Date: July 10, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Astoria, Oregon
Mileage: End - 111347
Start - 111209
Total Miles for the day: 138
Weather: brilliant sunshine
Temperature: start 58º
High 69º Whoo Hoo – our warmest day ‘on the coast’ (It quickly dropped to 61°
Wildlife count: Black-tail Deer, Roosevelt Elk, Steller Sea Lion, Harbor Seal
Birds: Common Murre, Song Sparrow, Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Crow, Robin, California, Western and Heerman’s Gull, Caspian Terns, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Great Egrets, Turkey Vulture, Swainson’s Thrush, Peregrine Falcon, Pigeon Guillemot, Pelagic, Brandt’s, and Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Harrier, House Sparrow, Rock Pigeon,
We were up and moving early this morning, had the continental breakfast and left the hotel by 8am. Our route took us north through small coastal towns and over towering bluff headlands and down by beautiful snow-white sandy beaches. We arrived at Earl and Sandy’s around 9:45 and spent the day with them. They took us to the Cape Meares overlook, where they work, pointing out Peregrine Falcons, Common Murres and lots of Cormorants. By the time we walked back up the hill, we were all hungry – it was around1pm, so they took us to Kendra’s Kitchen in Tillamook, where we had terrific hamburgers and fries with a ‘fry sauce.’ We think it was mayo, ketchup and a little taco seasoning – it sure was good! By the time we got back to their camper, it was 3:30 and time for us to leave.
We wound our way up to Astoria and checked into our hotel, the Astoria Dunes. We had booked with Hotel.com, and it turns out that the rate from hotel.com was LOTS higher than the rate we could have gotten from the hotel itself, but we had already booked and the card charged. However we will NOT work with the online service again – live and learn!
After securing the room, we walked down to the Riverwalk, right below our hotel, and enjoyed a great stroll. On the way back, we decided that we needed a little food, so we stopped at the Wet Dog Café, where we split a delicious chicken salad. We were good and passed on dessert. We missed the last trolley and walked the rest of the way back home, logging almost 5 miles for the day.