We Made It to the Pacific!
Our second day in the Grand Tetons was not quite as exciting in terms of wildlife encounters, although we did see a nesting bald eagle. We hiked about 12 miles, including a slight detour where we took the road less traveled and ended up at a dead end. That gave us roughly 22 miles of hiking over two days, which seemed like an accomplishment.
Because of the accidental hiking detour, we left later than we had planned and had a long drive that night to Missoula, MT. We’re headed to visit friends on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State for the midpoint of the trip. It will be the first time in a week we’ve spent more than one night in one place and we’re looking forward to it.
Our friends live on a peaceful tree farm–above was the view I woke up to!
On Day 8 we picked green beans for canning, made bread, harvested kale to make kale chips and had homemade sushi made with local tuna and salmon–delicious!
From here on out it’s going to be easier driving as we head south. Hopefully no more 12 hour driving days! We’ve come about 3000 miles and have another 1000 to go until LA.
On Day 9 we made it to the Pacific Ocean–Cannon Beach, OR–one of my favorite places. Phil had been there as a young child, but had no memory of it, so it was fun to reintroduce him. We had a picnic on the beach with sandwiches made from the bread we’d baked the day before and walked down to Haystack Rock.
Portland, OR is the next stop. We got in early enough to visit Powell’s bookstore–both of us are bookstore lovers–then did a little exploring in the Pearl District. Dinner at the Rogue Brewery and a sampling of local beers, then dessert at Le Happy, a delicious crepe restaurant that had been recommended to Phil by a friend in Vermont.
There’s a heat wave going on in the Northwest and it’s over 100 degrees in Portland. Before heading out the next morning, we stopped at the Japanese Gardens–another recommendation from Phil’s friend–and it was blissfully peaceful and cool.
The patterns in the sand would make great texture on a quilt, don’t you think?