I'm grateful that we were able to go on vacation. Unfortunately, Firstborn had to work (couldn't get time off after all the time he spent at Scout High Adventure Camp and EFY). The rest of us had a great time. Most of the picture have the kids wearing hoodies with logos from their schools so I had to pick my pictures that I could share on my blog:
Our first day in Lincoln City was cold and windy. As soon as we unloaded the truck we took a walk on the beach.
We found a whale museum at Depoe Bay. Along with watching whales (with the best view because Mr. Wonderful took us out to the cliffs. We were closer than the excursion boats!) we spent time at the museum learning about whales. The Love Magnet spent time practicing driving a boat. If you want to know what is in the stein, its empty and just part of the exhibit. We do not condone drinking and driving (or boating....)
We took an afternoon to drive to Tillamook for a tour of their cheese factory. What we thought would take all afternoon took less than 30 minutes. The kids did like the ice cream.
We spent time checking out the tide pools, looking at crab and starfish, and hunting for cool shells and agates.
Secondborn and Mr. Wonderful were adventurous and wanted to check out every cave.
One of our favorite restaurants was called Mo's they had the best hot cocoa. Secondborn was gracious enough to share with the others. They bonked heads more than once trying to get their fair share. I guess we shouldn't have put three straws in the mug.
The boys would swim in the freezing water. The Love Magnet opted to build sandcastles and draw rainbows in the sand.
We came home with kites, really bad salt water taffy (which will remain uneaten), and sand in our shoes. It was nice to relax and not have to do anything.
clam chowder (I can't wait to recreate this at home, I think I know what Mo's does differently)
running on the beach
Mr. Wonderful sleeping a full 8 hours our first night there
Doggie Girl's uber enthusiastic greeting when we came home.