Early mornings aside this was the first night I got actual rest on the trip. It took a little bit to get used to the tent, but once I found my position it was on. The camp ground was full to the brim but we managed to sneak into a spot that was reserved for today. Brushed teeth, quick poo and we were off to Portland. The plan was to try and meet up with one of Kikos friends in Portland for lunch but as we got close we realized he was too far off our beaten path so we just decided to grab some food in the Hawthorne neighborhood.
This was my second time in Portland and I really don’t understand what people see in this city. It’s filled to the brim with coffee houses, vintage clothing shops and overpriced food trucks making it a hipster paradise. Hipsters…as far as the eye could see. I got a very “blah” vibe, one of judgmental indifference and undeserved arrogance. The people just did not look fun. On the bright side, the fish looked amazing. We stopped at this little bakery where a red-headed Daria like character served us a couple of delicious toasted tuna sandwiches. We walked around for a while and decided it was time to head further north.
We got back in the truck and headed towards Washington. Some rain started sprinkling while we were on our way, so we decided to try and camp along the national forest. Unfortunately we missed the exit for the national forest and to not have to back track we let Google maps take us further up. This did not prove to be the smartest idea cause Google maps led us straight into a very dark and rural part of Washington where the locals made it a point to tell us they owned the properties around where we were driving and essentially to fuck off. We got back on the highway and headed further up the highway to the lakes outside Olympia and late night found a very nice campground with hot showers and plenty of space. All in all not the most ideal day, but still pretty amazing.