There’s a bit of a heatwave in the Portland area (100F) that was supposed to be my next stop. Not a big deal for Texas but Oregonians don’t have A/C to cope with such things.
It was about 10F cooler on the coast so I headed toward Seaside. On the way there was a sign that said “DRINKING WATER .25 MILE” which caught my full boondocking attention. Water came right off the mountain and into a concrete structure with a pipe:
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”2560”] tasty and cold enough to hurt[/caption]
Didn’t time it, but I’m guessing 2-3gpm. I put ~10gal in the tank and refilled the bladder since it was free and easy.
Free-flowing water is a hallmark of the Portland area, in my mind at least. Reminds me of the downtown “bubblers”. That and wild blackberry brambles as long as a city block.
Made it to Seaside around noon, and experienced my first traffic jam in a long time. I guess people are trying to cool off at the beach. It was 90F when we arrived and has since dropped to 86F.
Muffin and I tried to make it to water but the sand was too hot to walk on. I was surprised since it was a light buff color:
We went to a city park about a mile away to open up, reorganize, and let the dog sleep in the shade. Coming up/down forest roads shakes everything loose and it’s a game up pick-up.
I need to do some laundry while in town. I’ll look for a place after it cools down a bit. My eventual goal is to re-visit Portland once the temps stabilize a bit.