Riding shot-gun, navigating, sight-seeing, doing hand-work, munching on junk food...how could that NOT be fun?!? Well-ell-hell...do things ever go as planned?!? We left sunny Seattle for Bandon, Oregon...The Boy and Map Quest said it would be a six hour drive...they both lied.
Bandon, Oregon is the home of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort...which is where The Boy has dreamed of playing...I talked my way into riding along because I pictured a scenic drive down the coast with stops at antique and quilt shops, farmers markets and visiting little seaside towns...yes, I was delusional.
Traffic was a nightmare - but once we got past the Tacoma Dome we started to make good time...did you know Tacoma smells? Some days it's not as bad as others, it's the paper mills in the city, you would think trees/paper wouldn't stink but as we drove through the city it was gaggingly awful! The Boy informed me that the Tacoma Dome is the world's largest wooden dome...I have no idea if that's true or not...and I didn't want to look it up either because the city smells, so they might as well lay claim to the world's largest dome...I can give them that!
Our first stop was Portland's Stepping Stone Cafe so The Boy could finish off a plate of 12-inch diameter pancakes...the "short stack." He heard about this place on Man vs. Food...and the food was great (I had their grilled cheese with a cup of tomato-gorgonzola soup...very tasty) but I felt very out of place without any tattoos or body piercings. Maybe next time I'll go prepared with a rub-on tattoo. As The Boy said, the only thing wrong with Portland is they don't spay and/or neuter their hippies. My apologies to any hippies lacking a sense of humor.
We also stopped at the block-long-world-famous-Powell Books...I could have spent all day in that fabulous book store! But having The Boy with me was like having a chihuahua nipping at my heels...I was only allowed about 20 minutes!
Portland is a beautiful city - it's known as the City of Roses and as we walked around we saw roses everywhere - and they smelled heavenly...so much better than Tacoma! I love Portland's Pearl District - wonderful shopping and restaurants and no trip to Portland is complete without a stop at VooDoo Donuts or Fabric Depot!!
After killing more time than we had planned in Portland, The Boy was hell-bent on getting to Bandon without stopping again...so much for doing antique and quilt shops! As the hours rolled on...we realized that there was NO way we'd make it to our destination in six hours...we left the house at 9:30 am and arrived in Bandon at 8:45 pm...11 hours!!! And there was no scenic beach driving either...I-5 South to Eugene...then we headed West to the Coast only Highway 101 doesn't really follow the coast - it's inland about 2 miles so we were driving on windy, two-lane roads where the speed limit was about 30 mph and we were often stuck behind logging trucks, semis, trailers...at times we could have walked faster!
Once we made it to Bandon, which is not the end of the earth but you can see if from here...we checked into the Sunset Motel...which is really quite lovely! We have beach access as we are on a cliff over looking the beach...and the scenery is amazing! Huge boulders dot the coast - the tide was out when we arrived so we were able to walk the beach and enjoy the sunset.
The Boy will golf, I will write/paint/sew and catch up on email...and walk the beach hoping to find a few treasures along the way...I'm somewhat of a shell/driftwood freak...we all have our crosses to bear!
Update: We woke this morning to rain...cold, drizzly, windy...The Boy left to play golf and I went for a walk... I returned soaking wet and freezing only to discover I had locked myself out of the room...thankfully the maid took pity on me...and then things went downhill from there...I realized I had left my cell and laptop chargers at home and will be off the grid in less than two hours! I also burned my thumb quite badly and scorched my shirt because I cannot wear a wrinkly shirt in a motel while I do nothing...and I left my camera at home but I brought the charger for that! These pics are with my cell phone...which is now dead...things are going great!