Cape Blanco Oregon is a pretty nice place to wake up, a little bit cool and foggy but very nice. Nothing an early morning campfire can’t cure.
We decided to spend the morning at Cape Blanco and go for a hike to the lighthouse. Before a big hike you need a big breakfast, Connie was on chef duty this morning.
Of course when traveling on a road trip with a baby you need to factor in time for naps. Archer loved the Volkswagen Westfalia and was quick to nap on the comfy bed before our hike.
We hiked to the lighthouse and back which is about 2km each way. We took the trails through the park on the way there and on the way back we walked down the beach. We had the whole beach to ourselves so our Portuguese Water Dog Zucca got to run off leash and burn off some energy. Some pictures of Cape Blanco…
We had a great time in Oregon, now off to California. We had our first bout of bad luck when we got to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, the park was sold out so we had to stay at Hiouchi RV Resort down the road. Hiouchi is a pretty plain park with not much to review, at least they had wifi…in some spots. Sleep
Loved the Historic Anchor Inn! Such a fun place with nice owners and it even included a real breakfast for the $89 a night rate. Our server was super nice and even brought in peaches from her tree at home to included in our breakfast.
After breakfast and a lazy start we were on the road to Cape Blano Oregon. We chose Cape Blanco based on advice from some fellow Westfalia owners on TheSamba.com a website forum dedicated classic Volkswagens. Since Cape Blanco is a first come first serve campsite we decided to head straight there and try and snag a spot. We did make a quick stop in Newport Oregon at Rogue brewing, unfortunately there’s nothing exciting to report.
Blah blah blah beautiful scenery blah blah Oregon is amazing. Since picking up Archer and Connie this was the longest drive day so far, arriving in Cape Blanco in about 5 hours.
We managed to get a good spot across from the entrance to one of the Cape Blanco walking trails. We set up the Westfalia and got started on dinner. I think I have mentioned the Primus Firehole a few times but haven’t mentioned the MSR Flex-4 System cook set, it’s been awesome and saves a lot of room in the VW camper. We used them both and cooked up some tasty vittles before a camp fire and bed.
Another shameless product plug is the Phil and Ted’s Lobster seat that archer is sitting in (below) attached to a picnic table. This thing is super solid and fits every table we tried it on not to mention it packs down flat taking up little space in the Westfalia camper van. It’s a must for traveling parents with a baby or toddler on a road trip.
We got a good nights sleep considering we stayed in a parking lot at the Cannon Beach RV Resort. The laundry facilities were handy and we’re starting off the day with a Westfalia full of clean clothes.
The drive down the coast in Oregon is beautiful but unlike California the road doesn’t always follow right along the coast line. We headed south towards Tillamook arriving in a little over an hour at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. This place is a tourist attraction in it’s truest form and they have done a great job at it. We had some tasty cheese, took some pictures in their VW bus display and ended it off with some delicious ice cream.
After filling up on dairy products we bought a souvenir Tillamook VW bus and some handy individual packages of Tillamook cheddar for the fridge. Back on the Highway 1 we headed south into Tilamook to search for a barber shop to get a much needed shave. We stumbled upon a cool looking place called Bob’s Barber Shop and thankfully Bob could fit me in. This is a great spot that I would recommend if you’re heading south down the Oregon Coast.
Next stop just south of Tillamook was the Tillamook Air Museum which is housed in a very impressive building originally constructed as a base for Military Air Ships (Blimps). This structure is the largest wooden building in America and it really is a must see if you’re in the area. The planes in the Museum are interesting but for me the building stole the show, it’s huge!
Our next stop was Pacific City for lunch at Pelican Pub & Brewery. The restaurant is located right on the beach so after lunch we had a chance to take Zucca and Archer to the beach for first time on the trip.
Letting a baby and dog play in the water and sand made for a pretty good mess in the Westfalia.
Before we left for the trip Archer just started walking at 11 months. His confidence is increasing very quickly and he has already started climbing around the van. Gotta keep a close eye on the baby.
We hoped to stay in Pacific City but the local accommodations didn’t work for us so we headed south. It was getting a little late and Archer was getting a little fussy so we decided to pull into the next place we saw. Well they didn’t allow dogs so we went to the next, next place which turned out to be awesome luck. The Historic Anchor Inn was one of the most unique hotels we’ve ever seen and it’s a must stay if traveling in the area. Check out their gallery to get the vibe. This was a fantastic day, time for rest.
Voodoo Doughnuts!!! Never mind whatever happened in the morning let’s just skip ahead to Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland Oregon. The first I heard about Voodoo was when Rogue brewing released their Voodoo Maple Bacon Ale and it was a must stop on this road trip.
Well, Voodoo lived up to it’s reputation for being busy and at 11am on a weekday was lined up down the street. After waiting 20 minutes we finally got to the counter and it was a seriously tough decision to pick only 6. We sat on the patio and ate 4 of the 6 before checking out the city. Yes they’re Awesome!
