February is a hard month. Spring feels like it is on the doorstep, and we are sick of being cooped up and winter. The kids get antsy to play outside, and the parents are antsy to send them out more to limit the bickering from living in close quarters for a few months. So, in this state we sat when we got a call from Paul’s Aunt saying that her beach house was available weekend before last. We were estatic, the perfect getaway from the winter duldrums. We loaded up the children Friday afternoon after school and by 5:00 we were speeding happily on our way to the coast.
Hotdogs roasted in the fireplace along with s’mores were the order of the night as we huddled together on the couch, warming up with the rest of the house, as we watched a movie. Morning arrived quickly and with excited kids hopping about we started the events of the day. There was playing, relaxing, a bit of snooing, some gallavanting, and definitely beach walking.
Our gallavanting took us to Depoe Bay, home of many tourist shops and mouth watering salt water taffy.
We picked up a flock of seagulls somewhere along the way -heh 🙂
We made sure to stop in at the Whale watching station and learn about the whales that travel the Oregon Coast. We got to watch a reall cool video and the kids were fascinated with the binoculors provided. Though there were no whales to be sighted this time of year, the coast guard was out doing training. It was fun to watch as one boat towed the other across the bar, under the bridge and into the bay.
Soon it was lunch time and kids were beginning to rub their eyes so we headed back for lunch, and naps. But, before we had to return home we made sure we headed out to the beach in between rain showers.
Too soon it was time to go back home, but it relieved the cooped in feeling and was a blast. 🙂