Portland to Seattle via Columbia River Gorge

20 June 2014

Bridal Veil Falls
On the way to Bridal Veil Falls we spotted people parking on the side of the road and we started to get puzzled as to whether this was the parking, we decided to drive onwards and eventually found the official car park much further on, so I suspect the people parking on the road were hikers.  We didn’t have too much time so we were glad to have driven on to the official car park.  Judging by the number of signs about car thieves it obviously has a history of car break ins. We weren’t there too long and had everything hidden in the boot/trunk of the car and were fine.  It is quite a way down to the falls but worth it to see them, the hike back up to the carpark was a bit of an effort, but didn’t take too long.
 
Multnomah Falls and Mount St Helens
Parking for Multnomah Falls seems to operate on a one out, one in basis, so keep your eyes open for people leaving or heading back to their cars.  Again we didn’t have too much time so only did the short walk up to the bridge and no further.  There is a restaurant and snack vendors there for something to eat.
 
The bottom right picture is Mount St Helens taken from the Mount St Helens visitor centre.  We managed to get there just in time to catch the last video which shows footage of the eruption in 1980.  It is worth stopping at to read the displays and watching the short film.  

 

 

 

Lake Quinault to Cannon Beach

9-10 June 2014

A second visit to Quinault Mercantile for another Yogi Bearie Crunch was the perfect start to our day.  On our way south down the Pacific Coast Highway 101 we stopped for a quick wander around Raymond and Willapa lovely area with dozens of sculptures along the sides of the road, in every direction.   It makes the town attractive and gives a traveller a walm welcome.

We stopped for lunch in Long Beach which says it has the World’s Longest Beach! But put that in Google and there are others that seem to actually be longer.  However it is very, very long and worth a glimpse as you are passing.

As you leave Washington State and enter Oregon, you are on the World’s largest single truss bridge, I haven’t Googled this fact to test it…I don’t want to shatter all these facts we took in.

Lake Quinault to Cannon Beach

We had a wander around Astoria but didn’t stay long and we were relieved to have taken advice from TripAdvisor forums that said don’t bother staying there, instead we drove on to Cannon Beach and stayed at http://www.schoonerscove.com. We were I  room 25 and had a balcony and a perfect view of the sun setting, watching people strolling along the beach.  There is a supermarket close by and so we bought snacks and nibbles and had a buffet on the balcony…pure bliss!

In the collage of photos taken on Cannon Beach you can see a man carrying some driftwood that he then put down and watched the sunset!

Cannon Beach Views

 

The Olympic Peninsula, Washington USA

I only just wrote his but it happened in June, I am finishing off my other post tidying and adding other information. I haven’t worked out the best way to post yet, when you are so far behind.

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7-9 June 2014

I debated whether or not to include the stop at Lake Quinault, my itinerary kept changing over and over again and in the end, having read some entries on Sporkhashi’s blog I decided to include a 2 night stay at Lake Quinault Lodge, which is in a beautiful setting and is a lovely place to stay.

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We had a busy full day between our two nights travelling up the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula stopping at Forks, Ruby beach, La Push (famous for Twilight movies location) and Rialto beaches. We saw some Bald Eagles and we saw huge trees that were drift wood. A strange mist was rolling in from the sea and there is really such a weird atmosphere there, eerie yet tranquil. It was definitely worth adding to the trip.

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2015/01/img_0077.jpgWe went to Quinault Mercantile for breakfast both days and had their delicious ‘yogi…

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The Olympic Peninsula, Washington USA

7-9 June 2014

I debated whether or not to include the stop at Lake Quinault, my itinerary kept changing over and over again and in the end, having read some entries on Sporkhashi’s blog I decided to include a 2 night stay at Lake Quinault Lodge, which is in a beautiful setting and is a lovely place to stay.

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We had a busy full day between our two nights travelling up the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula stopping at Forks, Ruby beach, La Push (famous for Twilight movies location) and Rialto beaches. We saw some Bald Eagles and we saw huge trees that were drift wood. A strange mist was rolling in from the sea and there is really such a weird atmosphere there, eerie yet tranquil. It was definitely worth adding to the trip.

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2015/01/img_0077.jpgWe went to Quinault Mercantile for breakfast both days and had their delicious ‘yogi bearie crunch’, (Greek yogurt berries honey and granola).

When we got back from our trip we drove to see the world’s biggest spruce tree. We could have walked had we not got back so late. There were signs saying Cougars had been spotted recently in the area. That along with the black bear rumours we were glad we had driven (wimps!)

If you are in the area then the Salmon House Restaurant has nice options for salmon lovers like me and it was cooked well. Outside the window of the restaurant were lots of hummingbirds. Beautiful!

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The Great Dale Chihuly and my love of glass

I love glass! Not your average windows or drinking vessels, I mean beautiful works of art made from glass.

I have done glass blowing and glass jewellery making glasses at 2 different studios in Scotland, I collect glass, have inherited glass and have pieces we are looking after for my mother-in-law. So any opportunity to see beautiful glass structures or works of art made from glass…well you can be sure I will be there. So when I was researching and planning our journey around Washington and Oregon I was thrilled to find Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle and then the Museum of Glass in Tacoma (birth place of Dale).

If you are a lover of glass then book a flight to Seattle because at the base of the Space Needle you will find Chihuly Garden and Glass, it is beyond words. We went on the day we arrived from the UK having been up for a crazy number of hours already and feeling tired but determined to cram in as much as we could in our few days in Seattle. We walked around viewing the glass, then went up the Space Needle and watched the sunset, then came back down and went in for a second viewing to see the garden in the dark, all lit up.

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A couple of days later, with our hire car picked up, we drove south towards the Olympic Peninsula and we made our planned stop at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. We got to see live glass blowing and some amazing pieces of glass both by Dale and other artists. The size of some of the pieces were incredible and I find it hard to imagine how they were formed.

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