This year we
started our vacation with a trip to the Oregon coast.
We piled in the car bright and early Saturday morning and
headed to Waldport Oregon. There we stayed in a rental
home called "GG's house"and met our good buddies Cindy and
Mark, and their daughter Amelie. The place was right
on the ocean, toasty warm and with a play room for the little
and big kids. Kaylee found her own room in the master
closet, which we though was hilarious. We played in the
sand, and in the surf. Michael and Kaylee braved the
waves with wetsuits, the kids played in the sand and the
tide, we build awesome driftwood fires and enjoyed a few
adult beverages and some sunsets. We also dragged
our Wii Rock Band game up there with us, and the adults
played in the evenings, with Michael and Mark mostly on
drums, Cindy and Candice singing the lead vocals, and we
all took turns on the guitar. It was a blast.
So, after a few
days of fun in the ocean wonder, which was the BEST weather
that could be expected, we packed back up and headed to
the Portland airport to drop off Michael for a quick trip
home for a meeting, and then headed north to Seattle.
The standard Oregon coastal rain caught up with us on the
day of our departure, our timing was perfect.
When we hit Cindy and Marks, we took a couple of days to
have some fun at the local sights.
Here is our adventure
at a local kids museum:
Then we headed
off to adventure in the local parks, where we took a picnic
lunch and the girls had a very imaginative time taking turns
leading through the trails and playing "Harry Potter" with
some forest magic wands.
We found another
park that was more of a playground, and the local aquatics
center which we visited twice. The center had a nice
indoor water slide, a graduated pool from 1" to 15' deep,
as well as a "lazy river" which used jets to push people
along in a current. The girls very much enjoyed themselves
there, but alas, as Candice was in the water as well there
are no water pictures.
Next it was all
girls headed out to dinner at the local pizza place.
Cindy mentioned how quiet and nice it was, family oriented
small and with a great view. Well, we got there and
walked into a singing pirate.. yes, costume and all, and
right after we sat down the rig anchored close determined
it was time to start working on the pier that was being
built. WHAM WHAM WHAM... earthshaking sounds
as the pilons were being pounded into the earth below the
sea. The construction foreman soon appeared
with earplugs for everyone, which we fitted for the girls
and they watch the pier being built as a show with dinner.
Not very quiet, but good food and educational entertainment,
and Cindy just laughed...
After girls dinner
night, the next day had Michael and Kaylee off to Canada
where they visited the
They had the opportunity to help a stranded motorist with
some gas as well. Michele went off to work with Mark
and had a play day at Amelie's school. Cindy and Candice
headed into town for a great lunch and a walk around the
market. It was a nice lazy day for the adult girls.
Michael and Kaylee got stuck in traffic crossing back over
the border into the USA for a few hours.
Lastly for Kaylee
and Candice it was off to the areas "kids farm" called Remlinger
Farms. Mark's employer had a picnic outing there for
employees and we tagged along. It was a cross between
a farm and a local fair. The girls of course had fun
on the rides, Michele taking initiative to go on the roller
coaster several times, and Kaylee helped Amelie on the ferris
wheel. Amelie even got to ride one time around in
the roller coaster, and enjoyed it enough to say she would
go again. All the kids got to ride on the pony rides,
and kids and adults had a stomach twisting time on the flying
pumpkins. Candice, Michael and Kaylee left from there
and headed to the airport to make the ride home.
Candice had to return to work, and Kaylee headed back to
Michele and Michael
stayed with Cindy and Mark for a few more days, ate some
fondue, played the drums....
Lastly, the vacation
ended on as the car was packed up one last time and Michael
and Michele headed home on Aug 12th and 13th.
There were a few stops for sightseeing on the way..
Again, a wonderful time for summer vacation.. we can't
wait to see what adventures are in store for summer 2009.