A couple weeks ago one of my friends from Vietnam was back visiting the U.S. He was in Oregon, I'd never been to Oregon, so me and my boyfriend StarF took a little road trip just for fun.
We drove all the way there and back, which was like a 28 hour drive from Minnesota to Oregon.
Stayed in this sleazy motel in Montana that advertised having color TVs!!
Our first stop was in Portland, where we arrived late on St. Patrick's Day. We had dinner at Sizzle Pie and explored the city a little bit.
Here's a shameless plug where you can read about it on StarF's pizza blog if you're into that kind of thing.
We also stopped at Voodoo Doughnut because we are hip and trendy.
The next day we drove through the middle of the state to get to the coast to meet my friend. Lots of super beautiful forests on the way.
We tried to stop at Enchanted Forest theme park, but it was closed for like one more week, boo.
We stopped in the middle of nowhere to make fun of this dispensary.
We made it to the coast and spent the next day in Coos Bay, meeting up with friends and enjoying the beach and the lack of snow.
The next day we drove north along the coast, stopping at the Sea Lion Caves in Florence.
It is America's largest sea cave where we saw (and heard and smelled) hundreds of sea lions.
We continued up the coast to Newport, where we visited more friends and hung out on the beach.
We visited the Devil's Punchbowl while we were there.
The next day we drove the rest of the way north to Astoria for our last night.
We visited the Astoria Column and climbed to the top.
That bridge goes all the way to Washington.
Lastly we made it to the remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck just in time to hang out with some old ship bones at sunset.
The trip was short and sweet and the next morning we headed back to Minnesota.
Last but not least, here's a little video I threw together of the trip.