Saturday, February 23, 2008

Andy & Glenn Do Yachats, Day Two

After a restful night's sleep in our cozy cabin, the first order of the day was the obligatory quiet, solitary walk by the sea behind the hotel.

For breakfast we went to the Green Salmon Cafe, where in addition to a fantastic cup of rich, strong coffee I had an amazing marionberry and blueberry bear claw. The clientele is an odd mix of eccentric locals, cruchy-granola Portland liberals on vacation and slightly concerned-looking mainstream Americans just passing through.

Then it was off to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, one of my favorite places. It's small, but very pleasant and always fascinating; it's comprised entirely of local animals.

For lunch we headed into "downtown" Newport and walked up and down the main street, but didn't really shop for anything. It's mostly kitschy tourist crap.

Glenn wanted to see a lighthouse, so I took him up to Yaquina Head. We waited in line for probably 20 minutes at least, and were then told it was going to be another half-hour yet, so Glenn decided the lighthouse looked just fine from the outside. Having seen all kinds of neat animals behind glass this morning, I was eager to show him the real deal, so we went down to the tidepools at Smelt Sands State Park, just north of Yachats. The tide was extremely low and the ocean fairly calm, so the waves weren't spraying up into the air as they usually do, but this allowed us to go pretty far out and see live animals like sea stars, anemones, crabs, chitons and tons of mussels.

As it was late in the day, we decided to stay and sit on a park bench and watch the sun disappear over the horizon. Glenn was really missing his boyfriend.

We went to dinner at a local place and then Glenn went to hang out in the hotel's hot tub. (I forgot my suit, and it's not that kind of hotel, so I stayed in by the fire and had evening prayer and finished the pinot noir.)


Marc said...

Nice photos. Marionberries...not very commonly known in the northeast, but I like them. My mom used to make marionberry jam. Have you met Glenn's boyfriend? He's very nice. I can understand how Glenn would really be missing him.

Ahh, Yaquina Head lighthouse. Fortunately, the day we went, no real wait. The placement and size is interesting, but I was underwhelmed when we went inside. Glenn, you didn't miss much.

DJRainDog said...

That store -- The Cat House -- heh-heh. D'you suppose the owners are aware of what "cat-house" is a euphemism for? Naughty. ;-)

Jess said...

Sounds like a great time (despite Glenn missing his bf). We love getting out that way!