My favourite breakfast.
I love a good roadtrip. You never know what you will see along the way or what may happen. It was a last minute decision to pack up and take a roadtrip to the Oregon coast last weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day (and since my husband had a few days off). It was our first trip with our baby as well (who was a pretty good boy most of the time!). We also brought along some family to hang out with (one of them had some bad news in the last few days and there is nothing like a trip to get your mind off things!).
We started by driving to Eugene where we spent the night. We had a really late start in the day as we made the choice to go on the trip earlier that day so not much else happened that day. We just wanted to get an early start at the coast the next day or we would have skipped Eugene entirely. Our hotel had a cool lobby and their restaurant overlooked the river and had delicious heuvos rancheros which I just devoured. Totally my favourite breakfast.
What an amazing landscape!
We then headed west for an hour or so to get the the Oregon coast. There, we made our way to Dunes City where Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area starts. This is the coolest place and the dunes were better than the ones in Egypt. The sand is really nice here. We rented some ATVs and had a real adventure. I have to admit I was a bit scared at first of a few things: 1). tipping over 2). falling over a dune cliff which is very hard to detect 3). not being able to control the ATV or get up hills BUT as I got more comfortable I was able to relax, speed up hills, go near the edge of dune cliffs and not damage the ATV or myself. I loved the adventure/adrenaline but also the scenery. It is a neat landscape. If you want, you can drive all the way to the beach but it was too far to do within the time we rented for.
The iconic doughnut shop!
Once we finished up we planned to have local wine and a picnic lunch on the beach. However, it suddenly grew colder, windier, and cloudy. I was a bit annoyed as the forecast indicated it would be a hot weekend. So, we had lunch in town instead and then drove north up the coast. We drove through cute beach towns, stopped to see scenic views, saw some lighthouses, and the Devil’s Churn etc. It was very beautiful. We wanted to go to Cannon Beach since one of our family members had never been but it started to rain so we figured there would be no point. However, if you have never been there, it is worth a visit! Anyway, we also wanted to tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory but it was closed so we decided to head over to Portland for the night. We got there pretty late and despite plans to eat somewhere cool, we ended up being tired and ordered pizza and went to bed.
The next day we hung out in Portland before heading home. I decided I wanted to splurge as a new mother and have something yummy. Having never been to the famous Voodoo doughnuts, I decided it was time for a visit. The day was beautiful (of course we needed the day before to be nice but it wasn’t!). Luckily there was only a small line but by the time we got to the front I knew what I wanted. I chose TWO doughnuts. The first was chocolate peanut. This was the cheaper one and only okay. Any place could have made this one. The second was the next level in price and was awesome. It was a vanilla base and was drizzled with chocolate and caramel and had a lot of peanut butter on it or in it (yes, I have been loving peanut butter lately!). That doughnut was totally worth it!
You can fill this up for over $100 for your next party.
After that we wandered over to an outdoor market that was taking place. All this was going on while dealing with many panhandlers. Portland has A LOT of them. The streets are also filthy compared to many cities around where I live. Anyway, there was a lot of nonsense for sale at the market. Things I think only tourists would buy so not sure how they stay open all year. We did come upon a caricature artist and my husband had his drawing done. The woman was from Korea and had been trained there. She did an amazing job. Yesterday I just picked up a cool frame from a second hand shop for it.
After the market we were ready for a late lunch. We headed over to Burnside Brewery on the recommendation of someone at the market. They were only serving brunch-but had burgers too so that worked for us. We chilled at the restaurant and then made our way back home with a few other shopping stops along the way for family members who needed this or that.
It was a nice weekend and so great to get away even for just a bit. Afterwards my husband said he felt refreshed and ready to go back to work. He said a short break makes him appreciate and enjoy his job more.
I also learned a few things about traveling with a baby. 1). I totally overpacked. 2). Long hours in the carseat can be hell-bring more toys and learn more songs! 3). Need to get that fold-able portable highchair so it is easier to feed our little guy.