Day 1: Monday, March 26, 2018
The first day of our trip had arrived – pickup time was at 7:00. I was ready to go with my bag packed, and camping gear in a pile. Tent – check, sleeping bag – check, sleeping pad – check, flashlight – check, hot hands hand warmers – check!!! So many warm clothes are necessary for a trip camping on the coast and San Francisco in March – or so we thought!!!
I got picked up shortly after 7, and a valiant effort was made to Tetris all of our stuff in the car and the rooftop box. Believe you me, EVERY nook and cranny was filled, from the cracks alongside the puppy crate to the footwells of our seats. We were smooshed in…
Laura took the first driving shift and off we went, stopping for coffee to give us a boost, and then gas in Lakewood with a puppy stretch break, and then driving until we finally hit Vancouver. We stopped at the park right near the bridge that takes I-5 into Oregon, and went for a short walk with Shaka to give her a break from the crate.
We settled on the Feral Public House for lunch – because well, seriously, why wouldn’t you!!!? They had a special with a personal pizza and a beer for cheap! So that’s what we all ended up having. We all selected our beers, and they were all different – this was pretty much a theme for the trip – which was cool because then we could all sample what the others got. The beer was so good, and so was the pizza.
After we left as Feral women, we went over to Loowit to sample some more beer. I ended up getting one of their ciders – which was amazing. I really liked that cider! The atmosphere was cool too, and it was pretty quiet for midday on a Monday.
Even though we all could have been happy just drinking beer all afternoon, we did have places to be, and couldn’t spend too many hours hanging out without even getting to Oregon, so we got back on the road and headed out for the next stretch of driving.
It was at this point that the first murder podcast started… My Favorite Murder – two women who research and present fascinating murders from throughout history and around the globe. They even have a feature where listeners can write in with their own murder stories. By “their own,” I mean murders they have heard about – not murders they have committed – I just want to make that crystal clear. I’m not really sure what these ladies would do if someone actually wrote in confessing to a murder!
My Favorite Murder did put everybody except Brenna (who was driving) off into snooze-land – what can I say, those ladies have very melodic voices, but eventually we woke up and all enjoyed the road over to the coast, with its giant, moss-covered conifers. It is so pretty!
We camped that first night at Beachside State Recreation area, about midway down the Oregon Coast. The campground was awesome – flush toilets and showers (even though we didn’t use the showers), and it was only steps away from the beach. We got our tents set up, dug out a bottle of wine and made our way to the beach to roam and watch a gorgeous sunset. We also had to try to keep Shaka from eating some pungent seafood (we kind of failed at that…).
After the sun went down, we had hot dogs roasted over the fire on sticks, and potato chips and chocolate for dinner. Plus more wine and the girls had vodka cocktails. It was a fantastic evening! Once we went to bed, I was cold, but tucking one hand warmer into my glove and the other into my fleece pants heated me right up! I was warm all night! I hope whoever invented those never worked another day in his/her life – those things are genius!
It was a fabulous first day, and I drifted off to the sound of the waves on the beach.