|If you're ever in South Bend, be sure to look for |
this cafe for beautiful views and excellent coffee!
In addition to an excellent mocha latte, the cafe had an amazing view of the Willapa Bay Estuary. Twenty-four miles long, the estuary is home to over 70 species of migratory birds, several varieties of salmon--Chum, Coho, and Chinook--and shellfish. While visiting with some local folks I learned that one out of every six oysters eaten in the U.S. is produced in the bay's tidelands. It was amazingly beautiful and the roads along the estuary were relatively flat, well-maintained, and with minimal traffic. A beautiful sunny, Sunday morning for a bike ride!
|Sign welcoming us to the oyster capital of the world!|
|Park benches with a view of the estuary looking westward.|
After passing through some farmlands, we finally caught sight of the Pacific Ocean. Our night's lodging, the Adrift Hotel, is located right on the beach. Attached to the hotel was an excellent restaurant where I had a late lunch of fresh oysters. Not my usual, but I like to eat locally and these were delicious! A few hours later we were treated to another outstanding dinner with our guide/chef, Patty. Baked salmon with pesto and goat cheese, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, followed by fresh baked brownies for dessert. That all of this is prepared out of the back of a travel trailer with 2 burners make it all the more amazing!
|Cattle grazing about 5 miles outside of South Bend|
|My first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean.|
|A quick mid-morning energy break.|
|Marsh lands along Highway 101|
|Baked salmon with pesto and goat cheese, mashed potatoes, |
and broccoli salad prepared by Patty, our chef and tour guide.