Journey goes on a Journey


The life of a dog named Journey…

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We recently took a long road trip up through the WA and OR coasts.  Our dog, Journey went along for the ride.  Along the way she had lots of firsts.  She rode her first elevator – and wasn’t so sure about it when her feet went out from under her.


She ran on the beach and collected sticks.  She loved the feel of the sand beneath her toes… but wasn’t crazy when the waves chased her back and got her feet wet.

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She saw waterfalls and rainforests for the first time.

She did wineries and lighthouses, hikes and trails.

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She met friends everywhere she went… and introduced us to them.

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North Oregon Coast


We’ve been up and down both East and West coasts.  I’d be hard pressed to say which is more beautiful… so I won’t, because I can’t.  They are both stunning.  I love the rock formations jutting out from the ocean, trees overhanging the black sand, and sunsets on the beach.  It’s all pretty awesome.

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Along the way there are quaint charming little towns, and different rock formations with individual names.  There’s Haystack rock in Cannon Beach and Rockaway Beach, and a dozen others up and down the coast filled with State Parks and walking trails to fully enjoy it’s beauty.


Oregon does a great job sharing their beaches with the community and it’s visitors through lots of maps, brochures, hiking / biking trails, camping, and wildlife viewing areas.  They invite visitors to share in it’s grandeur.



Crystal Cove State Park: Laguna Beach, CA


We just got back from our trip to CA.  Someone recommended we do Crystal Cove… so we checked it out.  But the really hot tip, was to do The Beachcombers Cafe.  Not that the Beachcombers Cafe was that great … or that bad… but the beach was very photogenic with lots of mussel infested rocks for great foreground..  As an added benefit the parking was free with a validated ticket at The Beachcomber (pre-empting the $15 charge to park and walk the beach).




We chased seagulls and danced with the waves as we got our shoes wet and walked up one way, then back the other.  It was relaxing, and great fun.



Crystal Cove has a unique history in that it was owned by the Irvine family back in 1876.  In the 1930’s Hollywood came in and built 46 cottages for a movie set.  After the movie production, the cottages were abandoned and squatters came in and occupied them until their eviction in the 1970’s.  Today as a State Park there are 17 restored cottages which can be rented.  What a hoot that would be!

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