The third day of our trip was a designated road trip day; destination: Portland, Orgeon.
Before we left Seattle we decided to explore the University of Washington campus.
The grounds and building were picturesque, the gardens lush and we enjoyed burning off some energy touring the HUGE campus.
Given that my entire university could have fit on their green I was impressed that they had a massive fountain in the middle of campus.
Their gardens were amazing!
Lots of herbs and a wide variety of plants were growing.
How awesome is this mammoth tree?!!
Soon enough we were on the road taking the long way towards Portland. Driving at such a low elevation, right beside water most of the way was very different from what I’m used to.
I loved being able to pull over and paparazzi NATURE!
On the way we stumbled upon a delicious coffee place, All Wrapped Up in Montesano, WA. If you find yourself nearby do yourself a favour and stop too.
My SOY caramel latte (yes, soy in the middle of nowhere. I love the PNW!) and brownie were both fantastic! The barissta’s were awesome as well!
Unfortch the Oyster capital of the world was not as grand. We were hoping to stop at an Oyster bar but the town was rather sparse. I guess they were all busy collecting Oysters? We settled for photos with the sign.
In Seaside we took a right at Lois ‘n Clark and found ourselves
some bird friends the Pacific Ocean.
Despite the name Seaside wasn’t very impressive so we pressed on and lucked out.
Just around the bend we found gorgeous Cannon Beach.
Those massive rocks? Already more impressive than Fundy… It’s nearly been a year and I’m still bitter Fundy was such a letdown.
The Oregon coast was definitely not a let down.
I already thought the beach was awesome (obvs) and then we discovered the hidden gems!
The big rocks were covered in these guys.
Check out this rock, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
Oh snap! That’s not a rock…
Definitely not a rock but totally awesome.
There were blue ones too!
Jules’ dad remembered Jewell, OR as being pretty so we detoured for a visit.
In case you were wondering, cows are really loud!
The moss made the trees seem enchanted until we realized Jewell may or may not be reallllly creep.
After near death on a dead end road that should have led to the highway we hightailed it back the way we came. Don’t go to Jewell.
I’m glad we escaped the creepy town and loose dogs because it meant we got to have dinner with Gary and Amber at Nicholas’. Mama Pea recommended this restaurant to me so I was excited when Gary suggested it for dinner.
I am always hungry for Middle Eastern but it will never be the same now that I know glorious pizza sized, fresh pita exists. TDF!
We ordered quite a feast for the table to share family style.