Oh hello again! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about days 1-3 of my US cross-country road trip: Gualala Point, Gold Bluffs Beach, and Sunset Bay! Today’s blog post is day 4 of my journal entries and some photos, and this was the day I got to look forward to sleeping in a hotel! You'd be surprised how much the little things really make a difference!
June 16th, 2018
Sunset Bay to Portland
Archy and I just woke up, and it’s just about 7:30 AM. Man, we were pooped! Did the morning routine, packed the tent, and are about to hit the road! It was amazing last night, though. I woke up at some point during the night and someone was playing windpipes! They sounded like Native American Peace Pipe flutes. It was so beautiful and calming that I had to write it down so I wouldn’t forget! It was a really nice way to be woken up in the middle of the night (if you have to be woken up for any reason)! Ok, we’re off and staying in a hotel tonight!
We made it to our hotel in Portland! The drive was pretty easy - just about 4 hours! I’m watching “Friends,” and Rachel just told Ross she’s still in love with him. It’s INTENSE. It is always nice when someone tells you they love you, though! Ross is right. Good on ya, writers of 'Friends.' Also, will Friends ever not be on the air? Sheesh.
Anyway! The drive was nice - I got to drive past the University of Oregon through Eugene, which was cool to see. I really love their basketball court. When I made it to the hotel and got Archy settled, I took a shower, hit the fitness center, and then took a nice long bath! I was considering going out for dinner in Portland tonight, but I am instead ordering Mexican food in and enjoying hotel comforts before more camping. Archy went NUTS when she jumped up on the bed. She zoomied everywhere, messing up all the blankets and pillows. It was pretty dang adorable.
I am hoping, however, to hit Voodoo Doughnuts and Powell’s Bookstore in the morning. The people at the front desk offered a few awesome suggestions I want to check out before I head to Washington, and tonight I will pig out on Mexican food and watch TV with my little snuggle pup.
I just pigged out on two small tacos and half a veggie burrito from Muchas Gracias in Portland. Holy moly was it good. Now I’m going to try and watch the most recent Hunger Games without falling asleep. I’ve failed multiple times in this task. Maybe this time will be different!
See what I mean about the little things making a difference? We really do take a lot of things for granted, huh? I cannot describe how good a quick shower, workout, and long bath feel after so much camping and driving and traveling and sleeping on the ground. Even Archy went zoomie nuts! Plus delicious Mexican food on top of that? Ooh, baby, no peanut butter sandwiches tonight! Now we're talking! Can't wait to share more with you about day 5 onward!
Also, if you're looking for suggestions of things to do in Portland, here was what was recommended to me by the locals who worked at the front desk (I stayed at the La Quinta Inn & Suites by the airport because they're dog-friendly, and it was a pretty great experience)!--
- Voodoo Doughnuts (more on these later)
- Powell Books (the world's largest independent book store for other bookworm nerds like me)
- Rocky Butte (for other hikers like me)
- Mt. Taber Dog Park (for those with fur babies)
- Elmer's (local diner-style food)
- Muchas Gracias (yummy Mexican food)
Click here to read on for day 5: portland to kalaloch