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Oregon Coast – A Family Adventure

14 Jun

I’m writing this entry from a budget motel in Ontario, Oregon. We stopped here last night at about 10 p.m. on our way home from Seaside on the Oregon Coast as we make our way back to Riverton, Utah, which is about a six hour drive. I woke up a couple of hours ago, but have restrained my anxiousness to get on the road so as to allow my family to sleep. My three little children are slumbering peacefully in a queen bed and I hate to wake them. They don’t whine when they are asleep…

 Anyway, thank goodness of WiFi. I love being able to check email and download my financial transactions while my family sleeps. It’s definitely a good thing.

 Let me give you a few highlights from our trip…

  • Driving more than 2,200 miles (30+ hours) in a rented Chevy Uplander
  • Leaving home at 5:30 a.m., only 30 minutes later than originally planned
  • Spending time with Matt’s family at the Hall’s cabin at the Lake of the Woods
  • Renting a canoe and taking kids on rides around the lake
  • Relaxing in the cabin, watching movies, playing games with cousins and just enjoying some time with family
  • Visiting the largest sea cave in the world and seeing a bunch of Sea Lions
  • Enjoying three beaufitul WorldMark condos on along the Oregon Coast
  • Picking up crayons strewn throughout the mini-van at least a dozen times
  • Running away from waves on Gleneden Beach; covering body with nasty sea foam
  • Family-style clam chowder at Mo’s at Devil’s Punchbowl State Park
  • Climbing to the top of the tallest lighthouse in Oregon, which 3-year-old Lily was too short to enter (which caused her great sadness)
  • Finding a smaller lighthouse which she could enter which she affectionately dubbed the “little kid lighthouse”
  • Watching a diver show us sea creatures at the Undersea Garden in Newport
  • Swimming with the kids at every opportunity
  • Going on a chartered boat for a whale watching touor at Depoe Bay
  • Seeing numerous gray whales dive and catching an up-close glimpse of their enormous tail fins
  • Running out of batteries in both my still camera and video camera, thereby depriving me of the opportunity to prove that I saw what I mentioned above
  • Realizing that nine foot ocean swells and pregnancy don’t mix as my poor wife had to make use of a barf bucket during the trip (Parley got green under the gills as well)
  • Getting free salt water taffy samples near the Whale Watching visitor center
  • Touring the Tillamook Cheese Factory and eating numerous free samples
  • Watching the kids smile as they ate ice cream at the aforementioned factory
  • Eating fish and chips, clam strips and calamari at Norma’s Ocean Diner in Seaside
  • Walking along Canon Beach and picking up every broken sand dollar, dead mole crab and empty clam shell in sight, storing them in a bucket which later began to stink in the car
  • Checking out Haystack Rock and the needles at Cannon Beach (breathtaking)
  • Feeding otters fish heads at the Seaside Aquarium
  • Visiting Multnomah Falls outside of Portland and hiking to the bridge despite Parley’s constant protests
  • Running out of gas on the exit ramp in Pendleton, Oregon and having to run two blocks to the 76 Station for a gas can (thought I could make it; could have been worse)
  • Finding a little cheap hotel in Ontario and allowing the kids to sleep late

Here are a few pictures…

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5 Comments

Posted by on June 14, 2007 in Trips

 

5 responses to “Oregon Coast – A Family Adventure

  1. liz

    June 15, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Wow, you guys know how to do this — I’m amazed at the ground you covered in a few short days. But then, you were trained by the best. I don’t know how your kids keep up with you! Glad you had so much fun — we loved being with you at the cabin.

     
  2. kira

    June 15, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    I didn’t realize you had so much planned – I just thought you were going to the cabin. The Oregon coast is great…such a different feel than California. Sounds like you had a blast!

     
  3. robinbl

    June 15, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Good pictures! I think that one of Parley on the beach is the cutest one we’ve had of him in a while.

     
  4. Vicki

    June 18, 2007 at 4:46 am

    These pictures are wonderful! What a great trip you had–and I’m so glad your ipod and memory stick still work.

     
  5. Nate

    June 20, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Sounds like a “whale” of a trip!

     

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