Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Cape Disappointment is about 3 ½ hours from Seattle, but we picked it because we had no other choice. Every single campground on the coast was booked up. Turns out we’re not the only ones who like camping at the beach in the wintery months of spring. However, it did not Disappoint (budumpbump…)
Cape D State Park is pretty huge (1,882 acres), with about a million camp spots (actually: 137 standard campsites, 60 full hookup, 18 with water and electricity only, 5 primitive, 14 yurts, and 3 cabins), plus two lighthouses, and two beaches. The bathrooms are immaculate, they have pay showers, AND a pizza shop where you can order pizza to your campsite. I know, we’re totally into roughing it. But seriously, if you go, get the pizza --gourmet and delicious! We got the Earth Pie: garlic olive oil, gorgonzola, fresh basil, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar. Mmmmm..
In spite of the number of campsites, and the pizza booth, and the heater in our tent trailer, it still felt like we were camping. Maybe because most of the campsites were fairly empty and spread out. Or because we had multiple deer sightings. Or because the raccoons stole our marshmallows.
In addition to watching Jasper run around on the beach for two glorious days, we hiked up to the North Head lighthouse (about 4 miles roundtrip from our campsite—a moderate hike through mud, over footbridges, and up hills), and walked to the Cape D lighthouse from the parking lot (about 1 mile round trip – mostly paved but slightly steep near the top). I found North Head to be the more impressive of the two, but from Cape D you see a totally different view.
And did I mention that Cape D is only about 20 minutes from Astoria? Translation: 20 minutes from Rogue Brew Pub. While their food wasn’t particularly good, their beer is fantastic. I tried 2 IPAs, an ale, and a red, Andrea had 2 porters and 2 stouts, and Justin had an assortment of IPAs. Next time we’ll stop there for an appetizer and some beers, then check out another brew pub in Astoria for our meal.
All around a perfect weekend.