For Chuck and my annual anniversary adventure this year, we decided on a road trip to the Oregon Coast and Crater Lake. Last year’s adventure to Kaua’i and the Kalalau Trail would be hard to top but this trip was close!
May 24, 2012 – North Coast
Fort Stevens State Park -
Ecola State Park -
Cannon Beach (which was named after a cannon found on the beach in the 1800s – just a little bit of trivia for you…) -
Tillamook: home of the famous Cheese Factory -
Three Capes Scenic Loop -
May 25, 2012 – Down the coast
Seal Rock State Park -
Oregon Dunes National Park -
Shore Acres State Park -
May 26, 2012 – Bandon
May 27, 2012 – Our anniversary! Inland to Crater Lake
Umpqua River -
Crater Lake National Park -
May 28, 2012 – Homeward bound
There you have it – 1,400 miles of roadtrip fun! The past 3 years of wedded bliss have been fantastic and I’m so excited for the adventures to come!
Trip details -
Where we stayed:
Lincoln Inn, Astoria – Nothing fancy but it had a nice view of the Columbia River. We enjoyed watching the season finales of ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Revenge’ here.
Cape Lookout State Park, outside Tillamook – Awesome beachside camping spot. What could be better than having the ocean lulling you to sleep?
Sunset Bay State Park, outside Coos Bay – Another great camping spot
Bandon Beach Motel, Bandon – Cute little family-owned motel with an amazing view. Literally steps from the beach.
Crater Lake Lodge, Crater Lake – We decided to splurge for our anniversary and stay at ‘the Lodge’. Beautiful place with an amazing view, although, I was a little disappointed that the old lodge wasn’t more like the one in ‘The Shining’…
Where we ate (restaurant highlights):
Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe, Astoria – Great coffee and the best scone that I’ve ever tasted
Fort George Brewery, Astoria – Tasty pub food and the best IPA that I’ve ever tasted
Mojo Coffee, Lincoln City – The best mocha that I had on our trip. And I just saw on their website that they donate 10% of their profits to the children of Lincoln county and Ethiopia – gotta love socially responsible companies!
Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room, Crater Lake – Ooh, la la – the tastiest (and most expensive dinner) of our trip
10 Barrel Brewing Co, Bend - I loved everything about this place – the atmosphere (great patio seating), the beers (I loved the ISA – Indian Session Ale), and the food (steak gorgonzola nachos and buffalo chicken pizza)
What we listened to:
LOTS of music, particularly my ‘Favorites’ iTunes playlist which included Eddie Vedder, M83, Blink 182, Florence + The Machine, Rihanna, and R Kelly’s ‘Ignition‘ (as a joke, since Dave Chappelle’s version is so hilariously similar)
Audiobook ‘Bloodman‘ by Robert Pobi – We tried our first audiobook (‘Shutter Island’ by Dennis Lehane) on our 1st anniversary roadtrip to Yellowstone and loved it – there were so many amazing sights to stop and see but it was hard to stop listening. ‘Bloodman’ was no different – we were so intrigued that we didn’t talk for several hours straight.
What we read:
The Rough Guide to Oregon and Washington – I love guidebooks and this one did a pretty good job of providing little bits of trivia and keeping us from getting lost
How Well Do You Know Your Boyfriend? – This was a book that I picked up for a buck a few years ago. Did you know that Chuck used to collect stamps?
Some images available for purchase here.