Ocean – Mission Accomplished

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More than a year ago I figured out a compromise (between me and my pocket book) relating to my goal of living at the coast for a full year.  I wanted to see every season, experience the changing tides.

My husband and I began a year long adventure of staying, once a month, 3 days and 2 nights at the coast in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Mission Accomplished!

Because posts can be organized in this fashion, I decided to link all 12 months to this post.  This has been a great adventure.  I want to thank those who have followed along with us.

October: Fox Fun

November: A year at the coast (not really)

December: December Ocean

January:  January Ocean

February:  February Ocean

March:  March Ocean

April:  April Ocean

May:  May Ocean

June:  June Ocean

July:  July Ocean

August:  August Ocean – Sunshine and Laughter

September:  September Ocean

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September Ocean

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As busy as last month was at the coast, it was equally busy in September.  Hubs and I drove out on a Sunday, around noon, and are shocked with the traffic leaving.  “I wonder if they know something we don’t,” I teased.

Once at our cozy hotel, The Sandcastle, we chatted with the host at the front desk.  She said that the last two weekends had been full for the hotel and the entire town.  There appears to be an app (of course there is) that let’s one know hotel availability.  Well, the town has been full up the last few weekends.

We unpacked and knew we’d be in for a rainy three days.  Rain does not spoil the coast, it is just a different way to enjoy it.

It was hard to keep up with the weather Sunday and Monday since it changed so quickly.

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There was something brewing from the north and we could see rain showers through the clouds.  “Our” seal went back and forth peeking at anyone who strolled by.  Hubs went out a couple of times to gather rocks or shells and spend time near the ocean’s edge.

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We usually close the drapes when it turns dark, because we have learned from experience that if you leave the drapes and lights on….your large window becomes a TV show for those on the beach.  But Monday night was different.  We heard about a storm moving in and learned there might be lightening.

I understand that this is no big deal for those used to thunder storms.  But in the valley, we get lightening and thunder about three times a year, if that.  We were eager for a show.

The thunder rolled and the lightening struck, zig-zagging into the ocean from time to time.  Mostly, we saw lights behind clouds, but it was still very exciting.  It was a first for us both.

Tuesday morning around 7 AM we heard what sounded like a bolt of lightening and then hail descended.  I was first to the window, cell phone in hand.  Hubs was growling in the bedroom about the light switch.  What???

Then we tried another then another.  No electricity.  We tried to call the desk.  No phone, no wifi.  Hummmmm.  Hubs went down to the office and learned the whole hotel had lost power.  Not only that, the town along main street had lost power as well.

We bundled up and just enjoyed the view.  The electricity was back on within three hours, so we felt rather lucky.

The storm had re-arranged the view.  New rivulets twisted to the north.  Tiny pipers and large seagulls alike were feasting.  Mounds of seaweed had been tossed on the sand.

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The tide, which had been a good distance from the hotel, delivered a huge trunk near the back door.  Click on the link below to see a wave I caught from our hotel window.

Video of wave after storm.

We left at 11:00 feeling rejuvenated, another wonderful three days at the coast.

August Ocean – Sunshine and Laughter

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We went all out at the coast this month with three generations under one roof.  Luck was with us as we enjoyed blue skies, incredible views, and non-stop action morning to night.

We shared three precious days and two nights in Lincoln City, Oregon.  There was beach walking and exploring, hot tubing with papa, movie nights, and the very famous traditional talent show.

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With spaghetti feasts and breakfast sausages…no one went hungry.

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Robert and “the boys” rescued a ladybug.

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The cousins were introduced to “The Princess Bride.”

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The Saturday Talent Show included everything from tap dancing to rap, with some juggling, magic tricks, and group participation thrown in.

Each night when the kids were tucked in, the adults played “Spinner Dominoes” and laughed until we farted….I mean cried.

Sunday morning found us all talking about how long it took for the weekend to get here and how fast it all went.  We didn’t want to leave (there was some talk about time travel).

It was a weekend of memories.

 

August Weather is Mocking my Brother

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My brother flew into PDX today (required picture of PDX carpet).  He had it all worked out.  Since Kansas is soooo very hot and humid in the summer, he planned to escape the weather and spend some time with his Pacific NW family.

Mother nature had other plans.  Kansas is having temperatures in the high 70’s while the valley is experiences a heat wave….mid 90’s.

As he left the airport he laughed out loud.  “This feels familiar,” he stated as we were hit by the humid heat.

