We experienced the Oregon Coast fully and I've got sand in my car, a cherry colored forehead, goldfish crackers squished into car seats and a very happy heart, to prove it. Now that we're home and slightly settled back in, I'm so looking forward to sipping my tea and reflecting back on this family vacation.
Paisley grabbed at the sand and then slowly let it sift through her fingers. It was like she wanted to keep holding onto it but, also to watch how it drifted away at the same time.
As we approached the water for the first time, Judah grabbed Paisley's hand. They normally don't get along well but, when it comes to looking out for his sister, Judah takes it seriously.
Here's a great tip for traveling with young children and staying in a hotel room with them: Bring a sheet and use push pins to hang it between your bed and their playpen (or whatever their sleeping in). Obviously hang the sheet at the last minute so, no one pulls it down but seriously, if your kids aren't used to sleeping in the same room as you, this will really help!
We hung the sheet so, Paisley wouldn't be able to see us and want us to get her up and since both of the kids were so tired from a long day of traveling and playing, we all slept well!
First hotel experience as a family of four-----not bad at all!
The next morning we woke up to cloudy skies so, we decided to briefly drive through the town of Cannon Beach and then go explore the Tillamook Cheese Factory.
I'd been to the Tillamook factory before but, it was seriously like at least 15 years ago and I forgot how totally cool this place is.
I loved their cheese before but, now I love it even more. This factory is clean, clean, clean and the employees were so nice! Who knew watching folks make cheese could be this fun?!
Tillamook totally catered to the kids and that was another thing that made it fun. In the bathrooms, they had hand driers that were down low, and outside they had this fun (and free!) fishing game with prizes. It's the little things like this that make a place memorable.
On the way back from Tillamook we hiked down to a beach called Oswald West. Apparently, it's a really popular beach for surfers. Walking through the woods with the kids was super fun. Judah was such a trooper, as the walk was almost a mile each way and I enjoyed having Paisley on my back. I haven't used my Ergo in a long time and I forgot how fun it can be to carry her.
Later in the evening, we visited the Carousel Mall in Seaside. Riding on the carousel was a first for both of the kids and they loved it. I look totally ridiculous in this picture but, it pretty much captures the moment perfectly. I was ridiculously excited. It was really special to be there with them.
After the carousel mall and some window shopping, we headed to dinner and then back to get some rest.
Tomorrow I'll write about our day playing on Cannon Beach, visiting Rockaway and about the train ride that we took in Rockaway.