Tom’s Birthday Coast Trip

We headed to Westport to celebrate his birthday. (Warning, there are lots of photos in the post.)  I got things packed up but decided to let him choose his own food for dinners for the trip. So we made a detour to Mercer Island,

and stopped at Metropolitan Market there.  There was a flashy Corvette in the parking lot.

We listened to Bowl Games and Jim Ladd’s Deep Tracks on the way south.  We went by Satsop

and Aberdeen.

Then headed to the coast.

Here was the view from the cottage we stayed at in Westport.  There were a lot of surfers when we arrived.

It was a small cottage.

It had some interesting decorations.

There was a jacuzzi tub with a Three Stooges poster next to it.

At cocktail hour I made us Old Fashioneds with the Woodinville Rye Whiskey that Tom received as a Christmas present from my cousin.  It was tasty.

For orientation, this is where we stayed.

We watched some of the Rose Bowl.  We had purchased pork tenderloin with garlic black pepper sauce for dinner.  But unfortunately realized that this cottage only had two burners and a microwave oven.  We then scouted around the property

and found a BBQ outside we could use.

As Tom was finishing cooking the meat, I had brought the dogs back to the cottage and was finishing steaming the asparagus with Monday Night Football on.  And this happened.

I watched the event as it happened.  Thankfully Tom was still outside and missed it.  Here is when I believe the coaches refused to continue the game.

And the fans left.  It was all very horrifying and put a pall over our evening.

The next morning the waves were wild, coming over the breakwater.  It partially flooded our road out.


The weird fake (and squeaky) wall “fireplace” came in handy drying Tom’s shoe.

And a Lemay garbage truck blocked our view.

We checked out and headed to Half Moon Bay to walk around.

There was this huge piece of Madrone wood that Tom wishes he could have taken home.

This is looking back north towards Westport.

And this is around the point looking south.

We headed back into town and had lunch at the King Tide restaurant which was really good.  Then we headed out of town, past the Maritime museum which was closed,

and the harbor

to the Grays Harbor Lighthouse.  It is Washington’s tallest.  But it was closed as well.

Then we headed to the beach just west of there for some more walking.

Then we were able to check into our new abode for the next two days.  It is farther down the coast roughly halfway to Grayland.

We had a nice hot tub, then dinner, binged Emily in Paris and slept quite well after all of that walking.

For Tom’s actual birthday on Wednesday we hot tubbed again with our morning coffee and then had a nice breakfast.  We then walked to the beach.  The dogs absolutely love the beach.

It started getting more windy, blowing the sand and the waves.

The weather turned nasty in the afternoon with rain and wind.  So we relaxed in the rental.  I knitted,

Tom read, and the dogs napped.

We had a nice steak birthday dinner accompanied by wine that Mo gave us for Christmas.  Coconut cream pie complete with birthday candles was for dessert.

This morning we hot tubbed one more time.  I noticed this amazing spider web then.

And we packed up and headed home.  It was a nice trip, and we are happy to be home again.  Tom had a lovely birthday.



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6 Responses to Tom’s Birthday Coast Trip

  1. Michelle says:

    Looks like a lovely trip! A belated happy birthday to Tom!

  2. Washe Koda says:

    Thanks for sharing Donna 🙂 As a kid I was salmon fishing a ½ doz. times in Westport and liked the Greys Harbor, Aberdeen / Hoquiam area :Willy

  3. Jeanne says:

    I think you had a wonderful time! The views were really beautiful, weren’t they?!!
    Tell Tom Happy Birthday a little late. I’m glad you got to go to the coast. The first cottage you stayed in was rather nice, except for the two burner stove!
    It seems like no matter where a person goes, it’s always nice to get home.
    It’s been a long time since we went to the Washington coast. We used to go there when we lived in the Yakima Valley. Now we go to the Oregon coast, whhich is only a two hour drive for us.

    • Donna says:

      The views were beautiful. I told him happy birthday from you. The first cottage was unique. A little small with two dogs though.
      I hadn’t realized that you lived in the Yakima Valley. I have had friends and family that have lived there. Where did you live? You are now spoiled with the Oregon coast though.
      It is nice being home.

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