It took us a few more hours before we reached our resting spot for the night – Ocean Shores, WA. Ocean Shores is located on a peninsula in the southwest corner of Washington state. We arrived a couple hours before the sun settled into the horizon.
After checking into the hotel, we decided to take advantage of the remaining sunlight and walked on the beach. It was a good 5 to 10 minute walk through grass covered sand dunes to actually get to the beach. I have to say, this WA beach was different than the Oregon coast as it were sparse of seashells and other small stones. I did find a few agates but nothing big or impressive.
As the sun was setting, we walked back to the hotel. We hadn’t eaten since stopping in Forks, so we were starving. We decided to eat at the restaurant associated with the hotel. But it was closed!! What restaurant closes at 8:30pm!!
We drove around this small town and found a hole in the wall eatery called “Moby Dick”. Fish and chips were great – or maybe we were just too hungry to properly judge and compare it to similarly called dishes we’ve had in the past.
We chatted with the proprietor and thanked him for being open before we headed back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
The next morning, we decided to skip the high carbohydrate continental breakfast provided by the hotel. Again we decided to try the hotel restaurant and again became disappointed as we learned the restaurant was only open for breakfast on Sunday. Are you kidding! What hotel restaurant is closed to its patrons during normal business hours!
We found an alternate eating place and had a better breakfast before checking out of the hotel. S and I agreed we had no desire to visit this town again.
Another disappointing fact was there used to be a ferry that allowed traveling to the next coastal city on Washington’s coastline. However that service ended three years prior. So our final leg back to Portland, OR would be different than we had wanted.
In comparing the coastline of Washington and Oregon, we decided our Oregon coastline was more picturesque and would have no desire to return to Washington’s coastsl cities. Maybe if and when Washington decides to make their coastline more accessible, then perhaps.
But until then, we were done with the barren and boring Washington coastline and ready to get back to our home state.
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