On this day we cooked a Delicious Sugar free dish…(Sugar Free Angel Food sliced up and dipped in an egg wash and fried – like French toast – we put a bunch of fresh sliced up strawberries..OMG was this good! Momma also brought the Duncan Doughnuts Ginger Bread Coffee ~WOW! Like a cookie)..We got ready and explored the campsite. There is a beautiful vibrant Green moss covered bridge over the Sol Duc river. This view was just breathtaking!!
Our next stop was LaPush…we turned up the New moon soundtrack while driving towards LaPush beach and it was a lot closer than we thought…out of nowhere “Jacob Blacks House Pops up” with his motorcycle out front…we continue to drive and Boom..the LaPush Welcome sign (photo op)…we drove a little more and to the right the (Treaty Line…no Vampires allowed) a few miles more we arrived at LaPush beach where decided to have a picnic on the beach (Delicious sandwiches my momma made that morning, smoked gouda cheese, crackers and grapes with a DTB – Diet Coke)
We watched New Moon this night.
We had no idea that we were such Nature Buffs..we knew we were big shoppers! I asked momma if she thought it might be ok to put off shopping to go see waterfalls..she was all for it..so we decided to see the Marymere Falls near Lake Crescent..we got in the car and headed towards the falls..when I realized we were right next to a Sheep Farm and I wanted to see what it looked like…so we went down a really pretty green tree road and came upon a house and in the back we saw 3 sheep…didn’t seem like a big farm (their web site said 100’s of sheep) I said do you want me to know on the door & momma says no way! I drove down the road to make a U-turn and this area reminded me of a place in Georgia called “TigerRidge”…you can Google that one! As we pass the house again we saw a fella that could pass for what “we envision” a serial killer would look like..momma “says floor it Ashley” (I would have knocked on the door -he has my email address – he just never responded) I bet I look like that too first thing in the morning..HAHAHA...so we talked about how this place would really be the perfect place for Serial Killers to hide in. Very secluded. We drive and to the left are some Alpaca…they too were friendly and smiled at the Camera..such nice wild animals!!
The next morning momma cooked all the eggs, grits (for you northern peeps – Grits are Awesome and you are missing out)..and bacon…and we ate it all!!! We drove over to the office and left the Cabin owners (Michelle) a note saying goodbye…we said goodbye to the mossy bridge, we said goodbye to the chickens and horses..as we got in the car to go I was teary..we didn’t want to leave…momma said we can cancel the rest of the trip and stay here..it was hard..but we decided to go on. (WE ARE COMING BACK!) This was the most beautiful, most peaceful and most friendly place I think we have ever been!! As we drove around Lake Crescent we said our goodbyes to it tranquility and its dazzling sparkle. We arrive to the ferry and watched part of the Breaking Dawn Part 2 on my phone (to redeem myself lol) We headed to Seattle to do some sightseeing.
We got up really early for the Amtrak…we asked for a cab and the bellman got us a town car b/c a taxi wouldn’t hold our luggage (Oh My) the driver was really cool! When we got downtown he started to do his own little tour and we got nervous we needed to be at the Amtrak really soon…we arrived there and I found a couple of Harry Potter luggage carts to help us out…momma didn’t know there was a weight limit on our luggage and we looked at each other & said We are in trouble! Each piece of luggage we knew had to be 20-30 lbs over the limit and the lady would say (take out 3 lbs..take out 1 lb) I don’t think she had her glasses on or something…so we had an extra carry on which made us over the limit but no one said anything…we were a little lost at the train station but we eventually found our stateroom….we had a room where the chairs fold into a bed and a bunk bed folds down. We got all our luggage stowed and realize it would be a couple of hours till lunch so thank goodness I packed, cheese, crackers, hummus and sugar free angel food cake – we found this so funny “would you like some delicious cheese” and momma found some ice and apple juice in the upstairs area…the train was moving along and we went to the dining cart for lunch at the “Coast Starlight” (we both had a cheeseburger, chips, a crisp dill pickle and a refreshing Diet Pepsi). We explored the carts a little bit..our cart had a guy with the entire Kilt outfit…we hung out in our room and watched the moving “Holiday”…the train made a couple of stops in Oregon and we got out at one of the stops that the Waterfall baseball scene was filmed for twilight and the bridge Charlie and Bella drove over) that was pretty cool! We put in for our dinner reservation. The tables were set with white table cloths and little flower buds in tiny vases… it looked like an old time movie set. A lot of people on the train enjoyed the relaxing ride rather than the rush of the airport. It was time for our dinner and we sat across from the man in the Kilt. He was one of the guys that knows everything and has been there and done it and his was the best ever…yeah one of those guys…we had rolls with butter, steak, potato and a light salad with refreshing Diet Pepsi. The view was spectacular!! We were riding trough the snowy top mountains, cloud banks, waterfalls and a heard of Elk with huge racks..AMAZING!!! Best part of the Train ride. We went back to our cart and finished the movie. We got ready for bed since we had to get up at 4:45 AM…our room was really hot so we kept our door open. We had one more stop so we got out and enjoyed the fresh cool air. We went back to bed..I had trouble sleeping so it was a little rough for me. Momma slept good.
