WEDNESDAY June 26, 2012
Today we left work early to beat the traffic out of Seattle for our 4+ hour drive to Oceanside, Oregon. We stopped in Portland for a bite to eat at Chop Butchery & Charcuterie for a good sandwich.
We ended up making better time than the 3 other families we were planning to meet at our rented beach house on the Oregon coast.
In Tillamook, we drove by the air museum. The building was a wooden hanger built in 1942 to house blimps. It is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the WOLRD! 1,072ft long x 296ft wide x 192ft high. That’s over 7 acres of area!
THURSDAY June 27, 2013
This morning we all went down to the beach. Joe got Jacob to go for a run with him. Others went as well. The mist made for a pretty soaking wet run south to Netarts Bay. Others had a wet walk on the north side.
Joe looking good getting ready to sling the football to Jacob on the wet beach
The kids in the Loaf Love Tour bus
FRIDAY June 28, 2013
Today we went to Oceanside Beach.
Chance running to Paxton
Looking back from the sandy beach
The girls were troopers even stranding themselves with their cameras on the other side of the rock. This passerby sure was a nice man to aid us getting back to shore in one piece with dry cameras.
Sunset on Oceanside Beach
Evidence of yesterday’s stupidity: really bad sunburn & a stubbed big toe that I busted open after hitting a rock walking back from the bonfire in the dark on the sandy beach
Today we drove down to Lincoln City since a good majority of us had sunburns and needed to protect ourselves from more direct rays
Scenic drive overlook
That’s Oceanside and Three Arch Rock National Wildlife Refuge in the distance
Joe bought a kite in Lincoln City. Kite building time
Jackie helping launch the kite
Solon’s turn flying the kite
Joe helping launch the kite
A man and his toys
That’s one happy kid, cough I mean man, with his toy purchase
Crazy kids swimming in the cold Pacific Ocean
Dinner on the beach
Off for the races to get through the tunnel to the other side of the beach for the shoreline seastacks
Sunset at Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge
Rocky shoreline sunset
The amount of birds here are a clear indication why this area is a wildlife refuge.
Bird & rock silhouette
Rocks in sunset haze
I love this small hole in this rock formation
Waves crashing on the rocks
One final shot looking back at another beautiful sunset from the tunnel to Oceanside beach
Campfire on the beach
SUNDAY June 30, 2013
Before leaving the beach house and our families parted ways, we took a fun group photo with crazy hats on.
Crazy hat group photo
We began our long drive south to Redwoods in northern California.
We stopped in Pacific City, to see the ‘other’ haystack rock.
Our next pit stop, the Devil’s Punchbowl….except we hit it at low tide. No crazy churning crashing waves on the hole for us.
Our next pit stop was for lunch at Cape Perpetua.
The Spouting Horn in Cook’s Chasm wasn’t blasting due to low tide but there were some cool tide pools.
The Oregon coast is so beautiful!
Good Fortune Cove
Bright moss tidepools
Bright orange rocks
We pulled over at an overlook to see Heceta Head Lighthouse.
Our next detour to stretch our legs was a short hot stint on John Dellenback Dunes Trail
Somewhere cool along the coast that I can’t remember where now
We kept driving past other cool locations to save time to stop at must-stops along Samuel H Boardman State Park. Our luck, this is when the cloud & heavy fog started rolling in.
We ate pizza for dinner at Zola's Pizzeria in Brookings before heading across the border into California for a next 2 nights in the Redwood National Park.