Local Love – Stafford Farms & Vintage, and The Little Door

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*** Update: Exciting news from The Little Door ***

GREAT BIG HUGE AWESOME News Alert! This year I'm getting the biggest and best Christmas present EVER! Imagine this farm field will be turning into our cedar tree lined driveway that will lead you back to our new reclaimed wood whitewashed barn store that will be the new and permanent home of The Little Door! And what is super exciting for us…is that the new location will be on our family farm off of 65th (just down the street from our current location on Stafford but before Lee's Farm…literally 1–2 minutes from where we are right now). So not only will you get to come out and shop for all of the goodies you are used to…but you can also say hi to our cows, visit our gardens and enjoy the rolling hills and views of our farm land💚. So here is the plan…The Little Door will be closing at the current location on January 10th in order to start turning our focus to the constructing of our new and wonderful location and barn…for a proposed Grand Re-Opening date of March 1 at our new location! We have a lot of work to do in a short time…but we can't wait and are soooo excited!!! Our current and wonderful business partner, Jeanie Braun ❤️ of Stafford Farms & Vintage) will be taking this opportunity to switch focus to her family and their construction company. So she will be closing her store on January 10th as well, but on a permanent level. A decision I know that was extremely difficult for her to make and I know we will all miss her and Stafford Farms & Vintage. We have benefited immensely from her business partnership and I have gained a wonderful friend in the process!!! Now…with all of that said…please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We want to hear from you about any cool ideas you may have, fun comments or your shared excitement for the new venture (which by the way…we can't wait for you to be a part of…our customers mean the world to us!!!) So we have decided to keep our sale running until our close date of January 10th…so if there is anything you have had your eye on…now's the time to come and get it!!! Or just stop in to say Hi…we'd love to see you! XOXOXO, Angela😘

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If you’ve ever driven down Stafford Road through Wilsonville you may have seen this cute little shop with two names – Stafford Farms & Vintage, and The Little Door.  It’s part of the Farmlandia Farm Loop and I’d driven by it plenty of times but finally stopped in just last month and I’ll definitely be back.

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So why does it have two names?  It’s because two friends partnered up and joined their stores.  How fun does that sound?!  Jeanie Bruan has Stafford Farms & Vintage, and Angela Dickson joined in 2014 with The Little Door, and it resulted in the cutest little home décor / vintage / antique / garden accessories store.

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There’s so much great stuff, new and old, with a variety of styles like Boho Vintage, Romantic Beach Cottage, French Country, Shabby Chic, and Rustic Elegance.  My style is something like log-cabin-industrial-minimalist-french-country (is that a thing?), and I found plenty of things I liked!  I am admittedly not up on my antique pricing knowledge, but when I checked out the tags on some larger items I expected them to be much higher.

I absolutely loved how it was decorated and set up.  It’s a small space but there was so much to see.  I’ve noticed that antique type shops like this can be hard to peruse because there’s just so much stuff and often there’s no rhyme or reason as to how things are organized, but this place does a great job of organizing and it feels like everything was purposefully placed with thought and care.

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I met Jeanie the day I was there and she was so nice and fun to chat with.  Good thing I had my OSU hat on because they are a Beaver family.  Don’t let that deter you if you’re a Duck, good home décor crosses all barriers, haha!

If this type of place is your thing, check out the Farm Girls Roadshow they’re part of this weekend, it’s a progressive shopping event in the West Linn/Lake Oswego/Wilsonville area – sounds really fun!

Want to check out the shop for yourself?  Here’s more info:

26015 SW Stafford Road
Wilsonville, OR 97070
(about 1.5 miles east off I-5 exit 286)

Mon-Sat, 11-4
Sun, 12-4

Stafford Farms & Vintage
Website / Facebook / Instagram

The Little Door
Facebook / Instagram

This post is not sponsored in any way, I’m just sharing a fun local place I really like!  Jeanie might remember me so if you stop by tell you heard about them here :)

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Getaway :: Astoria & Long Beach

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Warning: extremely long and photo-filled post ahead :)

A few weekends ago we took a quick trip to Long Beach, WA and the weather on the coast was amazing!  The forecast said mostly cloudy which I was fine with since that meant we wouldn’t have to worry about Koko getting heatstroke when we had to leave her in the car, but it actually turned out to be pretty sunny and not too winy or cold.  It wasn’t shorts weather, but it was certainly enjoyable.

Long Beach is a little over two hours away from Portland and has been on my radar for a while now.  I knew Cape Disappointment State Park and a couple of lighthouses were up there, and I kept seeing Living Social deals for the newly renovated and eco-conscious Adrift Hotel and their [pickled fish] restaurant.  Recently a couple of local blogging friends also posted about Long Beach and Adrift – Lindsay & Suzannah – so we finally went to check it out for ourselves.

