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Westfalia Road Trip Day 13 – Millersylvania to Cannon Beach OR

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.

Voodoo donuts with baby
Voodoo Doughnuts Sign

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!

Voodoo Doughnuts Portland Bacon
They’re as good as they look

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.

Burnside Skate park Portland under bridge
Burnside Skate Park

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.

Road trip cannon beach with kids and dog
The view from of Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park

Volkswagen Camper Sightings:

Accommodation Cost: $20

Westfalia Road Trip Day 12 – Bainbridge Island to Millersylvania

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!

Blackberry for breakfast on road trip
Mmmmm fresh blackberries

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.

Road trip to Bainbridge Island WA
Great slogan for Bainbridge

As seems to be par for the coarse we almost missed the Ferry and were the last ones to ssqueeze on.  Off to Seattle!

Does the Westfalia Float?
Does the Westfalia Float?

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.

Pikes Market Soda
RGB Growler Display

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.

Millersylvania State Park
Millersylvania State Park

We went for a walk and then fired up the camp stove for some vegetarian chilli before cleaning up and hitting the hay.

Simple dinner
Simple dinner

Volkswagen Camper Sightings: 1 Vanagon

Accommodation Cost: $23