Lots to do in the Pacific Northwest.
We worked our way South through Washington stopping for Don to play Chambers Bay Golf Club (home of the 2015 US Open) on the banks of the Puget Sound.
Crossing in to Oregon we head straight for Portland and a few days enjoying the food trucks and crazy craft beer scene.
With over 80 local breweries Portland has certainly earned its moniker as #1 beer city in America if not the world.
From Portland we headed Southeast to the town of Bend and the Cascade Lakes for a few days of camping and kayaking. After checking out a couple of campgrounds, we settled on Cultus Lake for 3 days. We loved it here and it felt great to park it for a few days.
We loved kayaking Cultus Lake. We crossed the entire lake and went for a swim.
Having recharged with a few idle days and now craving seafood we pointed the truck back west and within four hours were on the coast and in the fishing village of Newport, Oregon.
We hit Newport just in time for Albacore Tuna season when the tuna are in Oregon waters feasting on anchovies and sardines.
So we also had a feast!
(Mo’s produces 500,000 lbs of clam chowder a year!)
We ate it before we could take a photo of it.
Male California Sea Lions make the trip North to hang out while the ladies stay in California.
The concrete slab above is a small piece of a dock that broke away during the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami (caused by 9.0 earthquake). The dock measuring 19 feet x 68 feet x 7 feet and weighing 165 tons spent 15 months floating across the pacific before landing on a beach in Newport. This piece was cut off, cleaned up and placed in town to promote Tsunami awareness.
The next few days took us down the Oregon Coast exploring the towns and villages and hiking the endless beaches and dunes.
In all, we spent 8 days in Oregon and felt we didn’t scratch the surface.
…Next stop California!