Stopping in Astoria on the way was a must, and my Instagram friend Jonena (we still haven’t met in real life yet!) lives there so I asked her where we should eat and she suggested Blue Scorcher Bakery & Café.  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

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It’s actually a worker-owned cooperative and they’re all about local, organic, and in season which is really cool, and I’d say it shined through in the bright and fresh flavors of their food.  There’s free wi-fi, a very eclectic magazine selection, a children’s play area, and I heard something about gluten-free Fridays if you’re interested in that.

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That photo is a very small part of their bakery case!

We ordered some lunch, including sweets and coffee which were meant to be dessert, but I dug into mine right away.  I had a Cardamom Almond Roll + Americano, and Mr. Won’t Run had the Ginger Tea Cake + Honey Cardamom Latte.  I’m not typically a fan of cardamom, but I think that’s because I’ve never had it done right, but Blue Scorcher does it right for sure!  You could absolutely smell and taste it but it wasn’t overpowering.  And that Ginger Tea Cake was like the most amazing gingersnap cookie you’ve ever eaten but in cake form.  De-freakin-licious!

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(Can we just pause and talk about natural light for a moment?  I’ve always heard that taking pictures in natural light is the best, and we were sitting next to a window in early afternoon so natural light was abundant, and I am officially a fan.  This photo (and all others) were just from my iPhone, but seeing how things come out in natural light makes me want to figure out my “real” camera!  Okay, back to the post… )

Mr. Won’t Run ordered the special on the board which was Grilled Polenta with a Spanish red sauce and sauté of Tuscan kale and pinenuts – he really enjoyed it and said it had great flavor.  I ordered the 3 Egg Scramble with pesto and goat cheese on a bed of greens with toast and jam – when you eat at a bakery you order the toast, it was obviously amazing.  The eggs were perfect too, cooked to that still-wet-but-not-gross-and-runny stage and the pesto and goat cheese combo was fantastic.  We left very satisfied and will definitely be back!

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(Again with the natural light!  I know these pictures aren’t gallery worthy, but the difference with natural light just blows me away!)

Even though we’d technically had dessert already, we also had to check out another recommendation from Jonena which was Frite & Scoop – french fries and ice cream!!!

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It was nearby so we walked to the cute little shop specializing in French-custard style ice cream made with local ingredients – yum!  There is seating inside or outside under cover with a view of the water, or just grab your scoops and walk around the city which is what we did.  I got Espresso Cardamom (made with Stumptown Hairbender), and he got the Hokey Pokey as an ice cream sandwich (sweet cream custard with house-made honeycomb candy).

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Since their ice cream is made fresh daily, they post the current flavors on Facebook, but I’m warning you, don’t look unless you’re ready to drive to Astoria right this minute – so much good stuff!  Authentic Belgian Frites will be added to the menu in the next month or so and I think it’s a genius combination, just like dipping french fries in your milk shake!  You do that too, right?

After ice cream it was over the bridge to WA, and thanks to some bridge construction we were stopped for a few minutes so I snapped a pic from the Oregon side.

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Cape Disappointment State Park was up next since it was on the way to the hotel.  Neither of us had been there before so we found the little parking lot and took the short trail up to Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center:

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The view wasn’t too terrible:

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Looking left you can see the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse:

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And then we hiked over to the lighthouse which was a bit of a surprise.  I didn’t do much research before going so I wasn’t wearing appropriate foot ware for hiking but thankfully the trail was pretty clear and it hadn’t been raining so it wasn’t muddy, and the last half is paved which was nice.  It’s 0.5 miles from the parking lot to the lighthouse but we were already up the hill and there’s a trail (towards the left in that Fort Canby photo above) that meets up with the one you would take from the parking lot, but it’s was short so I think 0.5 miles from Fort Canby would be an accurate estimate too.  It’s not long, and the trail is pretty easy.

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On the way there’s the ominously-named Dead Man’s Cove Overlook:

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Which was quite beautiful:

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There is beach access further down the trail, although I’m not sure if it’s official access or just rule-breakers blazing their own trail, but we kept heading to the lighthouse.  Here’s a view from the other side of the cove:

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This is also right next to the US Coast Guard station which I thought was cool since my Dad and Uncles were in the Coast Guard, and at least one of them was stationed right around here for a while:

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Next up was the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, built in 1856, and apparently it is the oldest functioning lighthouse on the West Coast:

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From the lighthouse, looking to the right at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center:

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And this is a silly gif that Picasa automatically made for me when I uploaded my photos.  Mr. Won’t Run was taking the picture and he took a ton, of course not telling me when he was taking them so I was channeling my inner Vanna White while I waited for him to say “okay, smile” (he never did), and this is the magic that happened.  You’re welcome.

