good bye sun, a photo by Southworth Sailor on Flickr.
The Puget Sound fog was getting too much of us, so we decided to take a day trip and find some unfiltered rays. Weather reports suggested the ocean beaches or mountain slopes. We opted for the beach and headed for the Long Beach Peninsula via a loop along the Columbia between Longview and Illwaco. We took the opportunity to take the road less traveled from Chehalis to Longview, passing through Napavine, Winlock, Vader and Castle Rock. The sun broke through when we got to Longview. The drive along the north shore of the Columbia was great. We soaked in the sun and a drive we have never taken. Speaking of the drive never taken, neither one of us could recall being to the Long Beach Peninsula, bypassing it each year for the more inviting Oregon coast. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. We expected the has been atmosphere of Ocean Shores and Westport Beaches. Instead, the peninsula had an updated feel, and Cape Disappointment, the Discovery Trail, Oysterville and Leadbetter Point offered additional recreation to the beach. World Mark's resort no doubt has encouraged some new businesses. We ended the day at the trendy Bar and Grill 'Pickled Fish' We enjoyed the food, atmosphere and the demise of the Patriots before driving home to the Puget Sound fog.