Sleeping in a guest bed and taking a real shower in beautiful home was a nice reprieve from the road. But it also signaled that our great american road trip, and my sabbatical, were coming to an end.
We went to visit my aunt and uncle in their home for morning coffee and see the work they’ve done on their patio, from the flowers and fountains, to the ingenious netting curtain my uncle designed to keep the golf balls from hitting them when they sit outside (they are very close to the tee). Somehow, Cody received a cup-of-joe as well, not a good idea for a 12 year old to have before an 8 hour drive…
We returned to my cousin’s home where George had prepared another delicious meal. We packed up, said our goodbyes and hit the road north by northwest, heading to the Washington Coast and our beach cabin in Ocean Shores.
We took the scenic highway by Mount Hood where we told the kids about the Timberline Lodge being used as the location for Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shining; which we told them they could see when they are 16…
We really wanted to do something fun and offbeat for our last day pulling the trailer. Tawny got out a Roadside America app and we looked for funky side trips we could take along the way. There weren’t a lot of options to choose from. So we set our signts on the mysterious Mima Mounds, which we’d heard of over the years but never visited. Unfortunately we were running late after a late start as the kids were hungry and we stopped at one of our favorite places – Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon for lunch. Tawny and I had been to Edgefield years ago when we were first dating. We stayed in the historic hotel, ate at the fancy Black Rabbit Restaurant, and drank beers in their movie theater. Today we just went to the Powerstation Pub for some burgers and fries. Tawny and I noted the need to come down here sometime for a getaway weekend, maybe for one of their outdoor concerts.
Onward to Ocean Shores. Running late we skipped the Mima Mounds (another time) and headed straight for the ocean stopping only for gas. We rolled into Ocean Shores about 8pm and went directly to Bennet’s Fish Shack for dinner. We love this place. It has some of the best fish and chips on the west coast and never fails to deliver. It was a satisfying way to end the day before parking the trailer at our beach cabin and deciding to deal with it tomorrow.
I have followed your Blogs all the way. I have traveled the route you went with few exceptions. You did more stopping than we did, but the beauty is the same. Maybe next time you will take in Glacier Park, or on up in to Canada. Gorgeous! Glad Cody had the opportunity to enjoy this adventure.
I have even camped at Ocean Shores as well as Westport. Glad you are home safe. You should write a book! Shirley
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