After getting to Olympia, we spent about two days there and turned right back around for Monterey, this time with Leslee in tow.
There are a few places we stop every time we drive the coast, and the Devil’s Punchbowl in Oregon. When Austin and I drove from Olympia to San Francisco, I saw a photo (obviously, the wrong photo) of this area full, and creating an amazing swirl through the bowl. Each and every time we’ve driven by, I’ve hoped to get a glimpse of it full, and each and every time it has been empty. We get over it pretty quickly, and this trip we decided to visit the chowder place right there. Come to find out, it never fills up, and it’s basically just a giant hole in the rock that looks neat.
We had a ton of fun at this little pit stop, and the chowder was pretty good. The dogs always love stopping and running around whenever they can.
And just like that, we were on our way again!
Next stop, the dunes. This is one of our favorite places to stop, and somehow we always manage to find the same dune access point. There is a giant hill that wakes every bone, muscle, and vein in your body up and really gets the blood pumping. Running in the sand is hard enough, but running up (probably) close to 3 stories of nearly completely vertical hillside is just insanity. The view is amazing though, and we’re so proud of Mama Leslee for making it up!
As a professional photographer, more often than not, when you handoff the camera to try and get a nice photo of yourself, you end up with at least a few (if not all) blurry photos.
The last stop on our trip was beautiful, and we were getting pretty close to home as the sun was setting. Sometimes random roadside pull-off’s are the best views.