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The it was off to find the hotel which was a piece of cake thanks to a nice big Adrift Hotel sign on the main road telling you where to turn.  This picture is taken from the beach side, not the road as you drive in.  The top right part of the building painted green is the [pickled fish] restaurant which we didn’t get to eat at but we hear it’s really good.

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Check-in was a breeze and he gal at the counter was very helpful, explained everything they had to offer and tipped us off that the restaurant was booking up quick so if we wanted dinner we should make a reservation ASAP.  We tried, but they were already full!  Somehow when we booked this getaway we sort of forgot it was Easter weekend so I think a lot of people got away to the coast for the holiday because this place was hoppin’!

We were in a “West Queen” which is on the 2nd floor (pet-friendly rooms are on the 1st and 2nd floor) facing south in their west building and had “a view of the expansive dunes and pines leading south to North Head with just a slight view of the ocean”.  It came with a queen bed, a small table + two chairs, mini fridge, 28″ LCD TV,  DVD player, and the bathroom had a tub/shower.  The view when we walked in was the sink area which leads to the bedroom and a nice big window.  The shower and toilet are to the right with a door but the sink is in the common area which was nice, and they have a recycling bin in the room which was handy, as well as recycling bins next to the garbage down by the lobby.  Yay recycling!

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We had a partial view of the ocean but you had to look hard right to see it which was fine with us for this trip.  If we’d been staying a few days and planned to spend more time hanging out in the room, then being ocean front would be nice, but since it was just one night and we knew we’d be out and about, the partial view was fine.  They do have rooms in the other building that I believe have full ocean views from the higher floors.

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For being a more basic/minimalist/industrial hotel, the room is quite comfortable and has everything you need.  My favorite part of the room was probably that box fan!  We’ve gotten used to sleeping with a fan on at night for white noise and air flow, so now when we travel it’s hard to sleep without it.  Well, it’s hard for ME to sleep, Mr. Won’t Run could sleep through anything.  Not sure why the bed looks so lumpy, it was a comfortable memory foam mattress.

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They also offer fun packages you can add on like the bonfire one where you get everything needed to make a bonfire on the beach + fixins for s’mores + a bottle of wine.  How fun does that sound?!!  We almost did it but then were so full from dinner we decided we’d try it next time.  They also have bikes that are free to use, you just have to sign up for them, we’ll also be doing that next time.

We decided to take a walk on the beach before dinner and to wear Koko out a little bit.  I think we succeeded.

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Since we missed [pickled fish] for dinner, we asked the gal at the desk what they would recommend and we ended up at The Shelburne Inn which was the cutest hotel and restaurant right off the main road.

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I’m trying to broaden my wine horizons so I got the Trio of Half Glass Northwest Wines.  All three were fine but nothing blew my socks off.  Apparently I still like the super sweet white ones the best.

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Mr. Won’t Run got Pan Fried Oysters of course, he loves those things:

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The Daily Focaccia was outstanding, that night it had tomato, greens (obviously), and house-cured chorizo (maybe chorizo, I can’t remember exactly, it was a house-cured meat of some kind), and some olive oil on the side for drizzling.

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I ordered the Wild Chinook Salmon with Local Garden Veggies and Fettuccini, and Mr. Won’t Run got the Shelburne Beef Wellington with Deliciosa Mushroom Duxelle, both were delicious.

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And then… yes, more food… if there’s crème brulee or lava cake, we will eat it.

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After sleeping that off we took a little beach walk the next morning and since [pickled fish] wasn’t quite open yet we headed to Laurie’s Homestead Breakfast House.  A little “interesting” from the outside, but charming inside and great diner food!  Yes, there is a real Laurie, and if you go you’ll probably see her there!  I also loved the picture of the praying man on the back wall.  We had that picture in our house when I was growing up and there’s just something about it, it’s peaceful maybe, and now it reminds me of home.

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How cute are the mismatched mugs, I love that!  We always have to try the biscuits and gravy at a breakfast place so we got the half order and could have shared it between four people.  Be warned, it’s a lot of food, but all delicious!

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Nothing left to do after that but head home with super full bellies.

And if you’re still reading, yes, Mr. Won’t Run did order a side of bacon for Koko.

