Wednesday, September 16, 2009

1200 Miles Later

This weekend Will and I finally got our mini-road trip which we fought so hard for. I nearly got fired for getting work off, but in the end am on good terms with the Kabul family and so we headed out on Saturday morning for out short trip covering big ground. I had never been on the 101, and hadn't been to the Oregon coast sense I was about 12 with my mom and sister. While most of the towns are nothing to get too excited about, a sneeze and you've already driven through it, a few of the beach towns are actually quite charming. We stopped at Cannon Beach on the way down and played in the sand, and Will took Moe into the surf to test the waters. Needless to say Moe learned about undertow and Will couldn't feel his toes afterwards. We camped that night at a place a few minutes walk form the beach, where we attempted a romantic fire but failed miserably due to wind and wet fire wood, but succeeded a few nights later when we wised up and bought a duraflame. Still quite a challenge I might note though, the wind on the coast gets pretty brutal after the sun sets and we had to find a log to hide behind. We actually ended up cheating in the camping department and slept in a hotel on the second night, mostly due to poor planning and much to much driving, but I must say I did appreciate the shower.

The third and final night though we spent in Long Beach on the Washington coast, and it was really picturesque. We had the beach to ourselves and Moe could run around without a leash and play in the surf, the sun was out, the weather was warm, and we could drive right onto the beach and down to the water. I had my Polaroid camera which I was ridiculously excited about and was able to snap away all afternoon.

That night we did however realize the sad reality of camping in touristy places. If you want to camp legitimately you have to do it at an RV Park, where everyone surrounding you it watching HBO and sleeping on a sleep-number bed. We realized the easiest way to forget about the fact that you can't simply pitch a tent on the beach without getting harassed was to spend the entire evening on the beach with a bottle of wine, and trek back at night to simply sleep the RV Park away.

All in all though we had a great time and I look forward to going to the coast more often, next time hopefully with my newly restored bus...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Friday Harbor

My sister and I went to Friday Harbor to visit my dad about a month ago, and I'm of course just not getting around to posting a few pictures. As cliche as the post card Roche Harbor pictures are, I love them. We we went at just the right time, with the gardens in full bloom. Sadly I think everything is beginning to die now that fall is in the air. sign. Then again fall brings many great photo opportunities as so I look forward to it.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Photos from Thong Nai Pan, Thailand

I've been playing with photoshop to get a vintage effect to my photos from random travels...

Fremont Sunday Market

I had heard of the Fremont market from several people and finally got a chance to go a yesterday. Of course it was raining, but we didn't let that hold us back! We are some great tacos and wandered around the flea market section, which is actually underground, so we were safe from the drizzle. I of course could of spent hours paroozing the isles for antiques, but decided for Will's sake to keep it short. I did find some awesome antique silverware though, and all for a dollar each! The old school "Kitchen Aid" ice cream scoop is my favorite, it immediately reminded me of my sister, who has an ice cream scoop collection. There was a ton of prints and old signs I loved as well, but don't really have a space for them. I really wanted this awesome old teal typewriter but knew it was probably unnecessary. Even if I only walked away with silverware, flea markets and quickly becoming a love of mine, and I'm sure I'll be back in the following weeks finding more treasures...