Archives for category: Road Trip

Local history:

Cape Meares Lighthouse

 

Indian Beach, OR

 

Ruby Beach

 

Indian Beach, OR

 

Indian Beach, OR

 

A morning drive towards Astoria and the Oregon coast.

Stopped to spend a moment on Hood Canal.

 

The Pacific Coast at Ruby Beach

 

Somewhere in AZ

 

Indian Beach, OR

 

Oregon Road Trip

Created a new category to make a transition away from 2020. This category is meant to look at positive images and memories that have nothing to do with news, politics, TV, public policy, political parties, etc.

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Fidalgo Island road trip.

 

Nice for a romantic getaway.

South of Forks, Washington, U.S. Route 101 brings you to the Pacific Ocean at Ruby Beach.

Local info here.

Take some time.

Lots of beach to see south of here in the Olympic National Park/Kalaloch area.

Seven trails lead to the ocean from Highway 101.”

Find a place to stay locally for the night, or continue to Ocean Shores or even Seaside, OR.

 

Party of Two

There is a nice spot in Leavenworth to stop in for a beer and something to eat. I went to visit this location last week. It was the first time during COVID that I entered and sat down in an eating/drinking establishment.

 

Old Way

Walk in and select a seat from the large outdoor seating area. Server takes your beer order on a mobile device. Before server has a chance to leave the table, electronic order is received by bar staff. Your beer is tapped and out to your table like magic. We sit and eat and drink for an hour. During this happy hour, we never get up to leave the table. When it’s time to go, we pay and leave.

Would not change a thing. Really enjoy this place.

 

COVID Way

Everyone wears a mask.

You enter and are offered a table outside or inside. We selected an outside table. We are told that our order for beers and food must be placed with the cashier inside the restaurant by the bar.

Partner goes in to place order while I wait. Establishment now requires a credit card to start order. My turn to pay, so I say I’ll get it all on my card when I go in to order a second round.

Beer and food is still delivered to table, same as old way.

I go in to order a second round. I am unfamiliar with this part of the restaurant. Staff prompts me toward waiting to order/pay holding/staging area. Ordered another round and requested entire tab to be placed on my card. This is an extra step that would not be at all necessary pre-COVID.

If we wanted still another round, one of us would have to get up and return to waiting line to order/pay holding/staging area. We did not want another round after we had two beers and some food. Went back in to waiting to order/pay holding/staging area and used card to pay.

 

Any Medical Advantage?

How does requiring customers to migrate back and forth into a possibly unfamiliar part of the restaurant each time they want to order a beer or cash out serve any medical purpose Re: COVID?

It seems like the plan is to cause meaningless inconvenience.

If you notice the inconvenience, maybe you will think that the establishment is somehow going out of their way because they care about protecting you.

Still will plan to return to this location in the future.

 

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Photo-

Completely unrelated to location described above.

 

Port Townsend

 

We’re having a snow day. That’s always a good time to reflect on the good times out & about.

 

 

 

 

Indian Beach, OR

Ready for business.

A few towns obviously have people who work together to set priorities and make a positive impression for visitors.

Winthrop, WA

Photo above: Out for an early weekday coffee in Winthrop. We walked from our room and watched the town wake up.

Lynden, WA

Seaside, OR

Family friendly. Pedestrian friendly.

We used to visit Ocean Shores, WA. Ocean Shores is a much less pedestrian friendly town. This works against seeing the sights on foot, walking to dining, shopping, drinking, etc.

Leavenworth, WA

La Conner, WA

 

 

 

Local info here.

Wenatchee River near Leavenworth

Wenatchee River near Leavenworth

Astoria