Details all in one spot:

Blue Scorcher – Cafe Menu
7 days a week, 7am – 4pm
1493 Duane St.
Astoria, OR  97103
503-338-7473

Adrift Hotel and Spa – Rooms
Current room rates appear to be $108-$202
409 Sid Snyder Dr.
Long Beach, WA  98631
360-642-2311

We didn’t eat at [pickled fish] but here’s the menu if you’re interested.
7 days a week, 9am-12pm (Breakfast), 3pm-5pm (Bar & Provisions), 5pm-9pm (Dinner), 9pm-Close (Late Nite Menu)
360-642-2344

The Shelburne Inn – RoomsRestaurant
Current room rates appear to be $149-$199
4415 Pacific Way
Seaview, WA  98644
360-642-2442

Laurie’s Homestead Breakfast House – TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoonYelp
7 days a week, 6:30am – 1pm (unconfirmed)
4214 Pacific Way
Seaview, WA  98644
360-642-7171

 

Klamath Falls & Crater Lake

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Shoot, a week since my last post!  I promise I’m not slacking, well, not totally.

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We took an impromptu trip down to Klamath Falls over the weekend to check out the area and to see Crater Lake.  We’re trying to explore more of our beautiful state and neither of us had been to either place before.  It was fun to get away and see another part of Oregon.

We stayed at Running Y Ranch (pictured above) which was good and not so good.  I might post a more in depth review but haven’t decided yet.  It’s totally a clean, comfortable, and friendly place, we just felt some things could have been better.

Here’s Koko checking out the beautiful golf course view from our first floor room.

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Crater Lake was as beautiful as we expected and there was still snow on the ground.  The hiking trails were still closed due to snow but that was fine because if they had been open Koko wouldn’t have been allowed on them and it was too warm to leave her in the car.  Travelling with dogs is not as easy as some would think!  When are dog friendly hotels going to figure out that they should add on a doggy day care service?!

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So… my internet friend and fellow Portland Blogger, Whit from Whit Likes Fit (I have no idea what that huge space is doing there and it’s driving me nuts), educated me on a photo app so I re-did the two photos above… what do you think?  They obviously look a little edited/enhanced but I love how the colors punch you in the face!!

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If you want to color punch some people too, check out the Camera+ app.  For the photos above, and per Whit’s instructions, after importing the photo I hit Edit and chose Clarify, then hit Effects and under color chose Vibrant.  This app even has a self-timer which I have totally been looking for!  No more long-armed selfies.  You’re welcome.

We’d love to go back and explore Crater Lake some more when the hiking trails are open, or even in the Winter for a snowshoeing adventure!  And we’d still love to explore the Medford / Jacksonville / Ashland area too.

Oh, and if you want to see some seriously cool pictures of Crater Lake, check out this post at Kevin and Amanda from when they came to Oregon last year.

Random question… does anyone else have love/hate feelings for the word selfies?

Beach Wedding – Oceanside, OR

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My friend got married at the beach this past weekend.

That can be scary when you live In Oregon.  The weather starts getting iffy in September so if you schedule something you pretty much hold your breath, cross your fingers, and pray like you’ve never prayed before.

They lucked out and the day was absolutely gorgeous.

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I had never been to Oceanside but now I definitely want to go back.  It’s a small little town and we joked that with so many there for the wedding it was Occupy Oceanside.

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The bride had her Chocolate and Yellow Labs in the wedding which was adorable.  They’re well-behaved dogs to begin with and did great but I’ve never been to a wedding with pets involved so it was fun to see.  Sadly, I only got a pic of one of the dogs just before the ceremony, but how cute is the bride’s nephew too?  All the nephews were dressed the same and how stylish is the hat?!

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Good ceremony pictures were hard to get from where we were sitting but here is a decent one;  the Groom was teary-eyed throughout which was so sweet, he certainly got an amazing gal!

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I went to the wedding with my co-worker Brooke and we took her dog Roxy down to the beach after the ceremony.

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Here’s me and Brooke Brooke and I on the windy coast:

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And some more of Oceanside, OR:

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So that was that, a wedding at the beach!

A gorgeous day, a gorgeous bride, and I wish them a world of happiness!

The Oregon Coast

I know, I know, over three weeks since my last post, not very Bloggery of me.

A few weeks ago I met up with my friend Marisa for a beach weekend.  We first met back in 9th grade and I just did the math on that… 20 years. Will someone please slow down time.

We wanted to go to Cannon Beach but it’s way too expensive to stay there so we found Gearhart a little farther North and it’s a really cute little town! We stayed at Gearhart by the Sea and ate at McMenaminsright there across the street the first night.

We heard rave reviews about Pacific Way Bakery & Cafewhich was just down the street so we stopped by for breakfast both mornings. It’s always a good sign when the line is out the door! Cinnamon Rolls, Scones, Tarts, Cookies, Breads… everything we had was great, if you’re ever out that way you must stop by!

