We headed to the Olympic Peninsula for my birthday trip. We took our truck and three dogs. We started with the ferry to Port Townsend, complete with homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
We then headed to the Elwha River because I wanted to see the changes after the dams were removed. Here is the site of the upper dam.
And this is what the undammed river looks like with all its debris.
We stopped at this post office on the way to the coast,
and ended up at the Quileute Oceanside Resort.
We continued the vintage food theme with hamburger gravy for dinner,
and apple pie for dessert.
And the we enjoyed a nice sunset behind James Island.
In the morning we had corn fritters and bacon for breakfast.
and then checked out the beach.
I had a BLT sandwich for lunch.
It started raining hard so we enjoyed staying in the cabin with knitting, reading and a jig saw puzzle.
For dinner we had enchiladas with Special K cookies for dessert.
On my birthday morning I had Captain Crunch cereal for breakfast and we headed out to Neah Bay.
We then hiked in the rain and mud to Shi Shi beach.
We returned to our cabin, dried off and had an amazing birthday dinner with mesquite barbecued tenderloin steaks, baked potatoes with all the fixings, green beans and my grandmother’s onion cheesies.
Then I got to open some cards and presents and enjoy my birthday cake.
The next morning we had my grandfather’s train malted french toast for breakfast,
after Tom had taken the dogs on a walk.
It was a rainy morning so Tom made French Onion soup while I knit and read (and recovered from our hike).
The weather then cleared some and we took a walk on the beach tot he Quileute River and marina.
I had finished one sleeve on my sweater
and we had tacos for dinner.
We then played a game of Sorry!, watched a coast guard boat in the water and shared a banana split for dessert.
After a dog walk on the beach,
we headed south going to Ruby Beach,
and then had lunch at South Beach.
We headed through Ocean Shores
and arrived at our cabin at Iron Springs Resort.
We had a nice sunset,
and a barbecued fish dinner.
In the morning we had breakfast with banana pancakes
and we relaxed and had grilled cheese and reuben sandwiches for lunch.
We then walked on Copalis beach with the dogs.
We had Jiffy Pop popcorn for a snack,
and Tom prepared a BBQ rib dinner.
The next morning I woke up before Tom so did a quick jig saw puzzle,
before we had buckwheat pancakes for breakfast.
I got some more knitting done
before lunch with Spaghettios.
We then headed to Hoquiam, Aberdeen and Ocean Shores to see some sites in Kurt Cobain’s life.
We went to the Young Street Bridge tributes to him.
We went to the nearby “Felony Flats” home.
and the store where he bought his first guitar.
The house where he slept on the porch in a refrigerator box.
We visited the much maligned statue of him, the recent mural and the modified Aberdeen welcome sign.
We then headed back to Ocean Shores
and saw the Polynesian Resort where he worked as a janitor.
We headed back to our cabin and had taters tots for a snack.
He and been really hungry so ate too many tots spoiling our appetite for a dinner of tamale pie,
and brownies for dessert.
The last day of our trip we headed home but stopped by Montesano to see homes where Kurt had lived with father
and his grandfather.
We then headed to Olympia where we saw the house where he wrote most of his songs,
and then went to King Solomon’s Reef where I had Mac and Cheese (apparently his favorite) and Tom had chicken fried steak.
We then headed home in the rain and brought lots of leftovers to our critters.