COFL PNW Tour: Astoria, Tillamook & the Oregon Coast
CarsOfFortLangley last edited by CarsOfFortLangley
I met up with @CB just on the other side of the border, and we set out for our first destination, Chuckanut Drive. Chuckanut is a scenic, winding road along the coastal cliffs. It's a favorite of mine and I quickly lost sight of him. I did happen to run over some weird item in the road though...
I met back up with @CB in a small village where nothing was open. He informed me that his passenger side wiper had simply snapped off and, it turns out, that was what I ran over. It wasn't until much later that we deduced he'd hit a bird causing the wiper to unclip.
So, it was off to the nearest city for breakfast and a windshield wiper.
@CB looked up what he thought was a coffee shop and lead us to it. In reality, it was a coffee kiosk, a PNW phenomenon that is basically a coffee shop, but in a shed. He asked what food they had and if he could use their bathroom. Their response was, a plastic wrapped muffin and no, he couldn't pee in their shack.
After this, we began the long haul to Astoria, OR. Early in this 4-5 hour drive, I received a text from my mom who'd been watching KOFL that day. No context, just a picture and a short message that my son had been taken to hospital by ambulance. I was driving down the interstate, but one look at that photo and my heart nearly stopped.
My mom isn't exactly tech savvy, nor does she have her phone on her at all times...or even powered on. I frantically began calling her with no response. With each passing mile I was driving further from my son who's condition I didn't know. I wasn't sure what to do and I felt so awful and scared.
After a couple hours of calling every 10 minute to only get her now full VM, I got through to her. He'd had a bad asthma attack and had been admitted with very low blood oxygen levels. He'd end up being there for a couple days, but my turning around wouldn't change anything. With a heavy heart and my son on my mind, I continued South.
We arrived in Fort Stevens State Park on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. We checked out some of the batteries and guns. I may have led @CB on a long mystery hike with no destination by accident.
We then took the Jeep onto the beach which @CB captured in FAR better detail so check that out here.
It was then off to Buoy Brewing for drinks, bullshitting and food. I noted this memorial to Salvage Chiefs. Kinda ironic since the brewery itself would slip into the sea a few days later.
After drinks, I headed back to my campsite, the only night I paid to camp. It was pouring rain and while @AestheticsInMotion offered his fancy hotel room couch, I was committed to camping this whole trip. I tied my big tarp to a tree and a sad bush and then slammed the other end in my rear doors to try to shield my tent from water.... it didn't work and my tent, groundsheet and tarp spent the next day laid out in the Jeep with the heat on full blast.
The next morning, we had breakfast in Cannon Beach, met up with @evilellie666 and headed down the coast, stopping at Hug Point on the way to Tillamook. Saw some cool things:
In Tillamook, we hit the air museum, situated in a WWII blimp hanger.
We then moved onto cheese, stocked up on supplies and headed to camp.
After a very short sleep, most people went their separate ways. A small group of us went off-roading with mixed results... As some on the trip put it, it was "type 2 fun" stressful in the moment, but nobody got hurt so you can look back on it fondly.
After that, everyone broke off and @AMGtech and I headed towards the Cascades and Central OR. But that's the next post.
davesaddiction last edited by davesaddiction
No context, just a picture and a short message that my son had been taken to hospital by ambulance.
HOLY SHIT!! Glad he's okay...
a coffee shop, but in a shed
There are increasingly common in my area, too.
I was committed to camping this whole trip
Good on you.
Wish I lived close enough to join you all for one of these one day...
davesaddiction last edited by
LOL - no. How do they get away with that without being branded ridiculously sexist? (we do have Hooters, and Twin Peaks, and hot lady haircut places...).
ST80MND last edited by
@CarsOfFortLangley Sorry to hear about KOFL, hope everything works out and he is ok. He is, after all, Oppo's future. Did you get any Pig n' Pancake?
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by
off-roading with mixed results...
Did someone say Oppo?
topless or lingerie ones?
The drive through coffee shack is a fairly new phenomenon in my area so there hasn't been enough time for anything like that to sprout up. Not entirely sure I'm on board with their existence either.
So sorry about your son though. That must have sapped the enjoyment out quite a bit.
@ST80MND We did go to Pig N Pancake! That went....pretty smoothly with only the normal amount of confusion and lateness for an Oppo meet lol
facw last edited by
he couldn't pee in their shack.
I'm honestly surprised that they aren't legally required to provide a restroom. Maybe they get out of it by not having a dining room?
Do you have topless or lingerie ones?
I was wondering if this shack was that sort? My impression was that that trend had sort of died, but I'll admit I'm not especially up to date on PNW debauchery.
@facw I think you hit the nail on the head re: any indoor (or outdoor) seating. I think sexy coffee is on the decline, but there's still some along I5
Highlander last edited by
@CarsOfFortLangley I went to a bikini coffee drive through in Olympia a few years ago. Those ladies get huge tips. She wasn't wearing much, like there was zero left to the imagination.
zipfuel last edited by
Early in this 4-5 hour drive, I received a text from my mom who'd been watching KOFL that day. No context, just a picture and a short message that my son had been taken to hospital by ambulance
Sends you that picture then ignores/turns her phone off?! Jesus.Fucking.Christ.On.A.Boomer.Buggy!
Send her a "dad's having a heart attack, LOL" next time you go offroading with carsofwalnutgrove
AestheticsInMotion last edited by
Huh, and here I thought coffee stands were universal across America.
Noodles last edited by
@CarsOfFortLangley Chuck A. Nutt that's a great porn name. Glad kofl is ok. Happy father's day. Lily says hi
@Noodles wow! Lily has a lot of hair! Crazy how fast time moves hey?
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@CarsOfFortLangley another month or so and she'll be opening doors. Time flies for sure.
CB last edited by
@CarsOfFortLangley Stupid coffee shacks.
Also stupid birds.
Thanks for being my road trip buddy on the first day! It was nice being with someone who had some idea where we were going (except on the hike).
AMGtech last edited by
@CarsOfFortLangley can't wait to see your photos from the rest of the trip. I was shocked at how gorgeous cove Palisades was
@facw -- I've seen drive-thru espresso huts elsewhere but I've never encountered the bikini kind outside the Seattle area, myself. A look around the Internet suggests that it is indeed in the Portland area as well.
There's one called Ladybug (which is actually a chain -- apparently this is enough of a phenomenon to have those) down the street from a friend's house in the Seattle 'burbs.
At the opposite corner was a more conventionally clad competitor with "Family" rather pointedly in its name. It went under slightly pre-pandemic, but looks as though it has re-opened as Java the Hut. I suppose they could work the bikini angle via Princess Leia (at slightly heightened risk of IP entanglements with Disney) but there is no obvious evidence from driving by on the street that they are doing so.
I went to the bikini one a few years ago. It seemed fairly demure. I left a nice tip in case going to work at 5 in the morning to get leered at while running an espresso machine in not much clothing wasn't that good a living. As with the "Family" place, the coffee was competent if not exactly life changing.
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@CarsOfFortLangley hopefully KOFL is all good?
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Thank you for being the one who finally posted a direct pic of the Mini-Guppy! I keep seeing it on the periphery of everyone else's pics.
@pip-bip he's as good as someone with chronic asthma can be lol. He'll be ok, he's doing so much better now that we have the medication for him.