I spent a lovely week with best buddies in Portland, Oregon in late June. Meet my hosts, Simon and Max.
For our first three days, Simon and Spencey, one of Simon’s moms, ventured out to a little hamlet called Pacific City on the Oregon coast.
We stayed in a cute, old fashioned little bungalow perched on a the hill on the east side of town, overlooking the Nestucca River and the massive dunes bordering the sea.
On arrival day, we walked through town and along the (very windy) beach, then grabbed lunch and a brew at the Pelican Pub.
Next day, Simon took us hiking on the Cape Lookout trail, along the coast about 12 miles north.
We made it to the midway point, where the trail turned into a quagmire of muddy pools and slicky tree roots. Conscious of our aged limbs (and how long it now takes to), we decided to turn around and have lunch at a nearby coastal beauty spot.
It was low tide, so we headed back to Pacific City to spend time tide pooling at the Cape Kiwanda Marine Garden.
Simon’s itinerary for the following day took us north again, to the Sitka Sedge trail.
We had a lovely walk through the woods, but the sandy bits were too hot for paws. So we lunched in the shade at the picnic area, then spent a quiet afternoon back at the cabin reading and hanging out.