Anniversary & Spring Break Trip

Posted: March 29, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Last weekend, Natalie and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  It is hard to believe that 12 years have passed, but it is amazing to think of all of the adventures we have already shared!  This year, we packed up the minivan, loaded the kids and took an overnight trip to Newport on the Oregon Coast, by way of Roseburg for cousin Ava’s 1st birthday.

Allie Is Ready To Go

Allie Is Ready To Go

The road greeted us with slushy rain as we began our trip.  Despite the less than ideal weather, the drive went smoothly.  We arrived in Florence in time for lunch at Mo’s, where we each had a bowl of clam chowder and Allie ate saltine crackers.  Since the weather wasn’t cooperating for walking around old town Florence, we just got on 101 and headed north.  I absolutely love the scenery driving north from Florence, especially near Heceta Head and the Sea Lion Caves.  It is my favorite stretch of the coast.  Traffic was slow-ish, so we had lots of time to enjoy the view!

We arrived in Newport mid-afternoon and checked in to our hotel room.  The room was clean, comfortable and in a pretty good location, so was perfect for us. 

After we had unpacked, we hit the road again.  I have always wanted to visit the Rogue Brewery and I was finally able to on this trip.  Luckily, they were having a garage sale and I was able to pick up some swag on the cheap.  I got a couple Eugene City Brewery glasses (another Rogue Brewery in Eugene) and a Dead Guy Ale T-shirt.  We next walked around the brewery and bought a couple of beers to take with us.  I got a Chipotle and a red ale.  I wasn’t able to take the guided tour, but I found this on YouTube:

After my stop, we drove north to Lincoln City so that Natalie could go to the outlet mall.  Allie probably made out the best because Natalie found a good baby clothes sale.  After closing down the outlet mall, we were all getting hungry and found a seafood restaurant along the highway.  I had salmon and it was OK, but I could have cooked it better.  That sometimes happens when you’re the “Barbe-cutie” 😉

The next morning, I woke up early to take a run on the beach.  Here is a link to the map of my run.  It was a beautiful morning, although crisp, and it was my first time ever to run on the beach for exercise.  It was perfect!  I was still feeling strong at where I had planned to turn around, so I continued another 5 minutes.  On the return, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to run up the hill leaving the beach and the few others back to the hotel.

Rain But No Wind

Rain But No Wind

Once we got our fill at the complimentary continental breakfast, we went Geocaching and logged 2 of them before the rain started to pick up.  We then decided to grab some lunch before going to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  Unfortunately, the line to get in the aquarium was way too long to be waiting in the cold and rain, so we decided to explore elsewhere.  We tried our best to fly Grant’s new kite, but there were only sporadic gusts and lots of rain.  We, at least, got our picture taken with the kite.  Interestingly, the beach we were trying to fly the kite happened to be the place that I turned around on my run that morning. 

Yaquina Lighthouse

Yaquina Lighthouse

Anyway, we did finally find a fun indoor activity as we explored the Yaquina Lighthouse.  The Cape Cod style lighthouse was only used for 3 years before a new lighthouse was made a few miles up the coast.  The inside of the lighthouse was decorated how it would have looked when it was being used and gave an interesting insight into the life of the caretaker.  We all climbed to the top floor and explored every room before heading to the basement for a little video presentation.

On the way home, we stopped again in Florence, but this time we had an ice cream break at Dairy Queen because the kids were being such good travellers (and Natalie and I felt a little guilty about not getting to go to the aquarium).  For dinner, we stopped for Chinese at Lok Yaun in Eugene.  I forgot just how much food you get there, not to mention the complimentary ice cream afterward.

We all had a fun time and were grateful to be back in our own beds!

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