In times of uncertainty and frustration, there's a comfort in revisiting the familiar. U2 is a band that's been with us for decades, their riffs and refrains now ingrained into the soundtrack of our lives. It was with that attitude that I entered Century Link stadium in Seattle to take in their revisit of their Joshua Tree album. Joshua Tree is the penultimate U2 masterwork which includes such songs as "With or Without You", "Where the Streets Have No Name", and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", among others.
It was, in every way, an inspiration.
Just up the road from Long Beach is the town of Ilwaco. It's a small, harbor village that seems to be hanging on by a thin thread. Many storefronts in the downtown core are vacant, and the smattering of houses in the town's few blocks are a mix of historic structures in need of a major overhaul, cozy beach cottages and expensive homes with spectacular views.
Like many small towns looking to draw tourists and locals, Ilwaco boasts a fairly vibrant Saturday market:
Farmer's markets tend to have lots of color, texture, and some very interesting people. Learning how all these folks came to be here and why is fascinating to me. The things they make or acquire or sell are reflections of where they've been and often where they want to go.
And now, breakfast. Not just any breakfast. A short stack of marionberry pancakes from Laurie's Homestead in Seaview:
Why Carla will never be a runway supermodel: reason #715. But then we go for a hike because even non-supermodels want to burn off a short stack. Not a bad place for a hike, eh?
I'm fortunate in my life to have a wonderful partner, Kevin. He and I love to go places. We have an uncanny ability to find joy and adventure in our travels whether it be a Sunday afternoon drive along the backroads near our Oregon home or a full-fledged vacation to a new locale.
Recently, we spent a few days traveling in and around a place neither of us had previously been: Long Beach, Washington. It was three days of sunshine, great food, beautiful scenery and a little bit of photography.
Map of our tripHere's a little map snippet of the area where the pictures you'll see were made. That little peninsula that includes Long Beach is beautiful and fraying, all at the same time.
When I was in the eight grade, our class visited this spot. As I recall we climbed to the top. We skipped that part this time because it was 90 degrees out, which means it was probably 120 degrees inside that thing. Also, it wasn't fitting in with our desire to be lazy-ish. So we stood back and admired it. And wondered allowed why John Jacob Astor got to have a giant cigar named after him.
Basically, this entire drive is a location scout's dream. Which makes sense, since Hollywood makes movies in Astoria.
By the time we had dinner and rolled into Long Beach, the sky was preparing a pretty spectacular show.
Nothing could really top that fantastic sky, so we drove back to our room and called it a night. Day Two was too jam packed to stuff it into this post. But get ready, because we saw ALL THE THINGS. Also, I actually managed to take some photos on my Canon, not just iPhone.
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