hat with the words "Ducks Unlimited" on it. I don't know what that means or what it's for but it fit just fine. We then went to Starbucks with the sincere hope they could provide us with some of the delicious breakfast sandwiches. Alas, they did not carry them and we left sullen with only coffee. Our spirits were raised with lucnh at a brewery in Crescent City with delicious beer and burgers. They were raised further upon entering Oregon and discovering just how amazing the coast of Oregon is. Breathtaking views for miles upon miles. We stopped many times and took many pictures. We stopped at one point to appreciate some driftwood art... particularly a miniature castle.
We found a brewery that was pretty good and got some supplies for camping.
That night, it was getting really late and we were approaching Astoria so we started looking for a place to camp for the night. After several unsuccesful stops, we found a little off-the-road place with a creepy old hag who told us to just set up and go to sleep. After some JD, we obliged.
The day started at about 6 AM. After using some lovely restroom facililities we headed out toward Astoria, OR.
The only thing we wanted to see there was the Astoria Column. We didn't think it would be much and were pleasantly surprised by it.
After the 144 steps to the top (I counted) we saw an absolutely spectacular view of the Columbia River and the surrounding mountains.
We took alot of pictures! Afterwards We planned to get a quick bite for the road and found this absolutely lovely little locals cafe'called Astoria Coffee and Cafe.
The day ahead would prove to be ALOT of driving...
Heading up the coast, we first stop in Aberdeen, home of the mighty Kurt Cobain. We tried to determine which way would be the quickest through Olympic Park, since we were running seriously behind schedule and needed to catch the ferry to Victoria. We chose to go west, along the coast. It was beautiful. There was a spot called Ruby Beach which was spectacular. We also stopped at the Big Cedar Tree and climbed it a bit like the kids we are. Around the far side of the Olymipic peninsula, we came to the port town of Port Angeles. This town sucks. Never go there. After eating lunch, we barely got onto the Ferry leaving to Victoria. The ride was pretty great. But unsure what would happen that night due to lack of planning/sticking to schedule, there was some definite stress and tension. We broke out the JD to keep warm and loosen us up, which definitely worked wonders.
After arriving in Victoria's port, we knew it would be a special place.
We planned on taking an early afternoon Ferry to Victoria, spending the day there, then taking the ferry to our hotel in Vancouver.Well a funny thing happened. We got to Victoria too late and couldn't get a ferry off. We were literally trapped there.
But as we would come to find out, there are much worse places to be trapped. After much finagling with the travel company, we managed to book a room at a local hotel and delay our stay in Vancouver one day.
So with a night now in Victoria, we set out on the town. We found a great bar called the Sticky Wicket. After eating a few apppetizers and more than a few drinks, we walked around a bit and then realized there was another bar on top of the previous one we wanted to check out.
It turned out to be pretty awesome. It was basically a rooftop bar with music and sand volleyball and incredible.... scenery =)
We then took pictures in town, which looked amazing at night, and headed back to the hotel and crashed hard.
It was an exhausting, interesting and all around adventurous day.