Sunday, October 19, 2008

Trip for two

This year for our Anniversary we went to our condo at the Oregon Coast. We don't get to go there much, but it so great and we love it when we do get to go.

We happen to be driving South towards Eugene, and we saw what looked like people going in to a sea cave. Being the recovering Skeerdy Cat, I told Shawn that we should give it a whirl.
So we climbed down this hill.

That was so steep but there were folks my parents age doing it too ! Can't be outdone by the Baby Boomers!

The so called cave in on my right, it was not a cave, but it was still fun to go adventuring.

It was like a secret cove, there were a lot of people that thought the same thing as well. It was crowded with mostly older folks!

Then we went to Devils Churn State Park. It is a natural cave that sets waaay back, so when the waves come in , it churns the water and then spits it back out. Also a very crowded and popular tourist spot.
What most folks come for are the tide pools. Some of the most beautiful tide pools on Earth. I could look at them all day, but the tide WAS coming IN, so we had to act fast.

This poor little star fish was clinging on for dear life on the cave wall. reminds me of the Starfish in Finding Nemo.
" Happy Place" " Happy Place"

The pool water washed back for about three seconds and I was able to get this amazing photo.
Too bad the weather wasn't nicer. I think my photos would have turned out clearer.

Shawn is literally standing on the precipice of the edge. He wanted his picture taken with a big wave coming in, we took several but this was the best one.

Next stop. Heceta Head Lighthouse State Park and Historical site. We did the tour, and it was so educational and insightful. Those Light keepers worked so hard, for very little, and just total isolation in the Winter. Not sure if I love Shawn enough for that lifestyle !

This is inside the light itself. IT is beautiful and to me it's art and irreplaceable as American History. One of the glass lenses was broken during a cleaning and the cost to get it replaced was in the thousands. THey had to wait for low tide to take their wagons along the beach to get to civilazation for supplies. All the building supplies came in by boat and unloaded on the beack and brought UP the hill by Mules. I mean UP, the beach is way below and light house is straight up the ridge.

This is one of the caretakers homes. This is the style of home I want someday with the big front porch, white paint, lots of windows, picket fence... You get the idea.

Our final stop was in Eugene, to see Jack and Beth. It has been a year since Mitch and Margaret brought them home from Thailand. I just love these kids, they are so fun, full of energy and loving. We brought them Salt Water Taffy, not sure how much their Mom and Dad appreciated it.
We had a fabulous Anniversary weekend, it was so great to spend time alone with Shawn doing what we both love doing, being in nature, learning from history, picture taking, and visiting friends. It just doesn't get any better than that! We ate at great restaurants, had good converstations, and truly looked back on our five years of marriage as " gone by too fast".
Hug your spouse today and don't take one day for granted.


Kathi said...

Jocelyn, What an awesome surprise to see you and Michelle at the wedding. YOu both look so great.

Wow, your trip to the coast looks like so fun. Happy Monday to you. Hugs, Kathi

Sharon said...

What a great time with your hubby! What a wonderful anniversary get away weekend. It looks like a lot of fun.

Thank you so much for coming to the wedding! I loved seeing you and Michelle again! We really must try to get together again! I am so glad that you guys got to share the big day with us!

Hugs, Sharon

jennifer said...

Love the photos! Looks like it was a real adventure.

And the kiddos are adorable.