We woke up early and hot ready and packed to find out the train was running late..awe man we could have slept in 30 mins…oh well…we arrived at Sacramento and had to walk 500 miles to our luggage…I found a couple of HP luggage carts to help us out..after we piled on of mountain of luggage we found a daring taxi driver that helped us get to the rental car place…this is where I get used! So momma waits with the taxi driver while I go get the rental car (I maybe had 2 hours of sleep and I am not awake) I know I got a rental car rate of $14 per day..the sales girls said she can upgrade me to a larger vehicle for $8 more..so I said yeah! I signed the receipt but I was so tired I didn’t read it right away…We headed downtown and found a shipping place…bought a box and shipped some luggage back home. We then parked I started to think..I checked my account and she took out $700 for a 3 day trip that was supposed to cost $14 per day..you do the math! I called the rental car and they were charging me $80 per day…-that is a freaking car payment!! We decided to go back and trade the car but first we had to eat. We ate breakfast at the Fox and Hound..cute little find..we went back to the car rental place and traded the larger car in for a smaller car..and the girl you did it to me gave me an attitude!!! Seriously I will NEVER rent from BUDGET rental cal again!!! I got used but I stuck it back to the man!! “Bazinga”..we drove back downtown and saw the Capital building, went to a bead store and knitting store. This area looked really clean, sunny and pretty. We drove to nearby neighborhood and found a scrapbook store..but they didn’t have too much California scrapbook supplies. We then headed to Fairfield & Sacramento, CA…Momma showed me where we used to live..where she used to shop, where she got my first pair of walking shoes…we went by the California State prison to see where Charles Manson resides… We then drove to the Jelly Belly Factory and we forgot it was Easter weekend…so Everyone and their grandmothers grandmother was there (I’ll bet you didn’t think you would ever see “baby shoes, Prison, Charles Manson and Jelly Belly” in a sentence – well check that off your bucket list you have seen it…lol). So we are back on the road and headed to Napa Valley. We see cows standing what looks like at an angle on the hills..silly…we get to a shopping area and head to a Trader Joes..you guessed it more food. We found some delicious sushi, lemon curd, sour dough bread, and lots and lots of Rude Snotty people. I have never met such mean and rude people in one place in my life! I literally had a lady ride her buggy on my heels and I pulled over any bowed to her...”please go around me princess” I even uttered those words “well I never”… after we selected our treats and momma got another bag…we headed to the Napa Railway Inn..what a cute place!!! It’s old box cars turned into hotel rooms and are much larger than one would expect!! Momma & I walked down the block to see what looked good for supper…we needed to get some Diet Coke so we hopped in the car and found a familiar store “Wal-mart” the people were nice in the Wal-mart but the people everywhere else in Napa were really snooty! We drove around looking for a place to eat and at this point I could have eaten the car floor mats I was so hungry…we stopped at this place Oventi Restaurant & Bakery..OH MY GOSH..DELICIOUS!!! We each got a pasta dish and a delicious salad and we tried our best not to eat so fast and to enjoy each bite because it was so amazing!!!! We did not have room for dessert unfortunately… We headed back to the Hotel and decided to repack so we could leave most of our luggage and only use a smaller suitcase…after that we decided to finish our jar project (we layered the different things from nature we collected..sand..rocks..bark..flowers..moss) it came out really neat. We then watched spooky ghost hunters on TV. that kind of freaked me out about of box car.
We woke up in the morning and walked to the end of the Railway to the Yountville Coffee Caboose..where we got Ham and Cheese crepes with a tangy mustard sauce and Cappuccinos that had heart shaped froth on top…awe…The crepes were delicious!! We packed the car up and headed to the Beringer Winery. We passed a bunch of winery it was like a wine hoppers dream. We arrived at Beringer for a Wine Tour…Oh my how Lovely and pretty was this place. They brought us in a mountain where they store the wine and we tasted a red wine straight from a barrel…it was strong but very tasty.
We woke up and headed to downtown San Francisco. We got an awesome parking space and headed straight to the street car. We thought we knew where we were going but we didn’t hear our stop so we rode the street car all the way to the end and had to walk back a few blocks and catch another one. We got off at the right stop and passed a lot of high dollar shopping spots and arrived in China Town. We went to the Far East Café for Dim Sum (we got Shrimp dumplings, egg rolls and hot green tea – now I am not a tea drinker and I drank 2 cups of it one without sugar and one with and I have to say I think it tasted what I would imagine laundry water to taste like so I would say green tea is not for me. We went in a bead store and the lady asked if we were from England..with our southern belle accents..I can see why it sounds similar (I always wanted to sound like Harry Potter)..I spent too much in this store but how often am in China Town in SF…we went to a couple of more shops..momma bought a Mahjong set.