Its strange because the last time I wrote here was on a vacation. It was a short blurb about something I witnessed while on leave. I had full intentions to write here throughout this trip but I am only managing it here today the last day on the coast. Maybe it is out of guilt about not doing it at all.
Anyway this year we decided to go to Depoe Bay, Oregon for our trip. We have been to this location many times in the past and I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about spending a whole week here. Mostly because I couldn’t imagine what we would fill the week with doing. I knew we had to do some stuff because Gwendolen would drive both of us crazy if we stayed in a house too long. But we now had the added insanity of Eleanor and the uncertainty of how she would handle the car rides. So far she has handled it way better than Gwendolen ever did at that age.
On the first day our goal was to just to see the ocean. This wasn’t hard as it is literally 15 feet from our door.
The next day we had to go play in the ocean. We weren’t sure how this was going to work out since there were so many variables. Chief amount them was that neither Heather nor I terribly love to play in the ocean. Maybe if the parents were gungho about it but… We are from Kansas…
The ocean worked pretty well. Gwendolen seemed overwhelmed and couldn’t focus on doing any one thing. We bought a kite and flew it for a while but mostly we just waded in the water. We then found some seafood and went home.
The next day was a utility day. We had to go into town and get some things at the store. On the way we stopped by the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse was as cool as it could ever have been but the real draw was the tide pools in the cliffs below. They held all the usuals. Gwendolen was most impressed by the starfish. The tide pools were not rocky cliffs nor were they sandy beaches. They were small round cobblestones. It was unusual and pretty interesting. They made a strange sound when the waves washed over them as well as when you walked on them.
Before shopping we went down the coast some more and went to Cape Perpetua. Its a place we have been to before but never really explored.
The next day we slept in and decided to try out the aquarium in Newport. This went over pretty well but Gwendolen didn’t really want to stand around and look at the fish. She really just wanted to run through the the place. Near the end we kinda figured out how to get her attention on the fish and to look for things. Not bad really.
I decided to finish this up not with a summary of the rest of the days but with a summation of feelings. I felt when we were done that we had spent enough time away that I became lost. This was good. For instance when we went to Drift Creek for a hike, it was probably the longest hike we have done. It took us a little over an hour to hike in then there was some snack and water and then almost 2 hours to hike back… There was more stops on the return trip. Anyway it was long enough in the bush that we completely lost track of time. I was under the impression that 5 or 6 hours had gone by, but in fact on really 3 had. It was awesome. On a larger scale it seemed like weeks had gone by when the n fact it was only one. I felt more connected to Heather, to Gwendolen, to Eleanor and to myself. It was good. Eventually some pictures will wind up on the photog site.