We needed to run a few Canadian errands before crossing. By the time we got to the border, it was 5pm on a Friday and the weekend rush was on. 44 minutes later, we made it through the line and marked our 18,000km in the dark. We headed towards Bellingham for the night. We found a laundromat with free wi-fi so we got to accomplish two tasks at once.
Saturday we went to Seattle. This is a very pretty city full of Starbucks and other espresso bars. We found two grey sandy beaches to explore. Though we did not find much seaglass, I did score a decent black piece, though not at the beach known for black glass – go figure.
I mentioned the other day that we were a bit behind schedule. We had decide to forgo the Olympic Peninsula. Off we went to Aberdeen for the night. Little did we know that the Walmart parking lot was right beside the train tracks. Yes we got woken up at 2am with what seemed like an endless train moving at 0mph through the town.
Sunday we continued our coastal exploration, heading south towards Oregon. Then a little birdie told us to go North to find a glass beach. That is just a 3 hour drive back to the Olympic Peninsula. Hmmm we should have turned right at Olympia yesterday instead of left. The good news is that we have headed out of the rain that has been plaguing us and would continue for 5 days in Oregon. We arrived in Port Stanley at high tide so we waited until morning to explore this beach.
We took a 5 hour venture at the crack of dawn. Being first on the beach IS important you know. We came back with a good collection of seaglass. I was impressed by the large quantity of milk glass to be found on this beach
After a rest, a dry off, a change of clothes, and a snack, we put on our crock pot supper and resumed our journey South.
It seems that in Washington State they have laws against slow vehicles holding up traffic. When there are turnouts for slow vehicles on a 2 lane highway, it is mandatory to use it if 3 vehicles or more are following.
We found our way back towards Long Beach and found a place to pull over for the night. Tuesday, we had no luck finding seaglass, but we did find a free museum and oddities at 409 Pacific Ave South in Long Beach. We saw several vintage gaming machines from love meters to weigh scales, pacinko, reginas, and that impossible weeping arm game in which you prize should get pushed up a ramp.
That worthwhile side trip was culminated by a visit to a scrapuccino shop. Scrapbooking and coffee in perfect harmony. Then we said goodbye to Washington and set our eyes on Oregon.