Trip to the Coast

Late summer, the final week, and we finally got a mini vacation.  My husband, son and I went to Pacific City / Cape Kiwanda Oregon.  Now, I have to admit that I hate the drive down there.  I-5 South from Seattle is a bland trip no matter what they make it look like in movies!  Heavy traffic in Portland prevented a quick stop to see a new friend.  It’s a 6 hour drive and almost every time we do it I complain about how we could fly to Hawaii in that time!  But when you arrive?  Well, Pacific City has just what you need, Pelican Pub and Brewery, a coffee shop of course, a surf shop and a stand with super yummy fish tacos.

It also has some amazing scenery….

My husband did a lot of surfing but I was left ashore….the waves were several feet overhead.  Too formidable for my beginner surf skills.  We did a lot of beach walking and took in the views.  So wonderful!

sea stack off the beach in Pacific City
the huge dune on Cape Kiwanda
My son and I exploring below Proposal Rock
The curve of beach at Pacific City from  halfway up the dune

Buh-Bye

Monday morning when I took the dog out it was 42 degrees. I actually put on my puffy down jacket. The leaves are changing in the hills. We had had a few days of rain, mist and clouds. It’s that comfy grey blanket that many of us in the NW like to pull up over ourselves!  It’s a “relief”, so “relaxing” and we “love it”. Yes, those are the things I heard, this is what we say about the rain…. And just like that, snap! summer is over.   I’m gonna say, here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?…. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!…It wasn’t my favorite summer, that’s for sure.

A few final images of the season, and then?  On to Fall!  I am looking forward to pleasant temps for running, some trips to the coast, flannels and hoodies, just enough sunny days and pumpkin ales!

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You need rain for rainbows!

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1956 23-window VW Micro Bus at the Lucky Car Collector auction

Scout, one more stick. I’m so glad he had this season of fetching sticks in the lake!

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No more waiting, they’re here!