The Lady Trip

Saturday, March 15, 2014

For many reasons that I won’t go into, a short get-away for my daughter and I seemed to be in order.  If you follow along with my travels and travails, this will not be much of a surprise.  She and I talked about this towards the end of our Big Trip, and decided that this weekend was a perfect time to make this happen.  I had long ago promised a trip to “the worlds largest bead shop,” aka “Shipwrecked Beads,” in Lacy, Washington, but……we decided that wouldn’t be quite as fun as a trip to the coast.  More precisely, Astoria, Oregon.   So plans were discussed and reservations made, and off we went for a couple of days of rest and relaxation…….lady style.

Dad asked me if I had made a “schedule.”  I told him, “Yes.  I am picking Kailin up at 9:00.”  He gave me a rather puzzled look, and so I added, “We may stop at DSW Shoes on the way out of town.”  There was a certain amount of explaining to both of the boys regarding the difference between women traveling and a (male) road trip.  Girls make MANY stops.  Wherever and whenever the mood strikes.  We need coffee breaks and “rest breaks” and we do those often.  And no, we probably weren’t going to go to a museum, or swim in the hotel pool.  Neither would we run out of things to do, get bored, or have trouble finding something to watch on TV.   We are resourceful.

And with that, I bid the boys adieu early Thursday morning, picked up Kailin, and the two of us met son Justin for coffee.   Really GOOD coffee, at Crema, in Portland.  Stumptown Coffee, to be more specific.  Being well caffeinated, (or half caffeinated for some of us) we said goodbye to dear Justin, and drove off in search of shoes…….DSW Shoes.  We find it a very relaxing and joyous place to be, and spent some time there, seeing the sights, and trying them on.  Really, who doesn’t like a good shoe store?

Kailin getting ready to enter shoe nirvana.

Kailin getting ready to enter shoe nirvana.

The trip was a wonderful break from the usual grind of life.  No gardens to weed, laundry to do, or things to clean or put away.  We shopped, laughed, discussed life, watched copious amounts of HGTV, oohed and awed as the ships went by and the birds soared over the Columbia River, and ate GREAT food.  Maybe too much good food, but who’s keeping track of that sort of thing on this day?  Not me and not Kailin.  Here are some of the highlights:

Complimentary breakfast....who can pass that up?

Complimentary breakfast….who can pass that up?

A big ship going under the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

A big ship going under the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

We visited a bead store.

We visited a bead store.

We rode the trolly.

We rode the trolly.

We had coffee.......

We had coffee…….

Sturgeon mosaic at the Garden of Surging Waves.

Sturgeon mosaic at the Garden of Surging Waves.

"Garden of Surging Waves," Astoria's  Chinese Heritage Park.

“Garden of Surging Waves,” Astoria’s Chinese Heritage Park.

Spedini at Fulio's in Astoria. ("baked skewers of fresh mozzarella and bread with sauteed garlic, capers, and tomatoes")

Spedini at Fulio’s in Astoria.
(“baked skewers of fresh mozzarella and bread with sauteed garlic, capers, and tomatoes”)

We crossed the river and went to "Marsh's Free Museum."

We crossed the river and went to “Marsh’s Free Museum.”

We visited the locals.....aka "Jake -- half alligator-half man."

We visited the locals…..aka “Jake — half alligator-half man.”

More hobnobbing with the locals.

More hobnobbing with the locals.

Who can resist the world's largest frying pan?

Who can resist the world’s largest frying pan?

Cottage Bakery in Long Beach.  One of FOUR cases of baked goods.  We do love our pastries.

Cottage Bakery in Long Beach. One of FOUR cases of baked goods. We do love our pastries.

It was windy.....really windy.

It was windy…..really windy.

Smoked salmon.......it was good.

Smoked salmon…….it was good.

Ahhhhh.......the  ocean.

Ahhhhh…….the ocean.

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4 Responses to The Lady Trip

  1. Becky Reding says:

    I loved reading about your trip together! So glad you had a wonderful time together in Astoria:)

  2. Herb and Janette says:

    Sounds wonderful! Some of the food looks amazing! We loved Astoria. Just remember if you want ocean views we HAVE THEM here on Kangaroo Island! 🙂

    • msdaisie says:

      Thanks Herb and Janette! Astoria is wonderful and even better than you remember……it has truly revitalized itself while still maintaining its working town ethics. It’s just lovely and we had a great time exploring! Can’t wait to see you in a couple of months!

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