Saturday, April 30, 2016

Washington Coast

I-5, US- 101, WA-8, US 12, WA-100


The car was packed the night before. This morning, I just had a couple of things to do before we hit the road at 11am, bound for the coast.

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The first access we found to the Pacific Ocean was Grayland State Park. A very flat and long beach.


We ran around a little bit but didn't go all the way to the water since it was so far away.  And we wanted to make it Cape Disappointment before it got late.


We got to Cape Disappointment State Park and I used my National Park Pass to park because it was also Lewis & Clark National Park. I fed River and we played on the sand near the water for a while.


Then we took a bridge over the Columbia River into Oregon
 To the small town of Seaside, where we found our first of many Motel 6s.  I set River up on a low TV table where he can feel like the king for a while. He's still a little bit nervous about the whole thing, but he'll settle into the rhythm in a few days.

Seaside has a population of about 6500. I went to get a burger at a popular place called Relief Pitcher.

It was a fully decked out standard American roadside tavern. It took a while to get my food, but it was worth the wait.



The Motel 6 in Seaside is not a favorite of mine. It is the prison style with long corridors and exits that are locked after 10pm. And parking here is abysmal. I had to park on the other side of a parking lot in what looked like parking for the restaurant next door. Because of this, I'm not bringing River's crate into the room. I brought him a blanket.

I'm also leaving my ice chests and luggage out there. Its cool enough overnight that I don't need to worry about anything, but once the sun comes up, I need to think about what's going on in there. So I'll be up at 6am to suss that situation. Maybe some closer parking spaces will open up by then.