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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Oregon Coast

Tomorrow is the day.  We're tossing our suitcases in the Kia Soul and headed to Lincoln City, Oregon, for a few days.  We live one and one-half hours from the cold Pacific Ocean but haven't been over there in several years.  I've said it many times, and I'll say it again....we live in one of the world's most amazingly perfect corners of the universe.  Cold Pacific Ocean winds, wild rain and wind, tall 100-year-old trees, lots of moss and green, whales, rocky cliffs, coffee shops, art galleries, and and and.  The list goes on and on.  It will be Mason's first trip ever to the ocean.  Portland sits at the north end of the Willamette Valley.  From the valley we go westward up and over Oregon's Coast Range and back down the other side to sea level. 100 miles from our house. 

It's no secret that we love our road trips.  For us, it's a time of decompression.  Away from airports, uniforms, and schedules.  We live and breathe most of our lives by a clock.  And in spite of the fact that we are both wildly organized and typically energized for going places and doing things, we always appreciate not having a schedule.  Coffee shops are our thing.  We don't need Macy's or a mall.  Or even a laptop or iPad.  What we do need is each other -- and Mason.  It's almost someone's birthday so it will give us a leg-up on celebrating it.  Plus it's nearly the would-be birthday of his late mother who passed away just last November.  I imagine that will be a difficult day.

All of that to say that we're escaping for a bit of time.  Nothing complicated, or planned, or fancy.  We're not really fancy people.  But we're going to be Oregon Coast people....even for just a few days.

15 comments:

LSL said...

I hope you three have a wonderful time away recharging and just spending time as a family.

Jim said...

Have a great time! I love the Oregon coast, it's so beautiful!

CJ/Rick said...

Well I've never had the pleasure of seeing the Oregon coast. But I was shocked to see eastern Oregon as I drove to CA from Weiser, Idaho. It's so unlike your west coast area.
I hope you have a wonderful time. My neighbor has a new Soul and they are larger than I thought. You two lean bodies and Mason will be most comfy I'm sure. Drive safe!

Ur-spo said...

I am mad jealous!
WHen mhy brother lived in Portland, he took us out the the OR coast; I thought it lovely.

Annie said...

Oh he will LOVE the ocean! Please please please send me a video! How exciting.

Wayne said...

Have a great trip!

Cubby said...

I hope you take some great pics to show us. This may sound silly, but when I was a kid and saw the movie "The Goonies" and they showed a lot of the beautiful Oregon coast (or at least they said it was), I resolved to someday visit and see it with my own eyes. I looks breath-taking.

cb said...

Oooo, I'm jealous! I love the supertropical rainforest pacific NW.

It's so cool and lush and ... fresh feeling.

Have fun!

Stephen said...

Within an hour of Portland: Mountains, The Columbia River Gorge, The Pacific Ocean & High Desert. How lucky are we?

I hope you are restored by your trip.

Greg said...

I miss the Pacific Northwest! Enjoy your time at the coast!

BosGuy said...

Wow that looks absolutely breathtaking. I hope you two can enjoy your time away - it seems like Nature is giving you all the inspiration one would need.

bardelf said...

I've never seen Oregon in person, but would love to do so. You guys have a great trip!

Mimi said...

Color me jealous! I had a friend who worked for animal control there years ago when I lived in Portland. Fond memories of visiting her,with the exception of my dog rolling in the remains of a dead sea lion, so you might want to keep a good eye on Mason.
Have fun and relax you two!

Rick said...

Cannon Beach has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Bridge Journey said...

I very much love and miss the Oregon coast! Maybe I will get to see it when I am there next month. A place of respite and renewal for sure.
Hope your trip was a great one!