Although we didn’t have the alarm set we woke up early. We enjoyed a free but cold shower and a short dog walk before packing up camp. We headed for downtown Ocean City, which is definitely not a city, and checked out some chain saw carvings before cutting back to the 101. We pulled in to Aberdeen around 10:30 it’s bigger than I like with the trailer attached and all the one way streets are confusing. Ther was a 1.4 mile looping trail that I wanted to find it had a nice write up in our ‘Dog lovers Companion to the Pacific Northwest’. The fact that many streets ar not labeled with signs makes Aberdeen even more frustrating. We found the park and enjoyed the walk that reminded us of home. It was hot and grey in Aberdeen not much else caught our eye so we hit the road for Raymond.
Raymond is more my cup of tea. It’s smaller with metal art sculptures all over. The animal ones confused Rosie but I enjoyed driving around looking at some and walking around to look at others. It was lunch time and I usually eat lunch out when I’m on the road. There was a roadside diner that caught my eye but it was jam packed, usually a great sign but tricky when towing a trailer and having to leave the dog in the car. I kept heading south. I was looking for a place to pullover and make my own lunch when I stumbled across a great fish and chips food cart in South Bend a biker named Richard asked to join my table and talked about the scamp he use to own, but now he lives in a 40 foot toy hauler. We traded travel stories and he gave me recommendations if I ever decide to take a road trip down the Baja coast of Mexico.
We were on the road again enjoying the scenery watching out for the Cranberry bogs of the area. The ones we saw were pretty but no where to pullover for a photo. We cruised in to Long Beach to get the lay of the land and snap some photos before backtracking and heading over to Cape Dissapointment. We checked in to our expensive but nice site. It was $40 plus$8 reservation feels about $70 Canadian for the night with no hook ups. We walked the beach for a bit before I left Rosie in the cool shaded trailer and went back to Longbeach to explore. I was in awe of the tourist emporium that is Marsh’s Free Museum. There was just way too much to take in. I found the worlds largest frying pan. I checked out some of the tourist shops all offering the same thing t-shirts, key chains, shells and salt water taffy…. so much taffy and candy in general…. I ended up getting my treat at Scoops as the waffle cone smell wafted down the street and smelled amazing. I enjoyed salted Carmel pretzel it was delishes. I went out to the beach to watch the cars driving on it but I didn’t take the Subaru out.
Then it was back to the trailer. I picked up Rosie and we went out to see the North Head Lighthouse which is the oldest on the West Coast unfortunately it’s under construction and fog had rolled in so it wasn’t as photogenic. There was a nice view back towards the beach and I was surprised you couldn’t pick out the campground as the tree coverage isn’t that dense. We headed back for some dinner and reading before bed.
Odometer start of day 540.2
Odometer end of day 760.4
Wildlife sightings: 3 deer in cape disappointment State Park
Fibreglass Egg sightings: a 13 ft scamp in south bend and a 17 ish foot Burro in line to check in to Cape disappointment.