Monday, July 16, 2012

Trip to the Oregon Coast

This last weekend we took a road trip to visit some friends of Zac's that he used to work for in Mossyrock, the Anderson's.  They currently live just north of Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast - by far the longest drive for the kids thus far.  It was such a great trip and everyone did really well.

Looking out at the ocean from Depoe Bay

We woke up super early, 6am, on Saturday to leave by 7am.  I love that this is considered early for us - another one of the joys of working from home and homeschooling, we don't try to force ourselves to be morning people, because we are not!  We packed books, sticker pages, coloring sheets, lacing cards, and snacks in the car - but they hardly got used.  We didn't take the fastest route to the Anderson's because, as everyone knows, if you are going anywhere near the Oregon coast you MUST stop at the Tillamook cheese factory for a tour and free samples!  We left with free ice cream samples and a package of squeaky cheese.

The kids promptly fell asleep after this stop and woke up as we were pulling into the Anderson's driveway.   Gordon and Carolyn are such a sweet retired couple, with no grand kids of their own, so I think they really enjoyed watching our two crazies run around.  Carolyn is a wonderful cook and we ate way to much.  Lots of good conversation and visiting was had by all.  The kids did not sleep well and we ended up needing to split them up - Kyla with me and Keanan with Zac - so they would leave each other alone and actually sleep!

After a wonderful breakfast the next morning Gordon took us up the river on their boat.  The river runs into a bay and then into the ocean, they live on the bay.  It was a neat ride and the kids really enjoyed it.  We then packed up our things and said goodbyes.  After a yummy clam chowder lunch in Depoe Bay and a visit to Devils Punch Bowl, we headed toward Portland.  Again, the kids slept most of the way to Portland =).  We stopped for dinner at an awesome Thai restaurant in downtown Portland - so yummy! - and after a few more bathroom stops, finally made it home last night around 9pm.  Whew!

Devils Punch Bowl

Semi-long road trip with kids = success!


  1. Yay! It can be really fun to travel with little ones- so thankful it went well for you guys:)

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