Sunday, January 24, 2010

Oregon in October - Sunday

Our last day of Robb's birthday weekend started at Voodoo Doughnuts. This doughnut shop has been featured on a couple of Food Network shows and we were VERY excited to try it out. The line for doughnuts was out the door and was a good 30 minute wait. When we finally got inside we were overwhelmed by all the choices. We chose 4 massive doughnuts for just the two of us to share in the car on our way out of town: Triple Chocolate Penetration (chocolate doughnut with chocolate icing and topped with cocoa puffs), Memphis Mafia (banana fritter topped with chocolate and peanut butter icing, chopped peanuts, and chocolate chips), Old Dirty Bastard (glazed doughnut with chocolate and peanut butter icing, topped with crushed oreos), and the Bacon Maple Bar (maple frosted doughnut topped with slices of real bacon.) Now I thought the Bacon Maple Bar would be disgusting, but I must admit that it may be the best doughnut ever made. Robb and I have never had better doughnuts. We love Voodoo Doughnuts!
We headed towards the Pacific Coast and the tourist town of Cannon Beach. Our ultimate destination was the Haystack Rock, but we stopped first at Ecola State Park. This park had a few hiking trails and phenomenal views of the Pacific. It was the first time Robb had seen the Pacific Ocean and it was super impressive. The weather was cooperating so we could see Tillamook Light House about a mile away in the middle of the ocean. We walked around quite a bit to get the best views and pictures we could. Next we drove down to town and the beach. We walked along Cannon Beach to see Haystack Rock. This sea stack is one of the most famous monoliths in the Pacific Northwest.
We thought about eating lunch in Cannon Beach, but the tourist fare didn't impress us and we were still full from our doughnuts. We decided to drive on to Astoria, Oregon. This town is famous for the movie The Goonies. The film was set in this town and we made sure to drive around to see the jail and the house from the movie. We also went to the Astoria Tower, a tall tower at the highest point in town, to climb up and see the views of the Columbia River and the surrounding countryside. The view was exceptional. The only way to get home from Astoria was on Highway 101, which is really beautiful during the day, but at night and in fog was quite scary to drive on. Luckily we managed to make it home so Robb's 30th year could continue. All in all, a fantastic weekend to celebrate Robb's big milestone birthday!


Judy AKA "Spookannie" said...

Beautiful photography. I especially like the one of Robb in the wet sand on the beach. But, really, those doughnuts . . . do they keep a defibrillator on the wall? Oh my goodness, all I can say is wow. It's probably a good thing I'm gluten-intolerant!

Amanda said...

I love seeing and reading about all of your amazing adventures!! Happy very belated birthday to Robb!! =)