Lions and ears and capes, Oh My!
02.09.2007 - 02.09.2007 -17 °C
We came to Florence from Eugene after waking from camping to find that my ear hurt from laying on it -- and then the pain spread down the side of my face and my glands swelled up and I thought it was sudden, massively intense ear infection and I was going to be on my deathbed for the rest of the trip. I started crying and Charlie felt my glands and checked to see if I had a fever, and I didn’t. Then a minute later, I couldn’t hear anything out of my ear. It was extremely awful. Then I took a shower in the hostel in the Carousel of Progress hippie house. The shower had never been used and there was no soap because hippies don’t wash. We got free food at the main hostel and drank coffee amongst cobwebby abandoned hippie mobiles and I was miserable. My ear kept popping in and out with much pain.
We drove to the Oregon Dunes Day Use in the Siuslaw National Forest. First we ate our leftover Poppi’s lunch from Eugene with so much great coconut milk and spices, and then ran down the sand dunes.
I kept saying to Charlie, “what if we burn our feet?” He said, “we won’t.” I said, “how do you know how do you know how do you know how do you know how do you know how do you know how do you know?” and he was almost going to kill me for real.
We made it down to the ocean! My first time at this specific ocean, The Pacific! I got a shell and it was rather cold and vast.
Next, we drove to Cape Perpetua Scenic area of Siuslaw Forest. There we hung out at Devil’s Churn near the Spouting Horn and the sun-sparkled waters.
Then we made our way to the “best view of the Oregon coast” which was actually correct.
When we were leaving, a kid started crying and screaming because her brother hit her and when we passed them Charlie said, “I hit her pretty hard.” And we heard the man in front of us say, “guess it sounds like Mom’s got her hands full.” I wonder if he really thought Charlie had hit the girl.
We found our way to Newport which turned out to be some sort of Wisconsin Dells town but it had sea lions! They looked like seabears. I loved them so much.
Then we found a brew pub but it just had Rogue beers and they weren’t good but they were alcoholicky so it fooled us into being satisfied. We got coffee at a place discussing Shots in the Dark and Red Eyes and it wasn’t very good coffee either. We decided to drive to another brewery and try to find lodgings for the night, whatever they might be. The weather started to get rather dismal but we made our way through the fog to the disappointing Pacific City to a brewery which had 5 small samples of their beers for $6 and then we drove in the mist to find nothing but a cheap bottle of wine and chips and drove to Tillamook where were forced to get a motel room at the Apple Inn. The place was mismatched and hilarious. Charlie loved watching TV and commenting on how old movies were so much more artistic and well-conceived than the movies of today. I think the movie we were watching was by Ingmar Bergman, a genius. Oh well.