A Weekend of Cranberries and Sea Lions

I spent Sunday out at the Oregon/Washington coast. It was a pretty nice trip overall. I'd been wanting to check out Long Beach, Washington for some time, but hadn't gotten there. When I looked it up, it turned out that this past weekend was the Cranberrian Festival. I'm not sure Cranberrian is a word (my spell check certainly doesn't), but it sounded like an okay time. There was supposed to be food, cranberries, and bog tours. What more could a girl ask for?

Well, for starters, I would have asked for slightly better weather. 

The beach view was a little foggy and wet. Also cold. 

The beach view was a little foggy and wet. Also cold. 

And traffic. What I didn't know was that Sunday was the Great Columbia River Crossing. It's a 10K race that takes place each year over the Astoria Megler Bridge. It's the only time of year foot traffic is allowed on the bridge and you get a beautiful view. On the other hand, it's kind of the only way traffic gets back and forth across the Columbia River. We got there shortly after the race ended and it was still a bit nutty. Next year, I'm hoping to go down and run it. 

Obviously we didn't go out for the ocean though. So, after lunch we headed toward the cranberries. Admission was $5 and got you this super cute pin.

The pin is pretty darn cute. 

The pin is pretty darn cute. 

Honestly, the whole thing was pretty underwhelming. There were very few vendors and none of the food looked particularly appetizing. Of course, what I really wanted was a bog tour. So, we drove over to the bogs.

By "tour", they really meant walk out and look at them yourself. It was again, a little underwhelming, but we made it work. 

So many cranberries!

So many cranberries!

They were busy collecting the cranberries. They flood the bogs and then the cranberries float to the top for collection. 

These guys just kept working and ignored all the tourists taking a hundred pictures.

These guys just kept working and ignored all the tourists taking a hundred pictures.

The best part of the trip was stopping at the Safeway on the way back. The minute we got out of the car, I knew I heard sea lions. Since we were up for stretching our legs before the two hour drive, we walked toward the water. They were pretty easy to find too. 

They might be a little hard to see. Somehow they all hang out on docks that are the same color as their fur.

They might be a little hard to see. Somehow they all hang out on docks that are the same color as their fur.

It was hard to not stay there all day watching them fight and push each other off. But, we sadly had to say goodbye to them and head home. 

By guys!

By guys!

Ever hung out with a sea lion?