On Friday and Saturday, Asher and I were in Eugene (about an hour and a half south) for a Beth Moore Living Proof Live women’s conference. After doing a few Beth Moore Bible studies over the last couple years, I was SO excited about seeing her and hearing her speak live!! But, more on that later… My point being, after Asher and I were gone for a couple days, we wanted a good ol’ family day on Sunday.
Skyler had been tempting me with the Spirit Mountain Casino breakfast buffet for a few weeks. As a lover of all things buffet, I quickly threw out the idea of doing the breakfast buffet on the way to the coast, and just spending the whole day in Newport/Lincoln City then. Skyler, being a lover of all things beach, was sold on the idea in .2567 seconds. See what a great marriage we have? He loves beaches, I love buffets and we were willing to meet in the middle and do both. Wow. 🙂
I didn’t take any pics of the breakfast/lunch buffet because I was too busy stuffing my face. French toast with fruit, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, fried shrimp, fried oysters, vinegar mushrooms, egg rolls, oatmeal cranberry bars, raspberry tart crumbles, chocolate peanut butter bars. There was so so much more. THAT was simply a list of the things I ate. 🙂
Then onward another hour or so to Newport and the boys’ napped during the car ride.
We pulled up to a very sunny Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. This has always been one of my favorite spots on the coast. Although the beach is often sunny, hand in hand is also major wind. Not this weekend! We got out of the car in usual Oregon beach garb (pants, a sweater and a wind coat to throw on over top, but sandals because you ARE walking on sand after all) and was immediately ready to exchange my usual for a pair of shorts and t-shirt! It was so warm and not even a breeze!
We took the boys up to the lighthouse for the first time and walked around the little old home and showed Zeek the view of the beach, the jetty and the Newport bridge.
Then we got back in the car and headed to the other side of the bridge towards Old Historic Newport. My other favorite part of the Oregon coast. 🙂 The bay front, the beautiful bridge, the sea lion dock, the salt water taffy store, the boats, the powerful smell of fish and that particular Sunday, the glorious and warm SUN! Oh, I soaked it all in.
Zeek loves the sea lions so we stood at the docks and watched them for quite a while. Then we headed down to the boat docks and ended up chatting with a young family who had just gotten back from being on a fishing boat for 4 months. We’ve been finding lately that if we just open our mouths and greet people, you discover the most fascinating people!
After we walked around Old Newport for a while, we headed to the Devil’s Punchbowl/Otter Rock.
We frequent this beach often, but have never been there on such a warm day as this! Even right down on the beach, I was a little warm in my sweater! Zeek wore only jeans and a t-shirt and so did Skyler and Asher just had pants and a light jacket on. The wind was non-existent and I couldn’t remember being on the beach on a warmer day in the middle of the summer even. All Oregonians, you know how amazing this is. Be jealous. 😉
We played for 3 and a half hours in the sand with all of Zeek’s sand toys, digging for “crabs”, practicing whipping some fresh Bull Whip Kelp that was strewn about the beach and chasing each other up and down the beach.
As we sat on the beach, enjoying our beautiful Oregon scenery and God’s nature, we were reminded that no matter how bad the economy is or gets, we can always get outdoors and just enjoy the beauty of our state. 🙂
And THAT was the day that I went without a coat on the coast. Couldn’t have had any it any better.