Articles by "Paul - 11/39 - Driving Inertia"
More rare than real boobies in California: a good deal along the coast at Mattole Beach.

Camping in California? Avoid the State Parks.

By     |    Aug 10, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Parks     |    No Comments

Honestly, they’re just embarrassing. As a state, California should be embarrassed by its parks. They’re shit. They’re just too expensive. Yes, people pay the fee, but they pay grudgingly, because there’s no alternative. They’re not nice-expensive, not cleaner than other parks (they seem dirtier), not packed with amenities in some awesome way. Hell, most have pay showers instead of free showers. They’re expensive in the I-think-I’m-getting-ripped-off-but-I-don’t-know-what-else-to-do way. They’re terrible. In […]

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This is one of the 'good' roads.

The Lost Coast of California

By     |    Aug 9, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Drives     |    4 Comments

Between Ferndale (to the north) and Rockport (to the south) along California’s Pacific coast there’s basically nothing. No real towns, no housing developments, no reality TV stars, hardly any roads even. Sure, there are things marked as roads on the map, but they’re just paved strips of pavement in reality. They’ve been washed out and earthquaked and patched too many times to be anywhere close to smooth. We’ve been on […]

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Tall Tree from the base looking up.

The Redwoods of California

By     |    Aug 8, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Parks     |    No Comments

If you want to see some big trees, aim for the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California, a road created so that through-traffic isn’t stuck behind gawking tourists on the 101 (my theory, since it mostly parallels the 101). The Avenue of the Giants is a great road, but the best road goes perpendicular (to the west) and into Humboldt Redwoods State Park. You don’t have to pay a fee to drive into […]

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Goodbye, [not] cruel [at all] Oregon. Even the bridges here are cool.

Leaving Oregon

By     |    Aug 7, 2012
Posted in: Oregon     |    5 Comments

I’m going to miss Oregon. The full-service gasoline, the protected coastline, the strict development zones of its cities. California is coming. Fucking California. California is like Texas but filled with things I like. I like the wine, I like the weather, I like the geography … but there’s something about California that rubs me the wrong way. It’s like a vibe of entitlement, the stench of those that consider themselves blessed. Maybe […]

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Zooming in on a dory off Pacific City, Oregon.

Looking for a Pacific City Dory

By     |    Aug 7, 2012
Posted in: Oregon     |    No Comments

I always grab the local newspaper. Always. You never know what you’ll find. You may be passing through a tiny town with a really awesome boat tradition and totally miss it without the local paper. With a little local news luck, we headed into Pacific City, Oregon hoping to see some dory fishing boats. They land them on the beach here — there’s no pier. Our timing was good and […]

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Skype: fun for the whole family.

Skype is Wonderful Too

By     |    Aug 6, 2012
Posted in: Travel     |    1 Comment

Every year my family has a big meetup in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We missed it this year because of our travels, but Skype saved the day. Thanks to Skype, we got to see and talk to everybody, including my cousin who’s now a mom, her mom (my aunt), and her mom (my grandmother). Hooray for technology!  

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Everybody drives these and they all have the same stickers.

Portland’s Evangelical Hipster Fundamentalists

By     |    Aug 2, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Oregon     |    1 Comment

In Salt Lake City, we found ourselves surrounded by believers, unsure what to do. Same thing happened in Portland. But instead of religious peeps, we were surrounded by hipsters, evangelical hipster fundamentalists. Beards, thick-rimmed glasses, skinny jeans, single-speed bicycles … oh my! Like in SLC, we were unsure of what to do. We had two things we had to do: mail Lisa’s old computer to its happy new owner (thanks, […]

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Look at this pile of Douglas Fir!

Trail Booty: What We’ve Found

By     |    Aug 1, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Reality     |    No Comments

I love the Mountain Gazette, the west’s great free adventure magazine. Recently, we read an article about trail booty, the stuff you find while playing outdoors. Here’s what we’ve found so far:  4GB SD memory card found along the Million Dollar Highway. We were keen to try to return this to its owner, but the thing was blank. Note to readers: if you want your photos back, you might want […]

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Oysters at Oyster Shack, South Bend, WA.

We Luck Into Willapa Bay Oysters

By     |    Jul 31, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Best Of, Food, Washington     |    No Comments

It was Jeff’s tip that aimed us towards Willapa Bay. He mentioned an oyster place he liked, located right on the bay in Bay Center. We found Bay Center, but we never found the restaurant. We drove every road in town, some of them twice, a couple three times, and couldn’t find it. But we found a whole lot more. An Afternoon Snack at Oyster Shack We needed a snack as […]

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Late-harvest vino and chips and salsa.

Wine Pairing: Sweet Wine with Chips and Salsa

By     |    Jul 30, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Parks, Washington, Wine     |    2 Comments

We’re fans of Champagne and potato chips. They’re great together. Champagne and popcorn is good too, but we really like the chips (“crisps” for our British readers). This duo is just as good. Got a bottle of sweet wine but don’t want to wait until dessert to drink it? Grab some chips and salsa. Here’s why it works: the sweetness of the wine takes the edge off both the saltiness […]

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