Monday, July 19, 2010

July 18th - The Oregon Coast

What a site to see – that first view of the Pacific Ocean after over 4600km.

We left Washington State at 8 o’clock this morning and headed south into Oregon. At Route 20 we turned west and drove out to Route 101 – the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s been a long drive – but an fortunate opportunity for the four of us to spend a significant amount of time together. Our “home” lives, like most parents, is hectic to say the least. I am enjoying the time with my three girls….whether we are walking, biking, driving…or just sitting together enjoying each others company.

Sophia and Jessica have handled the driving days of this trip very well – much better than I had thought possible. Never once have either of them asked “Are we there yet” or “why are we driving again today”. We’ve only had a couple of very long days rolling – and they were at the start of this trip. Our drives now are typically under 5 hours in any one day, which is fairly easy to handle. We are trying to stay in one place a minimum of two days now – but for as long as a week at a time. We don’t want all of our memories to be about driving!!

These past few weeks have also given Sunny and I a view ahead to retirement. While this seems like a long way off, I think we both see our retirement together including some time every year in an RV. The pace would need to be a bit slower than we are doing it now, but the wandering lifestyle certainly holds some allure for us both. Sunny puts it best: “Our house may be small, but our backyard is huge!”

We are camped for the nights of July 18th and 19th at Seal Rocks RV Park, just south of Newport, OR. It is a lovely small RV park with under 40 sites, I believe. Our site is carved into the hillside and we can see the ocean from our windows. What a nice spot. We’ve done our groceries for the week (at Safeway) and have already made two trips down to the beach. There are a number of tide pools near us and we are looking forward to exploring them a bit better once the tide is out – hopefully first thing in the morning. The weather could be warmer – they daily high is only about 15 degrees Celsius. There’s no swimming here – the water is freezing. That hasn’t deterred our Jessica, of course – she’s already been in past the bottom of her skort and was sure surprised at the water temperature!!

Jessica’s joke of the day – What did the Atlantic Ocean say to the Pacific Ocean?

Nothing, it just waved!

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