Saturday, July 20, 2013

Oregon Vacation 2013

Well, we made it back in one piece, happy and completed saturated in the sea and coastal life! I will let the pics help tell the story.
 Always, Kit

Part of the fun is the traveling to get there. Crossing over from Washington to Oregon is always an exciting moment. Heading down into the Gorge, going from dry brown rock formations to lush green is a welcome scene, as is Mt. Hood rising above the roadway. We always stop at a lovely eatery in Hood River for dinner and then on to our hotel with view of the river and the Steernwheeler!  

Always the first stop on our list is Kyllo's restaurant in Lincoln City, Or. where we get our first taste of fresh seafood and a view to the ocean. We always toast each other and are happy that we made it back okay. :) Once rested and ready to explore, our first day is always a stop at Cape Foulweather. A lovely little shop full of trinkets, mystery boxes and views that are incredible.

Newport, Oregon. Love this town! Lots of shops, galleries, boats and the smell of fish everywhere. I know it sounds a bit nasty, but it isn't. It is what a town on the sea should smell like. I found treasures for my girls, enjoyed the sunshine and had a wonderful dock side lunch at the Saffron Salmon. Even got to watch folks crabbing right outside the windows.
July 4th! We wanted to do something different, so we booked a boat ride out to Yaquina Bay on the Sea Venture (part of the Tradewinds fleet) to watch the fireworks launched from a barge. I just adore boats, so even just having the boat ride was fun for me, add in a 20 minute show and it was spectacular. So cool to be out on the bay at night and look back at the shore's twinkly lights.
Time to visit the beaches we love. The Marine Gardens, where you can find shells, sea glass and the most incredible tide pools. Beverly Beach (where we used to camp in days gone by) where we now gather black cobbles, and fly our kites, and remember our little girls running in the sand. These wonderful wind sculptures are lovely to watch and I am lucky to have 3 of them in my own back yard. Depoe Bay is where we stay. The world's smallest harbor!
Time to relax. The leather chair the hubby and I "fight" over, since it is the perfect place to read and watch the sea. He does a jigsaw puzzle each year and I usually read and play house. I don't mind cooking so much with these views.
Headed to Florence, Or. where hubby had a huge treat and got to attend a Fly In/ Car Show. And I got to shop Old Town Florence. Another quaint town filled with shops and galleries and fresh crab. The drive is incredible along the winding Southern Coast, with sea views, sand dunes, lighthouses and flowering Sweet Peas and Fireweed. And each night we were rewarded with lovely sunsets. :)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

From the Oregon Coast! Weather is perfect, sunny and nice and cool. Today we will antique shop, browse around the town of Depoe Bay, and tonite take in the fireworks over Yaquina Bay from a fishing boat. A first for us, but doesn't it sound like fun? I hope all of you have a safe and fun 4th! Always, Kit