Worse, the traffic coming home was at a crawl.  We finally pulled off in Wilsonville and ate dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant.  Weather would not dampen our spirits.

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Tomorrow he heads to the coast where the weather is to be mid-60’s !  Yes, finally he will experience the cool weather of Oregon.

Be kind to my brother, Oregon Coast.  No more surprises.

 

A Summer Drive

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Hubs and I took off Sunday on a mini-road trip.  We stopped by a food cart and had a picnic lunch of lavender lemonade and grilled cheese sandwiches.  After enjoying our meal, we kept going…weaving through little towns that we had not visited in years.  It was amazing to me how housing developments appeared to have cropped up overnight.

We visited a small town called “Falls City” which to our observation had neither a fall or city.  As tiny of a town as it is….. it is the home of an incredible bakery and there was quite an event going on. The last Sunday of each month in the summer, they have a community pizza party.  We talked to some there and people come from miles just to buy these pizzas.  It was standing room only (inside and out) so we were on our way.

We explored a couple of other towns before coming home.  Sunshine and the open road…a summer treat.

 

July Ocean

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Blue skies, few clouds….is this really Oregon?  Why yes it is.  As sunny as it looks, it was chilly outside.  This does not make it any less wonderful.

This month was different in that family came to visit during our stay.

Sister Patti came by to chat, walk the beach, and do some business on the coast.

Niece Carrie made her yearly trip to hug on family and enjoy the joys of Oregon.  This gal had been very busy this summer.  She and her sister, Renee, took a whirl-wind trip through Ireland and added on a trip to London.  Carrie sold her house and bought another, then flew from Kansas to Oregon to see us.  She was to return home, move into her new house, unpack, then begin teaching.  Busy, busy.

While in London, Carrie had a run-in: knee vs. cobblestone.  The cobblestone won. Carrie really didn’t have time to slow down so just kept moving.  Once she slowed down, her knee made itself heard.

Let’s just say that the Lincoln City Emergency Room is getting to know us on a first name basis.  The knee doubled in size and the pain got too much to ignore.  In we went in for x-rays.

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Her smile is fake.  The pain is real and the doctor was not playing.  Carrie got a lesson on walking with crutches and her Oregon trip slowed WAY down.  Still, she was at the ocean and enjoyed every minute looking out the window at the beautiful view.

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Even with the change of plans, we told stories, shared, and laughed as we watched a most glorious sunset.

NOTE:  I hurt my knee trying to get into a truck that was higher than I thought it would be, so we were both limping.  Major props go to my wonderful husband who, without one complaint, packed the car, unloaded everything, loaded it all again at the end of the stay, and drove everywhere.  Carrie and I voted him Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the trip.  Thank you, sweetie.  The trip would not have happened without you.

NOTE: Carrie, I miss you already.

June Ocean

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A little warmer, a little busier….our June stay at the coast was lovely.  We didn’t get out as much, having such an incredible view from our hotel room.  I tell Robert that we have the biggest flat-screen anyone could hope for.

There is something about being away.  Although I procrastinate…when at home I always have this mental to-do list that vexes me.  It taps my shoulder as if to say this or that should be attended to.  But in a hotel room, there is no to-do list.

We each had interesting books to read and I split my time between the view and reading.  What a delight!

Even when one is not facing the ocean, the sounds tempt you to take a mid-day nap.

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The waves seemed rather far out even at high tide.  I awoke early on Thursday morning to see what low tide really looked like.  It looked as if the ocean had been peeled back in the night. Birds circled to see what was uncovered.  Folks were out with buckets and bags scanning the rocks for treasures.

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Our seal did not show, but on the first day I saw a whale spout.  I watched the journey south to north as I saw one spout after another.  I never saw a back or tail, but I’m sure it was a whale.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The 26 mph wind challenged some of the walkers.  We watched a couple with trick kites almost lift off the sand.  Equally entertaining were the two kite surfers who took advantage of the wind to propel them on the water.

At one point I looked up from my book and was rewarded with two beautiful horses galloping up the beach.  One rider took care of her horse and steered the other with such grace.  They moved together to avoid waves and runners.  They took my breath away. Most entertaining were the dogs  and little ones who were beyond excited about being on the beach.  Dogs pulled at leashes yearning to all out run.  Little ones played tag with the waves.

This year-long vacation has been so satisfying.  Three more months and we will have reached our goal of staying at the coast once a month for a full year.