Oregon Part 2: Portland to the coast.

Chelsea got her big camera out of the drawer this past week and it shows. The following post contains some great images in the latter half. We both mostly shoot on our iPhone 6+ cameras, partially because they are always on us and partially because they produce above average content, but when Chels brings out the DSLR, it shows.

Portland was fun. We saw some of Chels's old friends, visited the previous owner of Little Foot, and slept on the streets with the homeless van-dwelling population of the city. More importantly though, we went to Ikea and Chelsea finally got the mattress she's been dreaming of for an entire year. (That's right, we've been sleeping on sleeping pads since we did the build out on Stubbs the bus!) 

 Friendly IKEA instructions!

Friendly IKEA instructions!

Everyone in the city was friendly, homeless included, and while driving around city streets is stressful in any vehicle, it's that much more in a 34 year old military surplus van that likes to start in 2nd on the flats but needs to start in a non-synchorized crawler gear on hills.

Toby, the previous owner of Little Foot, welcomed us back and assessed our work. He also offered us MUCH needed showers and a fantastic breakfast. On our way out, he also surprised us by hooking us up with a an expert european car mechanic who tuned our carburetors quickly, pointed out some things we needed to fix, and told us we've got the right idea about hitting the road and escaping. 

 A shot of Little Foot adorning the on-street parking outside his old home.

A shot of Little Foot adorning the on-street parking outside his old home.

 Little Foot joined the ranks of the car/rv-dwelling homeless for a few nights on the Portland streets.

Little Foot joined the ranks of the car/rv-dwelling homeless for a few nights on the Portland streets.

 Powell's Book store…always a favorite, but Portland's 90 minute parking limit meant we had to browse quick!!!

Powell's Book store…always a favorite, but Portland's 90 minute parking limit meant we had to browse quick!!!

 Brady, a wonderful mechanic in Portland that the previous owner of Little Foot put us in touch with to check out our carbs.

Brady, a wonderful mechanic in Portland that the previous owner of Little Foot put us in touch with to check out our carbs.

After leaving the city we headed towards the coast for beauty, and stopped along the way for cheese. Tillamook, OR is like a gateway city to the coast, and also home to the world famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. We had to check out the cheesy automation, factory lines, and of course the cheese samples. It was fantastic.

 Another glorious campsite, this time in a State Forest.

Another glorious campsite, this time in a State Forest.

 Checking out the cheese line!

Checking out the cheese line!

After the cheese, we started driving down the coast, making many stops along the way. Chels had us stop at a beach she'd been to on her previous trip up the coast four years ago that had a cool tunnel through one of the sea cliffs.

 Ocean!

Ocean!

 Ocean tunnel?

Ocean tunnel?

 Ocean tunnel!

Ocean tunnel!

 Oregon's coast is AMAZING. Go there.

Oregon's coast is AMAZING. Go there.

 This is my lighthouse dance.

This is my lighthouse dance.

 Breathtaking views everywhere.

Breathtaking views everywhere.

 Breathtaking seagulls everywhere?

Breathtaking seagulls everywhere?

 Little Foot posing by the Pacific, no big deal.

Little Foot posing by the Pacific, no big deal.

 Views.

Views.

 Loulou views.

Loulou views.

 More views.

More views.

 More Loulou views.

More Loulou views.

There were a million places to pull over, and we pulled over at many of them. We couldn't not play by the beach a little. The Oregon coast has a power you can feel from hundreds of feet above the shore as you drive on highway 101, and when you're down on the water's edge that power becomes incredibly apparent in an immediate sense. The waves are large, and the signs warning of playing near the edge of cliffs are certainly necessary. Explore wisely.

 Playing by the seaside.

Playing by the seaside.

 The wave action, both crashing in and draining out, was phenomenal.

The wave action, both crashing in and draining out, was phenomenal.

 Me playing like Mickey in Fantasia's  Sorcerer's Apprentice .

Me playing like Mickey in Fantasia's Sorcerer's Apprentice.

We found a deserted campground up a forest road that night, and settled in. Loulou got to explore the forrest floor, Chelsea had some fun with crosswords, and I tried to split and set fire to REALLY wet wood. Everyone was successful, except for myself.

 Maybe wet wood will light for me? Nope.

Maybe wet wood will light for me? Nope.

 Loulou acclimating.

Loulou acclimating.

 One of our best free campsites to date…thanks to some intel from a National Forest Ranger.

One of our best free campsites to date…thanks to some intel from a National Forest Ranger.

We went for an amazing walk the next day, through some very-near rain forest and right down to a deserted beach. The walk, which was short, really illustrated the craziness the Oregon coasts' ecosystem. One moment in a lush rhododendron forest, and the next moment walking on sandy shores. 

 A near fairy tale walk.

A near fairy tale walk.

 More stunning Oregon coast.

More stunning Oregon coast.

 I can't help but play in waves! I was chasing them. They chased back.

I can't help but play in waves! I was chasing them. They chased back.

 Walking back up.

Walking back up.

 Admiring the forest.

Admiring the forest.

 I ran ahead and hid, and then Chels found me. This is my mischievous face?

I ran ahead and hid, and then Chels found me. This is my mischievous face?

 Little Foot's first covered bridge!

Little Foot's first covered bridge!