June 2nd, 2015

Kevin and Lisa

Portland Breakfast: Bob's Red Mill

This morning, we were up early, skipping the included breakfast at the hotel and driving over to collect Lisa's friend Scott from his overnight-shift job to go have breakfast at Bob's Red Mill Factory Store & Restaurant. Many people know of Bob's Red Mill brand foods, but not everyone knows that they have a factory store with a restaurant that serves things made with Bob's grains. We regretted not realizing that there was such a good place for breakfast in Portland until just before Lisa left Oregon, but now we take every opportunity we can to get breakfast here.

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After a pleasant but all-too-short visit, we took Scott home (with luck he'll be able to come to Spokane and help Lisa with the production work on Match Game SF later this year), and headed for Seaside via Kelso/Longview, Washington.

PNW Trip Stage 5A: Portland to Cathlamet, aka Missing the Boat

Because we were up so early to match Scott's work schedule for breakfast, we left Portland over an hour ahead of our originally projected schedule. It turns out that we needed that head start.

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It's a good thing we left Portland early, because otherwise that delay at the ferry could have caused us a lot of trouble getting to our vacation condo in Seaside.

PNW Trip Stage 5B: Cathlamet to Seaside

As we passed through Astoria around 3:30 PM, the vacation-rental place in Seaside called to make sure we'd make it by 5 PM. I explained the missed ferry crossing, but since we were already in Astoria, it wouldn't be a problem for us to make to the agency before they closed. We arrived in good time, paid the balance on the condo, collected our keys, and drove to the Promenade Condominiums. As it happens, we arrived within ten minutes of the time the trip-planning software originally projected, so all of the issues canceled each other out.

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It took a bit of work to get moved in, and the place was so stuffy from being closed up since its last occupant that we had to open all of the windows and allow the sea breeze to flush out the place, but eventually we got it comfortable. After settling down for a while, we drove back up to the Fred Meyer in Warrington and bought a lot (possibly too much) groceries. Some of the overstock included some things we've been having trouble getting in Nevada; conversely, some things we take for granted in Fernley seem uncommon out here on the Oregon coast.

I'm really looking forward to being here for the next week. I hope to get some actual relaxation done during a vacation, that being something I often neglect as we rush from one thing to another.

More photos of the condo, ferry crossings, etc. are available by clicking through the photos in this and the past two entries.