In my younger days I spent many hours playing Tony Hawks Pro Skater on Playstation. One of the levels on the game was a place called Burnside which is in Portland Oregon, this was another on my list of places to see. Well the game was pretty generous in it’s portrayal of the size of Burnside, it turns out that it’s pretty small and not a whole lot to see. Oh well, off to the Coast.
We headed out to Cannon Beach Oregon to start our trip down the coast to California in the Westfalia. Cannon Beach is a beautiful little tourist town that turned out to be very busy and had very little accommodations available. We ended up “dry camping” in our VW camper at the Cannon Beach RV Park. Dry camping means a spot with no hook ups for power or water, it also meant we paid $20 to camp in a parking lot. It turned out to be a bit of a blessing since we go free wifi, access to laundry machines and all the other facilities. A well spent $20 considering the other option was a $300 for a dog friendly hotel room.
What a great nights sleep! As mentioned yesterday we stayed at a friends property which had a seemingly endless supply of apples and blackberries. Granola and fresh fruit for breakfast, delicious!
To catch the Ferry to Seattle we headed to Downtown Bainbridge. We had an hour to burn before heading to the Ferry so we stopped at the Blackbird Bakery for a bite and did a little bit of shopping. We really liked this town, it’s on our list of places to return to.
As seems to be par for the coarse we almost missed the Ferry and were the last ones to ssqueeze on. Off to Seattle!
The Ferry docked close to Pike’s Market so we headed straight there to check that off the list. One place that was kind of cool was RGB (Rachel’s Ginger Beer) which had just opened a store in the Market. Since I’m in the craft beer industry it was interesting to check out a craft soda company. Should also note they do serve the sodas with booze in them too.
We decided not to stay the night in Seattle and start heading towards Portland. We put a bunch of miles on using the freeway and it was freeway boring. We ended up camping about an hour from Portland at Millersylvania State Park, really that’s it’s name. The park was nothing special but did have a lake and some hiking trails, it seems like a place used by people not wanting to travel to far to camp.
We went for a walk and then fired up the camp stove for some vegetarian chilli before cleaning up and hitting the hay.
Started the morning with baby Archer in our bed again, cozy. The problem when camping with a baby arises in the middle of the night when your little one wakes up crying. We would usually wait it out a little at home but at a camp site your baby crying can be heard a few sites away, so to quite him down we bring him to us and usually fall asleep before he does. It’s a good little scam he’s got going.
The temperature at night was perfect for a good nights sleep and we arose to a beautiful morning at Goldstream Provincial Park. Breakfast on the Primus camp-stove this morning was Pancakes, mmm pancakes. Connie pre-measured some mix in Ziploc bags and actually wrote the directions on the bags, pretty clever that one is. It’s a great space reducer compared to traveling with a box of mix that you’ll only use a quarter of.
After packing up we headed into Victoria to meet the nice couple that I bought the Vanagon Westfalia from. They had for got their garage door opener on the visor so I figured they would like it back and it would be fun to see their old Westy.
By the time we made it to meet them we only had a few minutes to chat before rushing out to catch the MV Coho ferry to Washington. We got there with no time to spare, we literally held up the boat while they ran us through customs and squeezed us into the last spot. Karma!
Sailing on the MV Coho was great, unlike a lot of the Ferry’s the Coho allows dogs onto the main decks so our Portuguese Water Dog Zucca didn’t have to stay in the car for the ride. We had lunch on the Ferry and took in the beautiful views as we crossed into America. Feels weird to be completing the Canada part of our road trip, time is flying.
We had no problems with clearing customs with a dog and a baby until they found out we had groceries on board. We had to pull over as a guy went through every food item in the van and confiscated various things. Not only did he take fruit and vegetables but packaged products and our dog food. Weird.
From the Coho Ferry terminal in Port Angeles Washington it was a short drive to one of the entrances at Olympic National Park. We headed up the road to Hurricane ridge which was the unfortunately the only thing we had planned for Olympic park. The drive up the mountain is beautiful but some of the corners are downright scary for someone who doesn’t like heights. By the time we got to the top our Westfalia was exhausted so we decided to take in the scenery and gift shop, love those gift shops.
It was beautiful and the wildlife is so tame they walk only feet away from you. It is definitely worth the drive up. Yes the ride down was more nerve racking, remember the comment about Vanagons brakes a couple of days ago.
After leaving the Port Angeles area we set our sites on Bainbridge Island. When I was looking for our VW Westfalia I joined a mailing list for owners of Vanagons to see if anyone could help me find one. A gentleman from Bainbridge Island reached out to me that was originally from Ontario offering to help if he could. We kept in touch and he offered us a place to camp if we happened to travel through his area. Well it turns out our road trip was going right by his place, sometimes things just work out.
Their property turned out to be 2 beautiful acres near the water and only 10 minutes from the Ferry to Seattle. They turned out to be wonderful people and we chatted for a while before we set up the camper and turned in for the night. This is the most peaceful place we have stayed in the Westfalia yet. Zzzzzz