Elk, Parks and Coastal Drive
Trip Start Jul 19, 2010
17Trip End Aug 02, 2010
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For breakfast, we decided to hit up a place called Luke's Joint - recommended by someone we spoke to earlier. We are so glad we went there because so far it was the highlight of the trip as far as culture/restaurant experiences went. Luke was originally from New York City and moved upstate and then to Arcata to open a restaurant (he went to the culinary institute). We chatted with him for a while and admired his beautifully decorated place. It had the most unique adornments and just had a chill cozy vibe. The food was unbelievable - well presented and even more delicious than it looked. We also met up with one of the local coffee roasters in the area and picked his brain for some itinerary ideas. He was really cool and helped us out a lot.
We decided we were going to drive up the coast today and stop along the way to take some good pictures, eat and just appreciate the awesome nature. We did get to see some limited wildlife including elks and herons (i think).
We were originally going to drive to Crater Lake but then changed our mind mid-drive because we were running behind. Crater Lake is supposed to have the most amazingly blue water and is a lake that is very high. Instead of continuing on to Crate Lake, we decided to drive up the coast of Oregon and go to Coos Bay. The coast itself was breathtaking and we were again hit by the microclimates - we would be driving and it would be 59 degrees outside and then 10-15 minutes later and we go inland a little, it would rise up to about 85 - very hard to get used to this but cool at the same time.
Along the way, we stopped at DQs because Leighann was craving her shake. Two hours later, we arrived in Coos Bay and went around town for a while to see if we wanted to set up camp there. We went to the visitors center to ask some questions and met an old man who gave us some ideas but we werent sold on staying. We also met a young guy who moved from California to Oregon to a city with a population of 9 people because he wanted the relaxed life. He heard us asking about good food to try in Coos Bay and immediately laughed and said "Man, you are in Oregon - there is no good food here. It's all bland and plain.". We realized he was right and decided to continue on to Eugene - two hours away.