We are now in Yakima (stress on the first syllable). We had an interesting day in getting here. Started from Garibaldi and our first stop was at Cannon Beach. Our friend peter Thompson had highly recommended this to us. The coast line along here is very attractive. Cannon Beach is a holiday town , set up for visitors and well developed. It is a bit touristy but very tastefully done. The beach is very attractive. Long, sandy and safe for kids with great rock formations just off the coast to add to the scenery. We found an excellent bookshop and bought some books!! They are so cheap here it is hard to resist. We then drove to Astoria. this is at the mouth of the Columbia River. This is a huge river, they call it the Great River of the West. We spent some time at the Columbia Maritime Museum. This was excellent with many exhibits about the history of exploration and settlement along the river and the difficulty of crossing the bar where the river enters the ocean. We also toured over a lighthouse shio that used to be stationed on the bar as a warning to shipping. All very interesting. We then spent most of the afternoon driving. We entered Washington state and drove across the state through some magnificent countryside. We saw Mt St Helens and the forests and rivers throughout here are magnificent. It was a pleasant drive. We are ahead of our schedule which is a bonus. Tonight we found the historic area of Yakima and tasted some local wine. We had a great meal in a French Restaurant called Carousel. A little more classy than our Pizza from last night and our Lunch at Porky's today in a typical American diner and pub!!! Its all a great experience!! On to Canada tomorrow!! Make some comments and keep in touch!!
I love travelling and have done as much as I can over the 68 years of my life. Since retiring from teaching in 2012 I have been able to do even more and have enjoyed the diverse landscapes, cities, peoples and places I have visited. My travels have taken me to every continent and to over 87 countries.
I also love sharing my experiences by writing and uploading photos so others can perhaps be inspired to follow in my footsteps or to just go out and explore this wonderful planet on which we all live. I am also happy that I have found another blog site where this can occur after my original hos... full info