Kenzie and Topher decided that she (Kenzie) should write a blog post about our time on the coast and while Kenzie is entertaining, she is not very elaborate, so I thought I might expand on our last week. Please forgive our ridiculousness. We have had very little human contact in the last few weeks!
After leaving Sequim, we spent a big day journeying down the Washington coast. We had planned on staying at a campground on the beach along the way, but a Friday night mid-summer and everything was booked up. We crossed the border into Astoria, OR around 10pm and decided to call it a night in the Fred Meyer parking lot (King Sooper’s bigger, better cousin for you Coloradans!) We’ve been sleeping in the car alot through our trip but to use the full back area, we have to get our bins, table and cooler out of the car. That seemed a little sketchy in a parking lot, so I curled up horizontally in Kenzie’s space behind the front seats, Topher reclined the passenger seat and Kenzie was a trooper and squished in the driver’s seat with the steering wheel as a pillow. It was a pretty sleepless night, but we perservered. It was an early morning, fueled by Dutch Bros, but we found a picnic area overlooking Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock and made a big breakfast. It was absolutely beautiful! We played on the beach and had a marvelously good time.
We continued down the beach to Rockaway, where Topher’s family vacationed when he was a kid. It was fun to revisit the shops and beaches and places he remembered from his childhood.
After a brief detour to Seaside, we found a nice campsite in the National Forest near Pacific City and spent two nights there. We toured the Tillamook cheese factory and went to the Tillamook air museum and went to Munson Falls. We watched the sunset from a beach in Pacific City that cars could drive up on the sand, which was really neat!
Our final day on the coast, we visited Yaquina Head Lighthouse outside of Newport. The tide was out and the tide pools were full of orange and red starfish and purple urchins. I love the way the round, black, perfectly smooth rocks that make up the beach sound when the waves wash over them.
We had lunch at Mo’s in Florence, which I remember from family vacations when I was a kid, and browsed the shops and ate our fill of fresh salt water taffy. We spent the evening on the beach. Topher dug holes and Kenzie helped, until she saw a seagull and caved the hole back in. We picked up THE MOST LIFESAVING TIP from a young family on the beach, baby powder makes sand magically disappear! Sandy fur, sandy toes, sandy hair, baby powder rids the sand and makes everyone feel soft and smell nice. Kenzie got doused in it.
We’re a little behind on blogging, so will post more soon, but enjoy the pictures of our few days on the coast in the meantime!