Possibly on an Orca by now somewhere between Vancouver Island & British Columbia
If found just take a picture and let the whale have it. Whales are warriors fans too after all
Early Thursday morning we waited in a long line at the Port Angeles ferry dock. We got there early because we had to drive our truck onto the boat that would take us on my biggest adventure yet.
Let me back track a little. I just got my passport specifically for this trip. I’ve never been outside of the US before. I hate to fly. I have flown out of necessity and when I was much younger. Admittedly 9/11 scared the crap out of me therefore adding to my already unreasonable fears. It’s that bad that I even think is over the top. Now y’all know why this blog is called “road trips” not my worldwide adventures. Maybe hubby will convince me to travel abroad someday.
Ok back to my current adventure to Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada. The ferry ride was a blast. I rode the whole way on the bow. I stood tall loving how the breeze felt and the ocean looked. I’m sure I looked like a little kid standing on the large pipes so I was tall enough to see over the rails. Yep, I’m short. Only 5ft. God stopped when he found perfection, or so I tell myself.
When we entered the docks, all vehicle passengers were hearded downstairs. The process of loading and unloading the vehicles was quick and efficient. Since we had reservations we were in the front which really paid off for the customs line. It only took us about 5 minutes. I admit to having some nerves about this part. We have all of our camping gear which includes some knives and an axe for firewood. Was this allowed? Thankfully we didn’t have any problems,
We had lots of time to drive aimlessly and site see before checking into our sleeping quarters for the next 2 nights. The city is breathtaking. The homes are beautiful. The people are polite and kind. I discovered all of this within the first hour on the island.
Our reservations were for an “Otentik” Read more. Basically it’s a tent/cabin.
That was cool by its self. Now add in the fact it’s in Fort Rodd Hill Natiobal Historic site.
But wait, there’s more. The park closed at 5:00 and there are only 5 Otentiks, our first night we had to share the park with only 4 other people. Imagine getting to explore this historical location without anyone bothering you. Stepping in front of you while you read signs, take pictures etc. it was so quiet and peaceful. The family of 4 was exhausted and went to bed early so the park really was all mine!
Oh! but hold on, there’s still more. Picture the sun going down. The air turning a little cooler, the only noise is the water lapping at the shores and the geese flying around making the occasional honk. Then you look up to the lighthouse again. OMG! I was stunned by the beauty. Thank god I had a camera. You judge for yourself.
I’m not sure this trip has anything to beat that vision. Challenge excepted
When in Seattle Washington we decided to be like most tourists and check out Pike Place Market. I know I went when I was a little girl but I don’t remember anything about it. Living close to San Francisco and Pier 39, I saw a lot of similarities. The market is huge. Everything you can imaging is for sale. Handmade art, jewelry, soap, fresh flower and especially food.
Seafood is the theme of most locations but there were some others. A bakery with donuts the size of dinner plates, Chinese food with dumplings and typical items. Of course the crowd surrounded the famous meat counter with throwing and catching a large fish back and forth. Through my investigating, I discovered they use the same fish to toss around until the fish just isn’t useable any longer. They don’t sell that fish to customers.
We walked down to the wharf where things we less chaotic. The crowds were much smaller and spread out. I bought some hot little donuts while hubby searched for something to catch his eye.
Being from the Bay Area where we get fresh seafood all the time, the prices seemed outrageous. A crab Louie salad for $18.00. It had very little crab on it for that price. A crab and shrimp cocktail in a small cup was $19.00 and the bottom was as full of sauce as the top was with seafood. I guess since we buy live crab at home for $7.00/lbs. these seemed very high. If you don’t have the same luxury as us Bay Area coastal folks, perhaps it’s not a shock.
We ran across a carousel and little vintage shooting gallery. I was tempted to issue a challenge to hubby but again the price to play made my eyes bug out. $5.00 a per game!?!? Per person! Didn’t look like that much fun to me. I didn’t ask how much to ride the horses.
We ended by going to a dress shop called Diva Dollz in Pioneer Square.
Check out their Facebook page. I tried on about 8 pinup girl dresses and loved most of them. I absolutely fell in love with one and hubby couldn’t resist buying it for me. Really, I said it was too expensive and he insisted.ill show you the one I hit later on in this trip. Hubby also insisted on buying the fabulous T-strap heels and a belt to complete the look. I can’t wait to wear it.
We end the night early at another cabin, we had to arrive very early for our ferry reservations. We are headed to Vancouver Island. I’ve never been outside of the US before so this adventure is the biggest yet.
Day 3 was spent doing a lot of driving on Highesy 101. We were headed to Cape Outlook State Beach for the evening.
It was lunch time so hubby and I were debating, not arguing yet, about where to eat. We passed several diners & small cafes before making a u turn at the BBQ sign. We love BBQ on road trips..
Wild Oakes Grill. Port Orford, Oregon
They are On Facebook. Check it out.
On the window I read “veteran owned and operated” (US Navy) and I smiled. What a great find. Just another reason I want to eat here.
Upon walking in I noticed an empty table fully set up with complete place settings and American flags. On the chair is a POW drape. It is set in remembrance of our missing and fallen military men and women. This memorial originally started during the Vietnam war. It is a very powerful sight. Make this now a 3rd reason finding this place made my day. Learn more about the missing man table here.
Our waitress, Amanda, told us about our choices and specials of the day. A sandwich called 3 pigs and a cow was a tempting option but we decided on the 5 meat plate. Of course I want to taste it all. The smoked meat consisted of: brisket (my favorite), park ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and tri-tip. We added smoked mac & cheese and smoked chili. For dessert we had a fresh warn brownie topped with cherry pie filling.
I asked for some BBQ sauce but soon realized I did not need it. The meat was moist and delicious without any sauce. I always put sauce on my BBQ. Not this time. The flavor in each of these meats was amazing. I don’t like fake, overly smoke flavored meat. This was cooked to perfection. I still added a little bit of sauce to change it up but trust me no sauce was best.
The mac & cheese had bits of smoked meat folded in. The chili was spicy with shredded meat, topped with crispy fried jalapeños. Everything exceeded my expectations.
A perk of eating at small places is getting to meet owners, cooks, other diners etc. part way through our meal the owner and BBQ Pit Master Rob came out for I’m the kitchen to ask how we liked our meal, and sat down at a table nearby to chat. After I gushed over how much I lived the food, Rob told us some stories of his travels. He even gave me some ideas for future road trips.
Our waitress Amanda came out with the simple chocolate brownie with the cherries. Hubby and I fought with our spoons to be first to taste. In case you were wondering, I won. I agree with Rob, it’s such a simple dessert but tastes like chocolate bliss. The cherries add a tart note which cuts the sweetness perfectly.
Amanda helped us pack up our leftovers for tonight dinner.
If your ever passing through Port Orford, Oregon, be sure to stop in, say Hi to Rob and Amanda. Tell them Shotgun Rider sent you. You won’t regret stopping for a bite.
Great people, even better food!
Yes, it costs a little bit more than tent camping but it’s still cheaper than a hotel.
This KOA campsite in Crescent City is surrounded by ancient redwood trees. A beautiful place to stay. We didn’t have time but the offices had directions to multiple self guided walking tours in the redwood forests.
We took a late stroll to look at the stars. Without all of the light pollution the stars seemed much closer here.
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A look into the small city of Pacifica, California. A coastal road trip.