|Two rocks at Cape Meares.|
We had to bid goodbye to our apartment in Irvington today and we want to endorse once again Carolyn Younger's lovely place that is much better than any hotel room and $115/night. Seriously. It appeals to the cheapie bargain Betty side of me that my momma instilled and doesn't offend the "it pays to go first class" side of Paul imparted by someone---not sure if it was his dad or his mom, but these folks knew how to live it up in style! A great blend of both and a wonderful place to stay and practicality of pricing and within walking distance of anything you could ever need and then some.
|This coastal drive with plenty of good walks along it is one picturesque turn after the next!|
|Oregon coastal rainforest|
|Cape Meares lighthouse|
|Paul watching the waves crash and feeling his "blood pressure going down"|
|The octopus tree|
Our initial goal today was to get to Garibaldi, Oregon, a quiet seaside fishing village, by lunchtime. Paul had visited a number of years ago, but missed the boats coming in with the fresh catch, so this item took priority.
The drive down to Garibaldi is through the Tillamook Forest. This was a beautiful mix of conifers and deciduous trees over slopes and hillsides. We wished we had more time to stop and explore but maybe next trip.
|The harbor at Garibaldi|
|Welcome wagon, Garibaldi style|
|Big G is Garibaldi on the hillside|
|Paul admires the fisherman's town and stands with local denizen on the docks|
|A view out to sea from Garibaldi|
|Black, white and shades of grey|
|If you are gonna catch the crabs, this is the only way to go|
|Theoretically the best fish and chips in Garibaldi|
|Fish, shrimp and "chips" Pretty tasty.|
|The interior of the establishment|
|The only stop in the forest we had time for was a pit stop :(|
|Forty pound blocks of cheese headed off for wrapping and aging.|
|Lotsa cheese, lotsa folks|
|The sky above Tillamook|
|the great flavors of marionberry, huckleberry and mountain blackberry. I think this cup held a quart!|
|Paul samples the wares.|
From the Tillamook factory, the path out to the Three Capes is pretty close and easy to follow. The first stop was Cape Meares seen in the initial photos. This cape was really stunning and you viewed most of it from the bluffs. The octopus tree was really a fascinating short hike to an eight trunked tree. It is not known if this was natural or if some human influence got it where it is today, but it's definitely worth the walk to take a gander.
We spent about 45 minutes here just admiring our surroundings. Then we were down the road a ways to see Cape Lookout.
|The beach between Cape Meares and Cape Lookout|
|A guide to our hike at Cape Lookout. Two and half miles through forests and across bluffs to the end of the continent.|
|South Beach of Cape Lookout. So much nicer than the Miami type.|
|A forest full of ferns and|
|Tall coastal rain forest. It really dwarfs the hubby|
|Nearing the end of the peninsula close to sunset.|
|We really got the feeling of being on the very tip of a continent which we were when we saw nothing but ocean ahead|
|Happy campers. We made it to land's end and saw a beautiful sea.|
We found our new accommodations at the PDX eco cottage. This is small cottage built in the Ladd's addition, a planned community of Portland shaped in an X and built about 100 years ago. It was somewhat modeled after a section of Washington DC. Although only about 800 sq ft, it has everything we need and is very comfortable and stylish.
|Kitchen and dining room|
The meal was fantastic as always in this small space. It is a sister restaurant to Le Pigeon on the other side of the river.
|Cocktails a la Little Bird|
|Leek and guyere crepes with mushroom salad|
|The bar and kitchen of Little Bird. We love the shelving for all the different liquors!|
|One happy canine|
While I'd rate Le Pigeon from the night before above Little Bird for dining, it was still pretty darn good. The eco-cottage we are staying in is in Ladd's Addition, a planned development in Portland from over 100 years ago, that was based on some of the L'Enfant plans from Washington DC. When I looked at the layout, which resembles a giant "X", it struck me as familiar and now I know why. Neither of us has spent much time in this neighborhood, so it's a new area for us and so far, very nice. They have recently run the train out here via the orange line all the way to Milwaukie, so that makes it even more attractive. More reasons to love Portland!