Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 7 - The Trip Home

One place I had hoped to stop and see was the Devil's Punchbowl. It is a great rock formation right on the beach. It is best to see at high tide. We visited it on our way out and it was low tide. It is actually what is behind us and below us.

This stuffed animal is "dog". One of the few words Luken says. It was a gift from Uncle Justin and Aunt Brittney. It is now the toy that Luken takes to bed with him. He loves "dog".

As we headed east back into the interior of Oregon, the line of traffic headed to the beach was amazing. It was bumper to bumper for so long and then it was very consistent after that. I could not get a good enough angle for the best picture, but this does give you an idea. It was bumper to bumper for as far as the eye could see. Note to the wise do not head to the Oregon beaches on a Saturday.

We had a fantastic at the beach. It was great to just have some family time with our kids and no outside influences. We are looking forward to doing it again in the future. It is important to never take for granted the time you have with your children.

The Oregon coast is a beautiful place. I would recommend it to anyone wanting time to relax and have some fun.

Our next adventure is school. There will more on that in the future.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 6 - Camp and More Beach Time

This campground had an amphitheater and playground not to far from our site. They would disappear anytime we were at our camp site.

Luken and Dad were having some father/son time.

Then it was back to the beach that afternoon. We all knew we would be leaving in the morning and we wanted as much time at the beach as possible.

This time we allowed the girls to get in.

They were so covered with sand. Thankfully the showers at the campground we nice also.

Luken did not like the cold water. Every time the surf would come to close he would run away.

One time he was not paying attention and it almost got him. Thanks to Dad, he was saved a dunking.

As you can see, the sand was a constant treat.

When Jeremy was a kid, his dad and Brenda had gotten him a kite while on a trip to the Oregon Coast. He brought this with him and had one opportunity to use it.

Sand, sand, sand
Luken has missed the sand and not being outside all the time since we have been home.

Day 7 - The trip home coming soon.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 6 - Beverly Beach State Park

As at Cape Lookout, as soon as we could we came to the beach. We did not walk down it though. We just spent some time watching the girls play. The day before had been a long day. We were all a bit sluggish when we woke up.

Sam and Makayal brought their kites with them and got an opportunity to fly them.

When Miss Bailee is sluggish, she tends to exude teenage attitude.

The surf here was so much larger than it was at Cape Lookout.

I was hoping we would get to see someone surfing, but it did not happen.

The sun was out and it was warm, but it is amazing how cool the breeze off the ocean is.
Hence Jeremy wearing a sweatshirt.

Luken doing his thing out on the sand.

We had really reverted back to our teenageness. This ended up to be our roughest day.

Licking the sand off this rock.

Jeremy and I did not plan on coordinating with the adidas logo. In fact, I did not recognize it until my sister pointed it out when she was looking at the pictures.

More to come.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 5 - Beverly Beach

Our first glimpse of the beach was at dusk. We had gotten to the park around 5pm and needed to set up camp. By the time, we were done it was around 8pm. We thought we would head down for a glimpse of the beach. You have to cross this expanse of rocks before you get to the sand.

You also park on the other side of this bridge and walk under it to get to the park. It is incredible how much quieter it is on the other side. You can hardly hear the ocean.

There was no getting wet this time. That was to be saved for the next day. Day 6 coming soon.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 5 - Oregon Coast Aquarium

At Newport is the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We love going to aquariums and museums, so we did not want to miss the chance of going here. Above is a sea otter. He was really cute and a whole lot bigger than I anticipated.

There is one section of the aquarium where you are walking through tubes that go underwater and all the sea life is swimming around. One of the tanks held sharks. They were not very big, but it was still incredible to have them swimming around you. And they were interested, you could almost hear them thinking on how they could get to all the humanity.

This is a wolfeel. It was very large also. I did not get a great picture of it though.

The girls were obviously awed. Just as a side note, the tanks that have these tubes are actually what use to be Keiko, the killer whale's tank. He was the killer whale in the Free Willy movies.
He lived here at the Oregan Coast Aquarium for a while.

This is a puffin. They were very cool.

There was also a tank for sea lions and seals. In the above picture is a California sea lion and the below is of a seal.

They had a couple of different tanks of jellyfish. The girls loved these the most.

Do you see the sea horses?

This is an anaconda, which can grow up to 30 ft. This thing was huge.

Jeremy and I could not find what this little fish was called, but we thought it was incredible how wide he could open his mouth.

Troyanna, all the pictures of the sea life are for you. I know how much you love animals and life outside. We wished you could have been with us. You, too, Dannon.

The only thing missing from Day 5 is our first glimpse of Beverly Beach. I will bring those pictures to you tomorrow.