Friday, March 08, 2019

The Coast

After a weeks of sickness in the household (earlier this year) and week and a bit of snow... we knew we needed to "break out" of the house... everyone probably could have stayed in for a few more, but this Mama's sanity depended upon "getting out" of the house. Mid-winter break fell the week right after the week off from school from the snow, so I planned an escape to the decision EVER.

We haven't ventured too far since the twins were born. It wasn't on the top of our list, especially with so much nearby to keep us busy and explore... plus that first year, we were in complete survival mode, I mean, the hubby and I are GREATLY outnumbered in our household. However, with more and more trips we do locally, we noticed that our sweet babes, aren't such babes anymore, and boy do they have a heart for adventure as well.

We left super early in the morning... cereal bags packed for the littles to munch on along the way, book cd's for the drive to listen to, a thermos full of coffee for Mom and Dad... and made it to the western coast of Washington in 2 hours and 45 minutes. A state park, Cape Disappointment, in Longbeach, WA was our stop for the first day. We spent all day there, exploring the beach, walking to views over the water, eating our packed lunch in the dreamiest driftwood collection overlooking the lighthouse. It was a beautiful day, and the weather was completely favorable... we finished it off with a swim in the indoor pool at the lodge we stayed at, street tacos and the dreamiest sunset we've seen in awhile.

The next morning we took off to head into Oregon for a little bit before heading back to our neck of the woods. We wanted to just do a quick drive through some places that we hope to come back to, and explore in more depth. Those places were Astoria (yes yes, where they filmed "The Goonies") and Cannon Beach. We will for sure head back and explore more... but just taking in the sights was jaw dropping. We did stretch our legs at Cannon Beach... the coldness, the wetness (it had been raining), and the wind totally got to all of the kids (they only lasted for a few minutes). Their faces while snapping a few photos there, ACCURATELY depict their feelings towards Cannon Beach... BUT, hopefully our next trip there (a warmer time from now), will change their minds about it.

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