We have had a fantastic week along the Oregon coast! On Friday we picked Lindsay and Connor up at Portland airport and headed back to our site at Fort Stevens State Park, just outside of Astoria. Astoria is one of the oldest ports along the Columbia River, situated on the mouth of the river. It is actually the first settled US town on the Pacific Coast.
Our week was spent reacquainting ourselves with our favourite spots, while showing them off to Lindsay.
This included a drive up the Long Beach Peninsula to Oysterville on Willapa Bay. Oysterville boasts a few shops, the most popular being the Oysterville Sea Farms and the chance to buy fresh oysters for dinner!
No trip is complete without a stop at Mo’s Seafood Restaurants, and this week included 2 stops. Poor us hey? Since you can’t begin to taste everything in one visit, we needed to go twice to make sure Lindsay enjoyed a little bit f a lot. Our fist visit was in Cannon Beach, which is in itself a unique visit. Cannon Beach is a pretty “touristy” place, with a lot of restaurants and high priced shops, but a great walk none the less. And nearby Seaside has an outlet mall, although a pretty bleak one. We did find some treasures though, and a last top at Mo’s finished off a great day.
We stayed at a few state parks this round, Fort Stevens, Beverly Beach and Jessie Honeyman, but Fort Stevens is the best. Easy beach access, and a coffee shop within walking distance! We had forgotten why we aren’t totally thrilled with Jessie Honeyman, but as part of the National Dunes Area, there is no beach access, and we couldn’t find any either.
But we did fit in a lot of road trips, another visit to Mo’s in Florence, and another outlet visit in Lincoln City. We visited lighthouses, beaches, checked out other state parks, and generally just enjoyed being together and visiting.
Aside from all of that, we had such a great visit with Lindsay and Connor. It was so special to see Connor every day, and he was a fabulous guest. He also happened to pop a few teeth while with us, and still he was 100% an angel! He learned some new sounds, and found listening to Jimmy Buffet at a high volume was quite relaxing while travelling.
Our last day together we braved traffic and once again – hold on for this – we visited a mall! Hard to believe hey? Then came home, ordered pizza, went to the hot tubs and are enjoying a quiet evening.
Stay tuned as I fill in our last few days by the end of next week!
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