This year we decided to
lounge at the Oregon coast. We piled in the car
late Friday night and headed to Lincoln City Oregon. There we
stayed in a rental and met our good
buddies Cindy and Mark, and their daughter Amelie.
The house was directly on
the beach, with a deck and spa. Only footsteps from the sand and
The house was one of the few that left its trees in tact and build
around them, and the great benefit was the lack of wind on the deck
and the beautiful views.
Rent it here:
OregonBeachVacations.com. - "Sheltering Pines"
Day 1 - Saturday -
After 5am departure and a scenic, but
hour long delay parked on the freeway outside of Dunsmuir CA, we
arrived at our vacation home around dinner time. We
immediately checked out the house and beach. The sun was
shining, and there was a breeze. The house was gorgeous, tidy,
new and clean and the sand was soft and plentiful. Very cool.
Grandma Cris stopped by and dropped off a truckload of thing for
Amelie, one item being a Vespa scooter. The older girls of
course showed her how it worked, including the horn. Thanks
Day 2- Sunday, and
happens to the the 4th of July
Some time on the beach, in the waves, in the sand, checked out tide
pools, made a camp fire, flew a kite, ate some food and did little
else. Then come night time, the fireworks started before
sundown and went for hours! The big aerials, safe and sane,
poppers and everything you can imagine for miles up and down the
beach. Note none of the fireworks were ours as they were
illegal to have on the beach. Obviously however for the
Oregon natives, it must have been an optional law. Our
neighbor managed to knock himself on his butt and impale himself in
the forehead with some sort of rocket type firework. After a
bit, and some of Marks persuasion his friends took him to the
Day 3- Monday
The girls were up late at
night and up early in the morning. We were good parents, we
left food out on the table for them to have breakfast. heh.
The coffee was flowing, and although the mornings were early for
vacation, the days went by with little to do other than play on the
beach and in the spa. On the sand, off the sand, in the
hot water, out of the hot water, get a drink, have some food, up the
stairs, down the stairs, take a nap, UNWIND. Oh
and Candice was a good auntie and taught Amelie that peanut butter
and chocolate sandwiches are much better then PB&J. Monday was
also our first trip into town for
Captain Dan's Pirate Pastry.
Day 4 - Tuesday
Today was another kick back day.
Mark made a horrible attempt to slice off his thumb and only
ended up taking a good chunk out of the pad. We all hung
out, had lunch and played. Then for dinner Cindy and
Candice headed off to the local Italian lounge, yes lounge.
The place had good pasta, but the most memorable was the actual
lounge singer on the piano and the flirty lounge singer winks.
The boys and kids stayed at the house playing rock band while
the gals were serenaded with songs from the 50s.
After dinner, it was out to the movies with the gals to see
Eclipse. WOO WOO.
Day 5 - Sand Castle Day!!
Life is good on the beach when all
that is on the to do list is make a sand castle.
There was much beach combing, bucket dumping, sand loving fun
today. Also, we kept apprised of Kaylee's Moms day
as Kaylee's newest little half sister was born today.
Welcome Cameryn Murray Morrill. 7/7/10.
Day 6 - Tillamook and Blue Heron
Today was on the road to Tillamook.
About an hour drive and we were at the cheese factory. The
place is huge, and though we got to sample many cheeses, the
self guided tour itself was hard to access due to the huge
amount of people there. The one saving grace of the
Tillamook factory was the 38 scoop monstrosity that was the
"Tour of Tillamook" via ice-cream. We ate a
quick lunch at the cafe, then ordered the ice cream tour.
After bell ringing, and song singing by the ice cream staff, the
trough of goodness was set on the table. With
seven spoons, we all dug in. The only thing
left on the bottom was a muddy slush of the uneaten licorice and
some coffee flavors. YUM. After that, we
headed over to Blue
Heron (After a quick stop at a local store for some lactaid)
and sampled cheese and spreads. Also very yummy. The
older girls played a bit in their petting zoo, while Amelie took
a snooze in the car. Later Mark in attempting to take a
rest, gets buried in pillows by the young ones and then retreats
to the spa with his wife.
Dinner that night was a variety
dinner, fresh tomato and asparagus, cheese, bread, fresh
berries, sausage. Now if we could only live like this day
to day things would be right with the world.
Day 7 - Fogarty Creek
So time to get out and about in the
area, we headed down to the local park with just our family,
leaving family Hanna to rest up a bit in peace. The
started with a beautiful lush forest, and a good size creek.
The creek wound through the park and out onto the sandy beach
and into the ocean. The girls got to see first hand how
water returned from the mountains to the ocean, as well as climb
rocks, play in the water, and adventure through the forest.
Michele did not want to climb with Michael and Kaylee, and was
left crossing the rather swift running creek (with some
prodding) with Candice.
Day 8 - The trip home
Today we had to say good bye to
family Hanna, and packed up the car. First stop, the
Punchbowl, which was neat but you couldn't get
close to investigate. After that, we had a little
adventure on some fire roads before eventually finding the
highest point in the Oregon Coastal Mountains called
Mary's Peak. The 1/2 mile climb up was worth it
for the views, and the exercise of people stuck in the car.
There were flowers blooming everywhere and several waterfalls
found on the way in and out. We stopped for dinner at
in Medford Oregon
for some wicked good pizza. Check it out if you are ever up that
Although the extra stops put an
extra few hours on the trip home, it was worth it.