Monday, October 8, 2012

Honeymoon Road Trip: Days 8 & 9

Even though Vince and I got married over a year ago in September, we just took our honeymoon this past July. Between school full time and work full time, it just hasn't been able to happen until now! To celebrate, we took a 15 day road trip from Flagstaff up to Seattle, then slowly down the coast. I feel like breaking it up will be the only way I'll actually post about the trip because it's a lot less daunting. Some pictures are taken with the iPhone and the other with my Canon Rebel T2i. 

Oh my Jesus, it's happening. I'm writing another post about my trip. Do you know how distracting it is to go through over 2,000 pictures? It's rough work. But here we are, at the halfway point on days 8 and 9, (July 19th and 20th) where we traveled from Seattle, WA to Coos Bay, OR, then to Ashland, OR. To catch up on the previous 7 days, click here.

On day 8 we said goodbye to Seattle and our hostel.

The only 'major' thing we did other than drive to Coos Bay was make a pit stop in Portland to have lunch with our friend Kyle who lives there.

We met him at his work, walked around for a bit, then got me some fro-yo and a crazy place before hitting the road again. Kyle only had an hour for lunch and I only had change for the parking meter for 45 minutes, so we were in a rush.

I wasn't able to find anything to eat at any of the food carts so instead I opted for a large green tea from Starbucks, which consisted of me having to drop Vince off to get it while I drove around the block 5 or 6 times because there was no parking and he forgot his phone so I couldn't call him to tell him where I was. So that was fun.

After that, we took a beautiful drive until we got to Salem, OR for dinner.
Let me tell you, that town was a craphole. You would think that since it was the state capital and everything it would look nice, or big, or anything? But it wasn't. It was weird and not interesting in the slightest. Well, it wasn't interesting until we come across the best gluten free pizza place ever that I for sure thought was going to make me sick because there was no way gluten free pizza could taste so good. But I felt great and now I have dreams of Church St. Pizza. The guy who owned it said that he made his own dough and let it sit for a couple days for it to get perfect. And perfect it was. I would fly to Salem just to eat that pizza, and might even live there.

After eating and talking to the guy we finished the last bit of the trip to Coos Bay, OR. We arrived late at night, so even though we were crossing a ton of huge bridges, we weren't able to see any water or what the town looked like. When we arrived to our camp site at Sunset Bay State Park (I don't remember why we arrived so late!) it was pouring rain unlike we'd experienced so far. SO MUCH RAIN. And it wasn't going to stop. So we set up the tent in the rain and hoped we wouldn't drown in our sleep. The next morning we woke up to no rain, just damp grass and greenery everywhere.

It was beautiful and so refreshing! We made some tea and at some gluten free pumpkin bread that we got in Seattle before packing up.

There was a nature hike earlier in the morning to see tidal pools that I was so bummed we missed, so if you ever stay at Sunset Bay State Park or any other state park, look up the activities!

On the way out of town we stopped by a beach that was very secluded and so gorgeous. It was much too cold to swim, but so relaxing to just hangout there.

We knew we'd be doing a lot of relaxing once we got to our camp site in Ashland, OR, though, so we hit the road again. On the drive to Ashland we took a lot of little pit stops. One of them happened because I needed to pee, and it was so wonderful. (Something similar just happened to Sara!) The road took us to the middle of nowhere and was just overgrown with greenery and moss. I so wish I lived in a place like this!

When we go to Glenyan RV Park in Ashland, we set up camp next to a little creek, recharged all our dying electronics, and just hung out cooking by the campfire, exhausted from all the driving and ready for a recharge ourselves.

Oh, and I didn't include a picture of our fresh salmon and veggies we got from Pike Place Market that we made at the hostel when we were in Seattle, so here ya go. Enjoy that salivating mouth of yours.


  1. Ah, I love it! I love it when a town sucks but you can at least find one great thing about it.
    FYI, that was not the case with Sidney, Nebraska. Thanks for the link! So exciting, can't wait to see the rest! =D

    1. Ya, the pizza was so good. More to come soon, I just finished days 10 and 11!