Did I say Homies? More like the Three Musketeers. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it. I love this state. I love the air, the lush greenery, the people, the beer, the waterfalls... and oh yes. The donuts. This is in my files of oldies, but goodies. Our "road trip logo" is 3000. Why? Because most every time we get in the car we do 3,000+ miles in four days. This road trip would be no different. While I will try to recollect the majority of our stops, bear with me as I may miss a few and the names of some of the waterfalls have long since left. Although I can tell you the trail they were on. We started in L.A. of course. A 2am pickup call. The three amigos. We drove all morning up the 5 straight on through until we crossed over to Arcata, where our adventure would begin. Stops included the shoe tree, Golden Harvest Cafe, and of course Lost Coast Brewery. We caught the sunset at the beach and continued our drive into the night. None of us can remember actually stopping to sleep, but I feel like we must have.
Crossing the Oregon border somewhere in the night our morning started sweet in Florence, Oregon. Florence is a small town located at the Siuslaw River, named for the Native Americans that inhabited the area originally. With a few historic buildings and the remnants of a ferry landing, this quaint town is a perfect morning refreshment. Breakfast at the Little Brown Hen Cafe was delicious along with a walk along the streets and views of the river after to stretch our legs before continuing on to Heceta Head Lighthouse.
Haceta Head Lighthouse was constructed between 1892 and 1893. The cove to the south was once part of Devil's Elbow State Park, but was renamed Haceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint when it was acquired from private owners between 1930 and 1987.
From here the plan was to head up to Hug Point. Why? Because someone in the car wanted a picture of everyone hugging at Hug Point. I wont name names, but it's safe to say it couldn't possibly have been the only female on the trip. On our way up the coast (yes they give in to my whims on occasion) we saw a turnoff to Portland, A shortcut across on the 22 would mean we would miss our hug time. Last minute decision we made the turnoff and found something so worth it. The Spruce Goose!! Now for those of you who never saw this giant plane or for those of you like me who ooed and awwed over it as a youngin', but wonder where the gigantic World War II airplane disappeared to, we found it! They hid it way up in the middle of Oregon!! McKinnville, Oregon to be exact. At the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. We felt like kids in a candy store. We had hit the jackpot at this place. Of course we stopped to check out the entire museum. Not only did they have the Spruce Goose... they had an SR-71 Blackbird! My favorite as kid. I would spend hours building models of these and yes I went to every airshow. My excitement levels are rising as I type. I'll indulge myself in the next barrage of photographs.
Evergreen.. where a kid can be a kid. Now on to where an adult can be.. well.. an adult! With all of the great breweries in this town I wouldn't want to be anything else! Arriving in Portland we stayed in a boutique hotel called Hotel deLuxe. Stepping into here is like going old school Hollywood Glam. The Peal District and Nob Hill are within walking distance. Service was excellent and the hotel luxurious. I fell in love with the old behind-the-scene photographs that lined the hallway walls and sitting at the expansive writing desk in the room. Okay maybe I wasn't writing, but I WAS eating donuts. Voodoo donuts to be exact. And their donuts are just as good as every review says they are. I'm a fan. The other must stop is Rogue Brewery. Not only are their beers tasty, but their menu is too! Fuel up on some heavy mac n' cheese amongst other comfort foods. Another great brewery was Pints. Smaller, but just as good. We actually really enjoyed the vibe here. Perfect beginning to a beer tasting evening.
Portland is a quirky town and I was in love. It was that time again though... to continue on to relish in Oregon's great outdoors. I could definitely use more time in this state.