We explored Cannon Beach, took the required pics of Haystack Rock, and checked out all the cute (but a little overpriced) shops.

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We lunched there at a place Mr. Won’t Run and I had been to before, Seasons Cafe. Check out this awesome open faced caprese sandwich I got, Yum!!

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We stopped by Seaside on our way back to Gearhart and stocked up on salt water taffy at Seaside Candyman (they have 170 flavors).

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It was back to Paradise Bakery & Cafe that night for dinner.  Reservations are recommended but we scored a table for two and got a pizza. I wish I could remember exactly what we ordered because it wasn’t your standard fare, they jazzed it up a bit.

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Before leaving the Coast we hit up two antique shops in Gearhart which were great.  The first is just down from the bakery and called Romancing the Home.  It didn’t look that big from the outside but it is and it’s so well organized too. I never buy anything at these places but I got a good size wire basket and a circle vanity mirror.  The gal there made sure to tell us about The Yankee Trader that’s just a little farther North up 101.  This was the view when we walked in:

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The whole store was like that, jam packed with so many treasures. It was set up so cute too with different sections done by color or theme. You could spend days in there and still not see all there is to see. I wound up with three quart size blue Ball jars, $3/each!!  I’m thinking those would have been at least $10/each in Cannon Beach. The gal who owns the place doesn’t do computers so no website or FB page, but there are some reviews here, an article here, and a bunch of posts on the Pleasant Home blog.

We had so much fun at those two shops we decided to head a little farther North to Astoria to check out three other shops. Two of them were closed on Sundays but we still made it to Vintage Hardwarewhich was really cool! Not only was it in one of those old, crumbling buildings that you know must have been gorgeous in its heyday, but they had so much fun stuff. I left empty-handed (plenty I wanted, just nothing I needed or have the room for), but Marisa found a couple of unique old windows to hang on her wall.

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Then it was lunch at Baked Alaska, another place Mr. Won’t Run and I have been to before. My co-worker is actually friends with the Owner/Chef which is how I found out about it. It’s right on the water with a view of the Astoria-Megler Bridgewhich crosses the Columbia River with Oregon on one side and WA on the other. It’s 14 miles long which apparently makes it the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.

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Mr. Won’t Run and I ended up on it by accident once and I can confirm it’s a long bridge, especially when you didn’t mean to be on it, but at least it’s a pretty 28 mile detour.

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You also get a great view of the shipping lanes which can make for some fun ship-watching.

So there is is, the Northern Oregon Coast. You should totally explore it sometime!

Weather Man Said What?

As you may know, the Pacific Northwest is known for it’s amazing weather lots of rain, so when this happens we’re not quite sure how to handle it.

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For some of you, those temps are nothing.  You laugh at those “high” temps.  You get out your parka and build a bonfire when it gets that cold.  For those of us used to gray, cloudy skies, it’s a shock to the system.

Considering the fact that I was born in Arizona and spent the first eight years of my life living in a pool you would think I’d have a built-in heat shield. Apparently that’s one of those “use it or lose it” accessories and my years in the Pacific Northwest have turned me into a pansy.

I remember visiting family in Arizona for Christmas a few years after living in Washington, I think it was sunny and 65. We were in shorts and t-shirts thawing out while everyone else was bundled up and freezing!

A nice breezy 75 is about all I can handle these days, and if it’s that hot it had better cool off to 55 by evening so I can sleep. Not having a/c in our apartment doesn’t help either, so when we saw the above forecast for the weekend we decided to escape to the Coast.

The first place I called didn’t have a pet weight limit and they had an opening for Friday night so off we went.  Checked in around 9:30pm and took Koko for a quick walk on the beach before going to bed.  Up early for breakfast:

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And then off for a long beach walk.  I think she liked it.

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Not sure what she’s digging for but she loves it!

Took a video too but she suddenly turned boring, the last four seconds are the best.

We were done with our beach walk by 10am and the hotel checkout was at 11am.

Hmmm…  we didn’t really think this through.

We only wanted to stay one night, but now we were left with the rest of the day and nothing else to do but the beach and we were hot and sandy from that already.  There are other things to do but not with Koko and it was way too hot to leave her in the car.

So, we headed back to town.  And the heat.  We’ll do it differently next time, LOL!

Oh!  And when we were packing up the car to leave, Koko hopped in the back and I reached back in to move a toy of hers and Mr. Won’t Run brought the door down on my head.  Hello goose egg!  It was a total accident, he wasn’t trying to off me.

Or so he says.