Bond Ranch Retreat
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We are on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca...the mountains are west of here, then the coast. Moisture from the ocean gets hijacked by the mountains producing 120 inches of rain per year on the west side but only 17 inches here on the east side, all in about 50 miles as the crow (or bald eagle) flies. ...
... distance upstream and still on the Oregon bank. It is here that one crosses the Columbia into Washington State on what is considered to be the longest truss bridge in the world. Astoria also houses a maritime museum which we had read about in one of the many glossy tourism leaflets that can be picked up in motels and the like. This museum was rated as one of the best in the NW states so we put it on our list.
The $10 per person entrance fee to the Maritime ...
... but it was awesome.
Then next day we left for Victoria, which is the capital of British Columbia. It was founded by James Douglas because he found gold in the area and it became a centre of trade. Since it’s still the capital of the state, it’s also at the heart of the state’s politics.
On our way to Victoria we first were dropped off at another rain forest and walked along Long Beach (accompanied by two local young dogs the entire way), later ...
... said it was a beautiful walk and he was not wrong it was a very lovely walk. There were loads of people walking their dogs and jogging and a bit further on there was an amazing chair sculpture made of driftwood and random bits of material. I thought it was really impressive and spent lots of time taking pictures of it and sitting in it. At the end of the path there was a town called Esquimont which was a very quaint little town that had a harbour FULL of 3 storey ...
... in the afternoon, we stopped at another lovely spot, the home of the lavender mocha, a wonderful blend of Mexican chocolate and lavender... which is abundant in these parts, the lavender that is. (It's at this point that we realized we're most likely going to pass at least a dozen espresso huts everyday on route 101. This makes Dave happy. He can continue his tradition of wandering around with ...