Pacific Northwest Trip

Meowmy and I took a two week trip to the Pacific Northwest back in August and it was one amazing journey!  We traveled north to Oregon and Washington along Highway 101 and then worked our way east to Seattle, then south to Vancouver/Portland area, then into the Oregon wine country, the Columbia River Gorge, and finally home along Interstate 5.  I got to see so many wonderful places, met some amazing people, even “hung out” with two dogs, and watched the sun get eclipsed by the moon!!  I also figured out how to get extremely comfy in Meowmy’s lap while she drove our home on wheels and never needed to grab on with my claws.  As much as the trip was a lot of fun and I got to explore cool places, it’s good to be home and back in my neighborhood.  I hope you enjoy all the beautiful photos of our journey, Meowmy really likes to capture all the wonderful moments and places we saw!

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA:
(There’s not really much glass left, which was disappointing, but I hear you just have to walk further North or South to find some)

Moonstone Beach, Westhaven-Moonstone, CA:

Trinidad Rest Area, CA:
(Secluded forest area, far enough away from 101, which made it a decent overnight spot)

False Klammath, CA:

The Oregon Coast is absolutely incredible with so many places to explore!  Due to our travel schedule, we couldn’t stay too long but saw quite a bit over our two day trek.  First we hit the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, which is just breath-taking, full of great places and vista points to stop at.  Then we worked our way up Highway 101, past many other state parks, quaint beach towns, historic lighthouses, and beautiful recreational sites.  It was just breathtaking and both Meowmy and I fell in love with the state!

Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, OR:

Whaleshead Viewpoint, OR:

Natural Bridges Viewpoint, OR:c

Arch Rock Picnic Area, OR:

Myers Creek Beach, OR:

Sisters Rock State Park, OR:
(I hear you can overnight here without any problems)

Humbug Mountain State Park, Port Orford, OR:

Battle Rock Wayside Park, Port Orford, OR:

Cape Blanco State Park, Port Orford, OR:

Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR:

Thor’s Well & Sprouting Horn, Cook’s Chasm, Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Yachats, OR:

Neptune State Park, Yachats, OR:
(Signs say day use only, but have overnighted here twice now without problems)

Devil’s Churn, Yachats, OR:

Little Creek Cove Scenic Point & Seal Rock,Waldport, OR:

Yaquina Head, Newport, OR:

Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, OR:

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, OR:

Manzanita, OR:
(Meowmy found her dream house in this gorgeous little beach town, and we both wished we could have stayed longer)

Knowing that time was limited and we had to reach our overnight spot south of Forks, WA, we didn’t have a chance to stop at more places in Northern Oregon, including the famous Cannon Beach.  Instead, we drove over the Astoria-Megler Bridge into Washington, stopped real quick at the Dismal Nitch Rest Area, then heading north past the Quinault Reservation.  Along Highway 101, there’s this cool spot Meowmy found last year with a beautiful cliff view of the Pacific Ocean, so we raced against the sun and made it there just before it got dark.  There were two other vehicles in this awesome overnight spot, which led to us making friends with Matt & Pat from Seattle and Lennon & Dillon from Arizona.  Together we enjoyed the most magical views of stars and the Milky Way you can image (no light pollution), and even witnessed the end of the Perseid Meteor Shower!

Kalaloch & Ruby Beach, WA:

Forks, WA:
(Made famous by Twilight movies. Wish we had gone to La Push, but missed out on this trip)

Lake Crescent, Clallam County, WA:
(Highly recommend stopping at La Poel day use area, though no RV’s per sign)

After passing through Port Angeles, we worked my way over to Kitsap County via the Hood Canal Bridge to meet up with a cat owning van dweller named J.P. we met through the United West Coast Vandwellers Facebook Group.  He told us about Kitsap Memorial State Park, which is a beautiful park along the water with nice showers and campsites.

After Meowmy enjoyed a nice early bird dinner at The Point Casino & Hotel, J.P. showed up a fabulous overnight spot with a secluded beach overlooking the Puget Sound between Port Gamble and Hansville.  We watched the most spectacular sunset I’ve ever seen!

The next day, we headed to Point No Point Lighthouse in Hansville, where we met a cool lady named Mimi and her dog.

Then I got to take my first ferry boat ride over the Puget Sound from Southworth to Fauntleroy! We headed to Alki Beach, which is very boondocking friendly, where we enjoyed another beautiful sunset.

From Alki Beach we headed to Seattle, where we met up with Meowmy’s high school friend Lou who lives on Queen Anne Hill.  We parked at Kerry Park, which is known for it’s amazing view of the Seattle skyline.

Saying good-bye to Seattle and the Puget Sound wasn’t easy, but we needed to head South to Vancouver / Portland area, where Meowmy met up with more friends, ate some delicious food at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden, went cider and ginger beer tasting at Portland Cider House and Rachel’s Ginger Beer, and enjoyed a local Vancouver farmer’s market.

From there we headed through Oregon wine country to McMinnville where we watched something called a total eclipse, which was really eerie and amazing at the same time!  The air got cooler, everything went quiet and dark, there were even these things called shadow snakes that happened right before and after the corona.  What a spectacular experience, plus I played with a dog.

Our next stop was the Columbia River Gorge where we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls OverlookWahkeena FallsMultnomah Falls, and Horsetail Falls, then headed into Cascade Locks to an overnight spot we found on Freecampsites.net.

The next morning we dumped our tanks for free at Hood River Waste Water Plant, then headed to Maryhill, WA, where there’s a full-scale replica of Stonehenge built as a WWI Memorial.

We continued down the Lewis and Clark Memorial Highway with great views of the Columbia River and stopped at Horsethief Butte, Coyote Wall, and Beacon Rock.  We passed the famous Bridge of the Gods and Bonneville Dam along the way, as well as the overnight spot Meowmy boondocked at last year near the railroad tracks.

Satisfied with our Columbia River Gorge exploration, we headed South on Interstate 5 through Portland, Salem, Eugene, and Grants Pass, and ended up at Valley of the Rogue State Park outside Medford, which turned out to be a great overnight spot, though it was a bit smoky from the fires burning in the Cascade Mountains.  Meowmy let me roam around a lot of the park before we headed off the sleep on our last night of this incredible PNW journey.

Waking up to even smokier air from the Oregon fires, we headed home over Mount Ashland, through Weed by Mount Shasta, and finally passed Shasta Lake after a quick stop at Castle Crags State Park (which doesn’t allow RV’s to scenic vista point or camping area).  It was a long day of driving, but we finally made it home to the San Francisco Bay Area and I was happy to see all my neighborhood friends.

For a fun end to this long post, I wanted to share all my crazy poses in the RV and Meowmy’s lap.  Thanks for reading and following along on our #rvlife adventures!  MEOW!

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