So we just returned from a 10 day road trip. Departing Victoria BC we boarded the Coho Ferry to Washington state; drove through Port Angeles, through the Olympic Peninsula (most of it is park) and then over to the coast. We spend out first night at an Air B&B in Raymond, which was located in a very scenic country home. Day 2 was a long but wonderful day driving the coast of Oregon. The sun shone and the waves crashed as we put mile after mile on the Suburu. Cannon Beach was recommended and it was wonderful! Discovered what a monolith is….and it seems the coast has many of them! We also soon realized why sailors go a long way off the coast when navigating this coast….rocks and shallow water are lovely to look at but take on a different perspective while on a sailboat! We spent a glorious night in Brookings at our second Air B&B. This home overlooked the harbour so was a very different contrast to our first night. Day 3 we dipped into Northern California and then back into Oregon so that we could see some of the forests in the area. A lovely drive through rural Oregon, farm land and vineyards and we made our way to enchanting Jacksonville. The town has many historic buildings and we ate lunch in a saloon. We were imagining fights there many years ago as we sipped our tea (too early to drink beer!)! Next stop was Eugene to spend a few days visiting Barr and Terry, sailing friends whom we met on the west coast of BC a couple years ago. Visiting, eating, sipping, walking and driving with our dear friends made our stop there a real joy. Day 7 we departed Eugene and took the byway to McMinnville to stay at the Oregon Hotel (one of the many McMenamin Hotels). What a delight! We began Day 8 with a trip to the Air and Space Museum just outside of McMinnville to see the Spruce Goose and many other planes, choppers, rockets. Very well done! Next we went to Milwaukie to shop and eat at Bob’s Red Mill store and restaurant. We love these products so stocked up for the boat! Also had a terrific sandwich there! That night we checked into another McMenamin Hotel, The Kennedy School in Portland for 2 nights. LOVED IT! Such a great place! Only 6 bars, a theatre, soaking pool, art everywhere, funky everything! Toured Portland by car as we had our Shih Tzu ‘Tami’ along and she doesn’t like to walk! Then we drove to meet our Eugene friends at their boat to give them a lift back to their car and had breakfast along the way. The next day we drove the I-5 to Seattle then took a side road to La Connor, a quaint town in Washington known for its tulip festivals each spring. Then off to Anacortes for the last night and a lovely ferry ride through the San Juan islands to Sidney the next morning. Home sweet home!


The first pic is a monolith at Cannon Beach. The second pic is Kennedy School, one of the McMenomin Hotels in Portland. And the last one is the elevator door of another McMenomin Hotel in McMinnville, the Oregon Hotel.