Tillamook and Portland
We stayed a week at each town: Tillamook, a rural dairy cow small town with two grocery stores, and Portland, a busy thoroughfare with about eight DDDs.
In Tillamook I did a lot of biking and geocaching downtown, finding all sorts of quilt patterns. We stayed just a mile or so from town at a sunny place with no sewer or Internet, but free cable. We used the Internet at the library and at McD’s. I only revisited the cheese factory once, but went through the sample line as many times as I pleased. They had the expensive cheese out to sample! It was tasty, too.
In Portland we stayed to the north on Hayden Island in the middle of the Columbia River. We had no cable but about 15 channels with the antenna. We had a sewer hookup (that means laundry time) and the best water pressure ever. One time I flushed and the water came out so fast, it went over the rim of the toilet! We didn’t use the pool, although we were parked right in front of it. Too many kids, gay men and leaky old women used it - it didn’t appeal. The Jeep wouldn’t fit on our site (no parking on the pampered grass) so we had to park in the tiny pool parking lot. The place was meticulously clean and right next to a super-Target, Home Depot and mall-type stores. No food court.
Traffic on the Interstate was horrible and backed up at all hours to get onto the two-lane bridge to Vancouver, WA. It was actually closer to go to the post office and Fred Meyers in Washington than in Portland. One day we took the MAX train downtown to Portland to have lunch at a DDD.
At Blueplate Diner we had roast beef and chicken sandwiches with a side of mashed potatoes and hand-made shakes: rootbeer and caramel for about $30. Corny thought his beef was the best; I thought my chicken was the best. Definitely the rootbeer shake was better than the caramel. The kid working there looked like hell and was sneezing and sniffling, so I gave Corny a few vitamins when we got home.
Another day we had dinner at Podnah’s BBQ place a little ways out of town. We both liked it. We got the Fritos nachos appetizer, a brisket plate and a mexi-brisket plate with sides of broccoli casserole and chile mac n’ cheese. Everything was delectable - we didn’t need a take-home box.
Corny wasn’t too interested in any of the other DDDs - several little sandwich shops, a homemade meats place and a couple noodle places. I cooked a couple days and we went to a nearby burrito place twice where we loved the sopapillas and fresh sauces.
I am reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner in hopes of seeing the movie on the big screen. I’m about halfway through. I’m also still streaking. I nearly quit after 30 days but decided at 10pm on day 31 I’d keep it going. I’m running out of caches on the little island - good thing we’re moving soon. We’re heading south into California next. YaY!
Life is Godd!