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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Road Trip, Part 1

You know what they say, the best laid plans....actually, I don't know the rest of the quote.

It was my intention to post the blog daily. Alas, the Internet wasn't readily available until we got to San Francisco, so I'll have to recap you on everything since Sunday.

Sunday, April 22nd
The Drive to Seaside

We did our best to leave by 11:00 but a combination of factors prevented us from leaving until 1:00pm. Most of those factors had something to do with procrastination. It's tough to leave for vacation when you're washing clothes that you need to pack.

Once on the road, it was basically smooth sailing. We stopped for food in Centralia, at a place called Burgerville. According to Wac's friend Victor, who grew up in Vancouver, WA (aka "The Couv"), it's the best burger he's ever had. Apparently, he hasn't had that many burgers in his life. I'd consider myself to be somewhat of a burger connoisseur (and I have the waist-line to prove it), and I wouldn't even put it in my top 5.

It was a pretty uneventful drive, a typical Pacific Northwest scenic drive, until we got to Astoria. As you should know, this is Goonies land! However, we weren't able to find anything Goonies related. Instead, we found this wonderful sign:

We arrived at the resort in Seaside around 6pm, only to find a line of 20+ people waiting to check in. We waited behind an old woman who didn't have anything positive to say; the wait was too long, the prices at the outlet mall were a ripoff, etc. One exception; she did recommend the cheese curds at the Tillamook Factory.

We finally got into our room, only to discover that it was probably bigger than our apartment. I don't think i've ever been in an apartment that has an actual hallway, a washer\dryer, and a barbecue grill on the balcony. Our first night on vacation, and we're living like royalty!

Here's some pictures from the balcony:

Monday, April 23rd
A Day At The Beach

Seaside looks like what I imagine a small town on the coast of New Jersey to look like - a couple tall resorts\hotels, a dilapidated "boardwalk" area with closed or closed down restaurants, a loud arcade\pizza joint, and a frigid, blustery beach. With that in mind, we chose to spend our afternoon in the pool\jacuzzi area of the resort. It's been a while since I've let my hairy ass body out in public, but with few in sight and not much else to do, I jumped in. Here's a picture of me heading to the pool:

We also braved the cold beach for a while to get some pictures of some interesting kites:

That evening, we went to a wine tasting, and then threw some bratwursts on the grill, because we could. While the grill was heating up, I took the time to get a couple more shots of the Seaside coast:

After that, we had to turn in early, since we were leaving at 5:30 in the morning for a long ass drive down the coast of Oregon

Coming up next: 15 hours on the road, just me and Wac. Will we both survive the drive, or will we kill each other first? Stay tuned.


  • Bwwwwhaaaat? Didn't see any Goonies scenes?
    The house the kids lived at is in the northern part of the town. It's up a private drive and it's white with purple trim. Really ugly.

    I'm pretty sure Cannon Beach is where they shot the opening with the truck's racing.

    A few blocks south of the house is the school where they filmed Kindergarten Cop.

    It's late and I can't remember anything else.

    By Blogger Cramen, At April 27, 2007 at 11:49 PM  

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