Odd Spots

Big Bubba's Burgers and the George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving

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This morning we left Olympia and headed north toward Harstine Island. The sky was beautiful and the water was calm, and it only sprinkled a little bit during our cruise. Our original plan was to moor at McMicken Island on the east side of Harstine, but en route we decided we couldn't pass up a stop at Allyn, WA for one of Big Bubba's Burgers and to check out the George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving, LLC (listed on Yelp under "Art Schools"). 

We docked at the city dock and walked the block into town and stopped first at Big Bubba's.

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103-year old church across the street from Big Bubba's:

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Big Bubba's is a walk-up, roadside burger stand (since 1966):

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Happy Motoring Begins Here!

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They have outdoor (covered and non-covered) seating in the way of picnic tables:

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We tried today's special, the chipotle burger with bacon and roasted jalapenos and it was delicious!

Just down the road a bit on the same side of the street (you can't miss it) is the George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving (and wine tasting, and martial arts):

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Where the magic happens:

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The yard is open to the public and you can wander at your leisure and check out the students' creations.

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The start of an eagle:

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Obligatory Sasquatch and Seahawks, because, Washington:

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Campfire bears in the parking lot:

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Allyn, WA turned out to be the perfect lunch stop. 

Back to the boat!

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Looking north from the dock:

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Nice new Rocna on the bow:

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Next stop: Jarrell Cove State Marine Park on Harstine Island!


Geysers, Goats, Wine, and Mud

Today in Calistoga it rained most of the day, so we just hunkered down and worked. Late in the afternoon there appeared to be a break so we unfolded the bikes and took off for a little exploring.

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First stop was Envy Wines.

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Hey look! They have an Airstream too!

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It was a great tasting. (Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Cabernet, a really good blend, and a Petit Sirah). The tasting room was filled with visitors from Portland (us), Seattle, Spokane, and San Francisco. Fun! Great wines! We brought some back to the Airstream...on our bikes:

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Next stop: Old Faithful Geyser of California.

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This geyser erupts every 10 minutes, but sometimes every 6 minutes (so convenient!). It's...um..."AMAZING"?

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But not really. I mean, it's okay, but it's $14/per person and it's certainly not Old Faithful in Yellowstone. But hey! There's a petting zoo, which is really just a bunch of goats running around. BUT, they have Tennessee Fainting Goats, and although we didn't get to see any fall over, they were pretty cute. 

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They've got some other stuff too (Jacob's Four-Horn Sheep, and I think some other kinds of goats), and a llama or two. 

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And that's it. But for us, it was TOTALLY worth 28 bucks because we got to make you guys this video that will give you the truly authentic feel of this tourist trap experience. Enjoy all the way to the end:

So there. We just saved you 14 bucks per person, right? (And how'd you like that fortuitous volunteer narrator??)

We rode back to camp, put our bikes away, and walked a couple blocks to our 6pm mud bath appointment at Golden Haven Hot Springs

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It's a litle hotel/resort with a mineral pool and stuff, but during the week at certain times they have a two-for-one special so a couple (or two naked friends, whatever) can go for $89 bucks total and get a mud bath (with mud facial and cold compress), then a jacuzzi mineral tub soak, then a blanket wrap. And if you want to go in their mineral water pool afterward, you're welcome to do that too. Here's a shot of the mud baths, but my lens was steaming up so it looks a little gauzy:

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It was so cool though. You get in and have to kind of shimmy your way down into the mud (which is clay, peat and hot springs mineral water) until you're submerged, but you still are completely suspended in this earthy stuff. It's super trippy and we loved it. 

We walked back just at sunset and snapped this shot outside the Airstream:

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A great day in Calistoga!


Fish & Chips, Wild Animals, and a Lighthouse

Today after we finished up some work we headed over to the Bandon Fish House for some fish & chips. This place has our favorite fish & chips...the fish & chips we think are the best ones we've ever tried. We had one order of salmon fish & chips and one order of halibut fish & chips...both amazing. Light crispy batter that sticks to the fish and super fresh delicious fish. Perfect.

Next we headed over to the "West Coast Game Park Safari" a few miles south of town, still in Bandon. My mom said when she and my brother stopped here they got to hold baby tigers, and that did it for me. We likely never would have stopped at this place, but I'm glad we did.

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This place was a trip! It's family-owned (since 1968) and it's a walk-through wild animal park, basically. We got to hold a one-month old baby red fox immediately after we entered the park:

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We pet a ton of other things, including sables, an apricot (kinda white) skunk, a huge opossum, llamas, goats, deer, a baby bear cub....  Oh and I got to have a bobcat in my lap:

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It was pretty cool. Here's the bear cub having a warm bottle from his trainer:

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There are tons of goats, deer, llamas, and peacocks roaming the park freely. 

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The peacocks were everywhere! 

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This guy was letting me get really close to him to take this photo:

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Then all of a sudden he shook it all out and gave me a spectacular close-up show:

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I guess he wanted us both to see how beautiful he was:

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Pretty amazing, even from the back! (How bored does Kevin look in that shot though?)

We walked around the rest of the park and saw some gorgeous animals. (You can see a list of what they have here):

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Here I am, eye to eye with this white bengal tiger.

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Llama eyeball (it would not back up):

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And another show from a different peacock:

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Crazy design for a bird, huh? :)

After the animal park we headed out to the Coquille River Lighthouse and took a nice walk on the beach before heading back to camp. 

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We've got some fresh oysters smoking on the Traeger (again, I know, yawn) and in a couple hours when they're ready I'll throw together a salad and call it dinner.