We have always liked Seaside. When we used to live in Vancouver, WA, we would visit my Mom or Sarah's Mom and take a day trip to Seaside. It is a very small city, right where the freeway from Portland comes to the ocean and reaches the coast. It has a cool downtown street called Broadway. It has lots of shops, restaurants, and carnival types of games and rides. The kids rode the bumper cars and we all rode a tilt-a-whirl type of ride. My mother treated us to the rides, and everyone had a great time. We walked along the beach at Seaside, and had lunch at Doogers. We love their clam chowder, and I believe it is better there, than anywhere else I have ever had it.
Since we were going to be at our RV camp in Seaside for a full week, it would be the longest we have been anywhere, so far. We took a day to do laundry, and went to Cannon beach our first time this visit. We love Cannon Beach. Sarah is a Goonie. Not literally of course, but she has held onto that childhood movie, ever since we were married. We probably watch it monthly in our house, and the kids can all quote it as needed. We couldn't go near the area, without a requisite visit to the Haystack at Cannon beach, and our drive through Astoria.
It was high tide the first trip to Cannon Beach, so we just hung out and watched the sunset. We drove to Astoria the next day, and took Hayden to the Astoria Column. It's a couple hundred feet up, on the top of a hill. The view is amazing, the climb is all up a winding staircase, and the platform on the top can probably hold 15 people. If someone is afraid of heights, it is scary as heck. Sarah is afraid of heights. We all managed to get to the top, take a couple quick photos, and Sarah and Drew were on there way back down. The rest of us chilled for a few minutes to take in the sight, and we all had lunch at the picnic table there. We drove to one of the Astoria piers and saw sea lions. Then drove back to the trailer.
One day, we drove into Portland. We were going to go in to Voodoo Doughnuts, but got an inside scoop from a vendor on how dirty the place was inside, and that they would never eat there. It was a reputable source, so we decided to shift our plans and went to the recommended Blue Sky Doughnuts instead. They were delicious, and I don't regret the decision. We drove a bit past Portland, and over the Columbia to show the kids their old elementary school and visit with Sarah's cousin. We met his new baby, a toddler now, and visited for a while. Drew didn't believe the park we drove past was the right one, as there had been some major changes to it, so we parked and walked into the adjacent forest like we used to. It was the same. It brought back some happy memories, and we reminisced as we drove back to the coast.
We went to the Haystack one morning during low tide, but we had missed the peak low by like an hour. We saw the small crabs and sea anemone, but couldn't find any starfish. The ranger there said 85-90 of all starfish between California and Alaska got a virus and died about four years ago, so they aren't there in the numbers we remember. He said we could come back and see a few on the farthest rocks during the lowest tide, but we all remember the starfish, and wouldn't be coming back this time. It was kind of a bummer to learned so many had died, I really like starfish.
Destiny, Drew, and myself were all having pretty bad allergies at the campsite. It was surrounded by thick grass, that they kept mowing. We did better when all the windows were closed, or on the ocean beaches. So, the campsite itself was a bit of a bummer. It was beautiful, but we couldn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.
On our last day in Seaside, my Mom and Norm had invited us to go crabbing in the boat. It was awesome as usual. The Columbia River where it enters the ocean is just beautiful. The boat is docked at Hammond, and we loaded up, dropped the crab pods, and traveled all the way to the mouth of the river. Norm tied up at Ilwaco, WA. We could see Cape Disappointment State Park, and the lighthouse on the hill. It was a really beautiful boat ride. As we were tied up, Sarah and my Mom made lunch and we ate.
We set back out to pull the crab pods. We saw seals on the way and a glimpse of a dolphin.
The crab pods had a bunch of crabs in them, but none were big enough to keep. There was only a single crab, barely big enough, so I decided to set him free too. Norm knew we were a bit early in the season for good crabbing. Maybe we will be able to get back in late August or September, and catch our limit! We all had a great time on the boat.
This was the last stop on this leg of our journey. From here we head straight back to Middleton, to drop off Hayden, then go through to Twin Falls and attend Destiny's college orientation class, and I will begin to start looking for work.