Now that you've stopped laughing here are the highlights of our trip. I'm currently writing a "how to travel with small children" post where I'll share the nitty gritty. Because honestly most of the trip was that. I chose to skip the pictures of screaming children and granola bar encrusted car seats.
So sit back and enjoy because despite the craziness we sure did!
We left our house on Monday September 15th. I started the day by backing into a car in a parking lot. Not exactly how I envisioned our departure. We had a sweet morning and the boys spent time with our neighbors as I took care of last minute details. Before lunch we made one last trip to our playground with our dear friends and tried to hold back the tears as we said goodbye. Fail.
We left around 2pm and in true fashion we didn't have a hotel reservation. I assumed we wouldn't have much trouble since school was in session and summer was over. Thankfully we were able to get a wonderful room at The Lighthouse Inn in Cannon Beach. It was such a blessing after such an emotional morning and week!
We wanted to walk on the beach that night but hunger won. We got a quick bite and then headed back to the hotel. I was pretty excited to find that the huge tub had jets AND they provided bath salts. After 3 years of living in a house where the tub was too small and the water never got hot I was so very grateful.
We got up the next morning and had a sumptuous breakfast. Then we headed to walk on the beach!
I bought Stafford a "spotting scope" and Reed a pair of binoculars for the trip. They were a hit!
And could that mustache jacket be any cuter? He loves it!
Cannon Beach was beautiful. It is a favorite vacation spot of some of our favorite people from Tacoma so it was fun to go there in person. West Coast beaches are gorgeous and we just marveled at the fact that there were mountains (hills?) right there on the beach!
Haystack Rock. Of Goonies fame.
I loved seeing the reflection of the rocks in the water.
Scoping out the rock from afar.
I finally figured out how to use the panoramic option on my phone. Prepare for panormia!! (Apparently that's a word because spell check didn't check it. I thought I had made one up and I was really excited. You know like panoramic-mania. Darn!)
A view of the beach looking south from the rock.
Reedster loved his binoculars. He kept holding them up and saying "Say Cheese!"
When we say Haystack for the first time Reed looked at it and said, "That's a big rock!"
We spent all morning here and then headed South on Highway 101!