This summer we took our first genuine family vacation since we had kids. We have had obligatory trips to Disneyland and a quick jaunt to the beach here and there, but no real vacation. It was like so many of those beach or lake vacations of yesteryear with little interaction with technology and lots of time spent running in the sun, staying up too late and eating all kids of wonderful food. Such a wonderful summer gift.
We stayed at an amazing house right on the bay, and everyone played in the water, went digging for clams, and dropped crab traps all day. By night we roasted marshmallows and sat in the hot tub looking at the stars. On the rare occasions when we felt the need to leave our little hideaway, we were greeted with the most amazing sights and sounds that the Puget Sound has to offer.
We took a few extra days on the way home and ambled down the Oregon coast after visiting with some of our dear friends in Portland and meeting their unbelievably cute new pug. We saw some of the most enjoyable parts places and we took the coastal train from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beachand made the obligatory stop at the cheese factory as well as finding some hidden gems along the way. One of which was Garibaldi, one of those Oregon coastal towns so small if you blink you might miss it but it well worth the stop.
I hope you all get to experience a vacation like this some day; these are the kinds of vacations that restore the soul.
Here is a list of some of our favorite places from the trip as well as the wonderful house we stayed in:
Our wonderful beach hideaway
Amazing currant muffin recipe (she also has a good point about cooking shows)
How To dig for clams
How to go crabbing
Community Supported Fisheries Oregon Coast
Harborview Inn (the most pleasant surprise lodging I have every had)
Tillimook Cheese Factory Tour Info
Oregon Coast Train
Filter Free Zone
Everything is put through a filter before it gets to us these days. This will be a space where photos will be unfiltered, simple projects will be showcased and more difficult ones will not be portrayed as things that only took a few minutes. This will be a place where I show in photos and short posts some of the things that inspire my family and business. I hope that you will be inspired to try something different!