Saturday, September 20, 2014

Grumpy Bulldog Does America Day 18: Over the River & Through the Woods

Is it Day 18?  Or Day 19?  I'm not sure.  Anyway, after six days in the same city it was finally time to move on.  This was one of those long travel days, mostly because I took the scenic route.  If you take the I-5 from Seattle to Portland it would be a lot shorter and quicker, but I opted to go down the coast.

Here's some stuff from along the way to Cape Disappointment:

The guidebook and such said it was a half-mile walk to the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment.  What the guidebook didn't say is more than half of the trip is going UPHILL on a steep, narrow path.  If you're in good shape it's not really a problem, but when you're an out-of-shape fatass it is not pleasant at all, especially since there are no benches or anything to rest on, unless you want to just lie down on the ground.

Of course there is an easy way to get there:  join the Coast Guard!  Then you can just drive up from the Coast Guard base to the lighthouse.  But I did manage to conquer the path without having a heart attack or anything, so that was a bonus.  They really should paint the lighthouse as you can see in these pics it's pretty chipped and faded and stuff.  Lazy Coast Guard.

There's a second lighthouse in the area but they had the road to that closed so I couldn't go.  I stopped at this overlook to eat the snack wraps I'd bought from McDonald's a couple hours earlier.

And then I stopped at a park to use the bathroom.  The only problem was I had to drop a deuce and afterwards I realized there was no soap dispenser in there.  I had to go out to my car and use some of the body wash I packed.  But I did maybe get some nice pics:

I stopped at another overlook to get a few pictures of the Columbia River and the big bridge leading to Oregon.  A bridge that was annoying to cross because they had one of the two lanes closed, so we had to sit there near the end of it for 10 minutes while traffic went the other way.  Plus some ass on a bike was trying to cross the bridge too.

And then here's just random pictures of the Oregon countryside.  I went through Astoria, which wasn't that where The Goonies was supposed to take place?  Then through a lot of forest and hills, finally into farm country.

I have to look through the guidebook to see what there is to do in Portland.  If it's like Seattle maybe I'll just sleep most of the time.  I guess they have some famous gardens I could give a look.  I might wait to load pictures since this motel wifi is shit.  It literally took 4 hours to load these pictures.

Until next time...


  1. That lighthouse is in awful shape. Lazy coast guard. Though the abandoned building you posted is cool looking. See any other cool dilapidated buildings on your travels?

  2. Now I want to go rewatch "The Goonies." Are you sure it wasn't just salt?

    Jeez, that one beach is pretty forbidding. Are they expecting an invasion, or does it look like that all the time?

  3. The pictures are great. At first I thought you were just being sarcastic when you said Cape Disappointment. Anyway, this is just a suggestion, but it would be easier to comment if you could change your type of comments to that popup box type. This is because once reaching the end of the blog, I click comment and it goes all the way back to the beginning...which is rather far. With all these pictures, there was this lag to get back down here. Although maybe you like the reply option.



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