When Pedro and I came out of the forest after hiking for 7 miles along Gnat Creek, we were STARVING! We were pretty close to Astoria, Oregon, a much bigger town than my own, with a better selection of restaurants. We turned west on Highway 30 and went to the coast.
We had discussed a little about which place we should go to eat, but when we came over the last hill and saw the sky, my goal was to get to a place on the water because we needed access to this view. The sunset was going to be remarkable. I pulled in at the first place on the water: Rogue Public House. The pub is on Pier 39 and you actually have to drive on a pier to get to it – yeeks! But I knew out there we would have an unobstructed view of the sky.
I dorked around and rather than go inside and see if a seat was available, I went directly to the edge of the pier with my camera and took the above shots while Pedro waited for me. When we made it inside, the people in front of us got the last table, and then we had to wait. It was worth it.
We were eventually seated against a wall in a dark area with no windows. It could have been a bummer, except that it was directly next to a back door the servers were using to take care of folks seated outside under the tent. I popped in and out of the door and had direct access to the edge of the pier as I kept taking photos of the sun going down.
Our dinner was delicious, reminding me of one of my favourite literary quotes:
Hunger is the best sauce.~Teresa Panza, Don Quixote
The Rogue Brewery is a local source of ale from Newport, Oregon with a sense of humor and a fan club. They produce beers with names like Combat Wombat, Cotes du Rogue, Knucklebuster, Shakespeare Stout, Batsquatch, and their famous Dead Guy Ale. We were sampling the Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar and the woman behind the counter handed us a sample of a dark beer called the Secret or Surprise, or something, and it was the best! I wish I could remember the name of it. We both got a pint.
Sticking with the dark theme, we both had the Dead Guy Burger. It’s named after the ale, no Sweeny Todd going on here… it has the “nightmare black” bun, which turned out to be no-kidding black bread. Pedro looked it up later to find that it’s coloured with squid ink. So cool.
Sated and getting sleepy, it was time to head home. But just a few last shots from Pier 39 first.