Friday, August 27, 2010

Oregon Coast - Day Six, Multnoma Falls and Home

Friday we packed up and headed home. We tried to find Einstein Bagels on our way out of town because that's what Stacy was craving. We found it, but unfortunately it was closed for the summer because it was on the college campus. So we got breakfast somewhere else, and then headed to Multnoma Falls. 

The train went by right was we got there.

 Some artists painting the falls.

 Stacy, Jason, and I decided to hike up to the top of the falls. Annie stayed in the car cause she was exhausted, and there was no way she was going to be able to hike to the falls with her bum knee.
 It was a very long, steep, hike, but I'm definitely glad we did it. It was beautiful up there.

 Looking over the edge of  the top of the falls. On the far right corner, you can see the bridge that is at the bottom of the falls.

 We decided to get a picture of Annie in the car. She's in the green mercedes in the first row of cars, next to the sidewalk.

 I'm amazed at how far the artists had gotten on their paintings by the time we got back down to the bottom.
We made it home safely, and I'm already ready for another vacation.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oregon Coast - Day Five, Portland

 Thursday we had to say goodbye to Lincoln City and the wonderful beach that I love. We headed into Portland and stayed the night at a hotel there. 

 This was our beach house, just the bottom half of the house.
 Flounders Crib
 The view of the beach from the front window.

There was one thing I had on my list when we got to Portland. One of Annie's co-workers was telling her there was a really good doughnut shop there called Voodoo Doughnuts, so I really wanted to check it out. When we got there, there was a line all the way around the corner. So we decided that we'd find a place for dinner first and then come back later. 
As we were walking around downtown Portland trying to find a place to eat, I saw a Tiffany's. Of course I couldn't resist the urge to go in and look at all the pretty, sparkly, beautiful jewels. While the rest of us were drooling, Jason asked one of the sales ladies if she had any good suggestions for dinner. Pretty risky considering what we went through in Seaside. One of the suggestions she gave us was the Portland City Grill. It wasn't too far from where we were, so we decided we'd check it out. It's up on the 30th floor of the Unico US Bank Building and it was definitely a good suggestion. We got a seat right next to the window, so we had a really awesome view.

 I noticed while I was looking down, that I could see the entrance to Voodoo doughnuts, with a really long line still.

 While we were waiting for dinner, we noticed the bridge was raising to let a ship pass under.

 Doughnuts at last. There was still a line when we got finished with dinner, but not nearly as long as when we first drove past the place.
 After our experience at the doughnut shop, which I will explain below, this sign could not be more true.
 This is the building where we had dinner.
 The chandelier inside Voodoo Doughnuts.

 So we finally get up to the counter to order, and all the workers seemed to disappear to the back. Annie sees one of them eat a piece of doughnut and then lick his fingers. Then without washing his hands, came over and asked us what we wanted. And the girl that was helping some ladies next to us was talking to her coworker about how demanding some previous customers were while she standing there waving there doughnut in their faces. Stacy told the guy she wanted a maple bar so he went and grabbed her one, with a tissue, thank goodness. He had a tissue on the counter and practically threw her doughnut down, and then it rolled right onto the bare counter. I swear for a minute the guy considered just putting it back on the tissue without a second thought, but he saw the look we gave him and he grabbed a new one. We ordered our other doughnuts and then had to ask him for a box cause he didn't even offer us one. We were very disappointed with the customer service, it was as if they didn't care about pleasing the customers, because there would always be a line of customers. The disappointing thing, was that they weren't to die for doughnuts, they were just ok doughnuts. Oh well, it was an experience at least. =]

 Jason's fruitloop doughnut and Stacy and I split the voodoo man.
 The maple one with the mustache was mine with yummy bavarian cream in the middle.
 We had to get a picture of Jason eating his fruitloop doughnut.

He said the fruitloops tasted kind of stale, but he looked happy eating it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Oregon Coast - Day Four, Seaside and Canon Beach

 Wednesday we headed up to Seaside. Stacy said it was her favorite place on the Coast and the rest of us have never been there. We were hoping for some nice weather once we got up there, but it was cloudy and cold. It was still a neat little coastal town and we had a good time looking around. We also loaded up on some more salt water taffy. 

 We asked a guy at the bike rental shop if he had any good suggestions for places to eat and he gave us a couple of ideas. One of them was Big Kahuna, and we thought it sounded like a good place to eat. Well, we were wrong. Jason and Stacy ended up getting burgers, and Annie and I got the chicken and shrimp terriyaki. It took forever for Annie and I to get our food, and then when it came, it was on styrofoam plates and the meat tasted horrible. So needless to say, we didn't eat very much of our food, and we will not ever be returning there for food again. 

After we left Seaside we decided to stop at Canon Beach, where the sun was shining a little more. The last time I was at Canon Beach, it was rainy and cold, but it was beautiful this time. I loved this beach, and definitely think this needs to be a place to stay on a future trip. 

 We were trying to make it look like Stacy was pushing the rocks, but it didn't work out so well. =[