Wednesday evening, Cris was able to leave work early so we hit the road as soon as we were packed and ready to go. We drove to Pendleton, and stayed with his sweet grandma for the night. Thursday morning we got up around 6 a.m. and headed for Tillamook. I have to say that I enjoyed not being in a hurry to get to our destination. Driving was all part of the adventure, which is rare in my book. We stopped at Multnomah Falls and hiked up to the 611 foot tall water fall, took some pictures and enjoyed the beautiful view. About 30 miles out, we had to make a pit stop while driving through the windy roads of the Tillamook State Forest to wash Chloe's carseat out in the river... poor kiddo got carsick and threw up twice on the way to Pendleton, then twice on the second leg of our journey. Karson also got sick once, which left us with no more bags to catch the puke in... all I can say is that I'm thankful there was a washer and dryer at our hotel!
We were too early to check in, so we had a late lunch at Pelican Brewery. Karson and Cris played shuffleboard, and I chased Chloe around. None of us could be happier to be out of the car. After lunch we were able to check into our room, then Cris and the kids went swimming. I sat in the hot tub for a bit, then Chloe and I hung out in the sauna (we were pretty stoked about that amenity). When the kids were done swimming, Cris took us to see Cape Meares lighthouse and the Octopus tree. Both were amazing! We swung by Oceanside Beach afterwards, then had some dinner (Main Street Pizza in Tillamook- best food we had all weekend!) and headed to bed.
Friday morning, we decided to rent a little boat and go crabbing. Karson loved it! He got to throw the buoys out and help reel them back in. He also had the job of catching the crabs that escaped and tossing them back out of the boat. Chloe and I were pretty great spectators ;-) The bay we were in had a beach where seals like to hang out, so we drove past them and watched them sunbathe and play in the water... so fun! At the end of our 2 hours, Cris threw all our pots in one last time and ended up catching 2 crabs that were big enough to keep (he pulled in tons of crabs, but they had all been too small until we pulled in our last pot)! We went back to the docks, and they cooked our crabs for us right on the spot. Cris and Karson got the honors of eating the hearts... yuck!
|The Candyman Store|
|Tillamook Cheese Factory|
|Playground break in Pendleton|
|Oceanside Beach sunset|
|Shuffleboard at Pelican Brewery|
|Cape Meares Lighthouse|
|Waiting to go crabbing|
|Sweet kitties at the crabbing dock|
|Look at all those crabs!|
|Beginning of the Oceanside Beach sunset|
|Little swimmer :)|
|Just playin' in the sand|