After our stay in Colorado, we kept on traveling west to the beautiful state of Oregon. I hadn’t been to the OR coast in FOREVER!! Maybe 20 years? So, it was nice to be back in the beautiful PAC NW. The boys were in awe of the trees and driving through the forrest. For them, all they have known is the desert of Arizona, the high desert of Colorado (although we made multiple visits into the Rocky Mountains) and the flat-lands of Texas. They had never seen trees so big in their life! Funny to hear them talk about the nature since I grew up in the Evergreen State.
I am going to attempt to document everything we did/saw while we were there:
Day 1: 5 of the family members needed to depart back to Seattle to be at work, so we only saw them for a brief couple hours, but still managed to get a family picture in of the ENTIRE group!
Day 1, evening: We had a family “retirement party” concert for my Dad and Kris and hired a local band (Sedona Fire) to come out to the house and play. It was SO MUCH FUN!!
Day 2: A quick drive up to Astoria to visit the Oregon Film Museum and learn about all the films made in Oregon (especially the Goonies), then a quick trip to Shipwreck Beach at Ft. Stevens. Shipwreck Beach was probably one of my favorite things to see!
Day 2, evening: The Doolittle and Lathrop clan decided to go for a walk in the neighborhood. I had an assignment from my mom to get a picture of Ry, East, Layne and Lucy together. :-)
Day 3: A hike through Ecola State Park. I think we took the “advanced” trail, as we were all huffin’ and puffin’ through the forest while the kids sprinted up a very narrow and muddy pathway. Later that evening we played an intense game of Bocce ball!! Katie lost her footing a bit at the end of the Bocce game and of course all of us sister’s just decided to watch and laugh.
Day 3, evening: SMORES by the fire!! Lovin’ my Sony A99 doin’ it’s thang in the nearly pitch dark w/ no flash.
Day 4: Wake up early!! We woke up at 5:15 AM to witness a negative tide and walk WAY out on the sand before reaching the water. This way our day to get great pics of sea life! We found starfish, crabs, jellyfish, sea urchins and more!
Day 4, evening: One of the traditions of the rental property my dad and Kris got was to paint rocks and leave them for all to see. We spent the evening picking out the perfect rock and painting it. I did a Coug logo (Go Cougs!). Day 5 consisted of a trip back to Portland to see some Seattle Seahawks on their 12th man tour and our flight back to DFW. Had a GREAT time, THANK YOU to dad and Kris for renting out an amazing property! I hope we get to get together again soon!