It didn’t take long to get over the disappointment of losing Hailey’s catnip plant at the border, and we were soon on our way south. We picked up I-5 near Bellingham and stopped for the night at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville, Wa for the night. Since it was Sunday, the next day was an easy cruise through both Seattle and Portland, with a quick stop at the Fry’s electronics to pick up some new memory cards for the cameras.
Most diesel fuel was priced around $4/gal in the area, but we lucked out with some for $3.76 just out of Portland. Of course Oregon, with it’s full serve stations is not a problem for Canadian credit cards, but I also lucked out when we filled up north of Seattle, and didn’t have to dance the zip code dance there either.
The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Or has a nice big parking lot, so we took advantage of their hospitality again. I have toured both of their exhibits in the past and they are both well worth the visit. When I was there a couple of years ago, they had a 747 just sitting out in a field, and I was able to walk all around it and take photos of it.
From there it is just a short drive to the coast, and we have been moving slowly southward, revisiting familiar areas and checking out new spots. Not far from the museum, I contemplated dumping Hailey, but there were complications!
So, I decided to just buy more cat food and keep her!
I watched the golden sunset, and was pleased to also watch a pod of whales spouting regularly as they moved along the coast. I also counted 19 fishing boats within sight, as I think the crab season had just opened. Quite a difference compared to when I spent two weeks on the gulf of Mexico coast last January and only saw one boat the whole time, and that was an oil rig service vessel.
At Newport, fishing vessels were busy passing in and out of the harbour with their catches, and the Coast guard was conducting some training on towing vessels – as they were towing one of their own into the harbour.
Hailey kept a sharp eye out for gulls while we were stopped.
Further down the coast, near the Sea Lion Caves
there were groups of them out in the water swimming and cavorting in groups. Hailey wanted to check them out further, but was prevented by the big cliff and the darn leash!
I must say, I sure miss all the snow and cold, and the box of my truck so full of snow, I couldn’t tell what was in there! I guess I am safe now to dump out my pail of ‘insurance’ gravel that I brought from home?
That’s it for now. Check back later to see where we are!