Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Wishing I Were Still On Vacation
J signed us in to the US Coast Guard station and asked if we could go up to the lighthouse and take pictures. Because I'm handicapped and J is military a very nice Coast Guard guy decided to give us a tour. The E-3 punched in his codes and opened up the gate to let us drive through escorted. I think I would have better appreciated the view had there been more than fog.
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, built in 1856, is one of the oldest structures in the Northwest and is located 4 miles southwest of Ilwaco, WA.
Fort Clatsop, located closer to Warrenton than Astoria, was the winter camp for the Corps of Discovery from December 1805 to March 1806. Think Lewis and Clark.
By noon most of the fog had cleared and the day finally warmed up. Yay!
We used our military identification cards to gain access to Camp Rilea. They were doing live fire exercises so I felt right at home with all the gun noise. J has actually been wanting to check this place out for a while ever since a job directive had him looking at the post data.
Nothing to see or much to do here except watch out for duck and deer feces. No that isn't green bean baby food on the ground dear.
Before J deploys I picked out a little vacation surprise for him. I told him I'd take him on a trail. Then when we got into Oregon I explained its the craft beer trail and that made him happy. We started at the Wet Dog and ended up at the Lumberyard. Inbetween was the purchase of salt water taffy, more beer and fudge. Oh and a few postcards too.
J decided that of all the places and brews he tried, I didn't drink anything stronger than water, he preferred the strawberry blonde beer at the Wet Dog. It actually has strawberries, quite a few pints of strawberries, brewed into the mixed. No seed, no mess just good taste.
Oh if I sound a bit cranky I am. One of the places we ate lunch at decided to take out not only what we signed for but I'm guessing someone else's bill for food too. I caught the error on line at my bank and called them today. I'm not happy about that. Avoid Dundee's Pub and Grill in Seaside, OR since they made the mistake and if they don't correct it I'm going to write them one heck of a nasty letter since the extra I was charged was more than double my own bill. The food wasn't all that good either. So far I have to say that the best tasting clam chowder I've ever had was at the Timberhouse on the Olympic Loop in Northern Washington.