1st - 30th September 2017 - Washington - Oregon - California - Island of Hawaii & O'ahu

Friday 1st September

Into Seattle for the hop on hop off trolley tour. The tour started near the Space Needle and took us along the water front piers with the many shops and restaurants.

At lunch-time we stopped at the Crab Pot restaurant on the waterfront. As the name suggests the restaurant specializes in seafood and what a feast we had. We ordered a crab pot that consisted of Dungeness and Alaskan crab with mussels, clams, prawns, andouille sausage, corn and red potatoes all tipped into the middle of the table onto crease proof paper to pick at and enjoy.

Back on the bus we continued our tour around the city. This is Labor Day weekend and everywhere was busy with crowds of people all enjoying the warm sunshine and blue skies. Seattle is a town of headquarters, including Amazon, Microsoft, and of course Starbucks.

The first ever Starbucks.

Saturday 2nd September

Got on our way this morning heading west towards the Oregon coast, passing Olympia the state capital. This is the start of our journey along the Oregon coast to California and our destination San Francisco.

The Astoria-Megler Bridge across the mouth of the Columbia River bridge crossing the state line into Oregon.

Arrived at the north Oregon coastal town of Seaside, our campsite is Circle Creek RV Park - 32 dollars a night, no hook up. Everywhere is very busy because of the Labor Day weekend.

Went into Seaside town, about a mile north of the campsite. A 50’s style resort with a beautiful beach. We arrived in town at sunset, lots of people in town and on the beach.

There is a statue of Lewis and Clarke here commemorating their epic journey in 1804-1806 across northern America to find a route to the Pacific Ocean.

Sunday 3rd September

Five miles north is the beautiful beach town of Cannon Beach. It was so busy we couldn’t find a parking space and therefore, continued on a mile or so to Tolovana Beach. Sandy had a great run on the beach and dip in the very chilly Ocean.

Cannon Beach is classic Oregan coast with beautiful beaches, rolling surf, dramatic rock formations and stunning viewpoints .

Haystack Rock in the background.

Back into Cannon Beach this evening to see the sunset and have a look around the town.

Dinner at The Irish table. Dungeness crab for starter, steak and colcannon for entrée – delish.

Monday 4th September

Ninette and I got on the road early this morning and went into Cannon Beach before all the parking spaces got taken. We had a lovely morning looking around this picturesque little town with its beaches to die for on one side and pine forested hills at the back. Art galleries and unique boutique shops abound.

At mid-day we got back on the 101 to continue our journey south.

Scenic views of the Oregon coastline near Manzanita.

Arrived at the Waldport/Newport KOA RV Park in central Oregon.

Went to the Salty Dawg Bar & Grill in town for dinner. This is a locals bar serving hearty meals, like clam chowder inside a sourdough loaf.

Tuesday 5th September

Set off east this morning for a picturesque drive through the Siuslaw Forest to Junction City on Highway 99. Here is Guaranty RV Supercenter. Simon and Ninette are thinking about the purchase of an RV, Erik, our salesman, showed us around their extensive range of RV’s for sale. We had a test drive in a Newmar 3124 which came up as the favourite model. No decision made yet but a lot to think about.

On our way back, we stopped off at the small beach town of Yachats for dinner at Ona Restaurant and Bar. We sat out on their patio where the heaters were on to keep off the nights chill.

Wednesday 6th September

There are several forest fires burning in Oregon causing smoke haze and mixed with the morning sea mist it led to a pretty foggy travel day. The journey continued along the Oregon Coastal Highway 101. As we hugged the coast we soon came to Cape Perpetua Scenic Area where we stopped to have breakfast and take a few photographs. The mist was rolling in and out of the trees and across the rocks. The sea was grey and frothy, with high white rollers rushing to shore.

Breakfast

For lunch we stopped off at the small town of Bandon with it’s quaint clapboard buildings and boutique shops. After a walk around the town and a little retail therapy we stopped at Tony’s Crab Shack and ordered hot prawn and crab sandwiches.

After collecting our packed lunch from Tony’s we went a couple of miles north out of town to the Devils Kitchen State Park, a small park overlooking the beach, the sea was lost in the mist.

After our delicious picnic lunch, we walked through the sand dunes onto the beach and ventured out into the mist to dip our toes in the very chilly sea.

The sand was warm, soft and comfortable as we sat and relaxed. The last time we were in Bandon was June 2015, then the sky was brilliant blue, the sun was shining and the wind was blowing, a total contrast to today.

The dog had lots of fun fetching sticks.

Back on the road and an hour later we got to our destination, Gold Beach and the Oceanside RV Park.

Thursday 7th September

Today we went along the Rogue River in a jet boat with Jerry’s Rogue Jets

It was another misty morning as we set off along the Rogue River with our skipper Geoff.

Our hope was that the weather would clear a little as we moved inland. We were wrong, there was torrential rain, thunder and lightning. Arriving at Cougar Lane Lodge, absolutely drenched and looking forward to a hot drink, we were soon disappointed, The lightening had taken the power out!

Back to the boat, still drenched but at least it had stopped raining but it wasn’t long before another deluge was dropped on us.

Anyway, we still managed to laugh and the rain did eventually stop. We enjoyed the scenery, wildlife, fishermen (and women) landing large salmon, running the rapids and the boat captains occasional 360 spin of the boat.

However, the highlight of the trip was seeing a black bear. He followed us along the river bank for some time. It was certainly the longest sighting of a bear we had experienced.