I’ve been delaying this post for as long as I could because it’s very bittersweet. Today I finally went through my “Oregon” folder and relived all of the captured moments once again. I really miss my family and now when I’m done with the vacation posts I have to face the fact that they left 2 weeks ago. I will not give up so easily, and I decided to print a photobook with the trip photos, too! I’m looking forward to sorting through the photos again and including more pictures of the family in this project. #livingfarawayfromhomeishard
We stayed at Fantasea vacation rental in Lincoln City, OR and I’d be happy to go back again. We kind of blindly picked the place online, we were booking only 2 weeks in advance and it was really hard to find a big enough place in a good location on such a short notice. The house was huge, it’s just a block away from the beach and deer frequent its front lawn!
We didn’t do much on this last part of our grand trip: we ate seafood, collected agates on the beach during low tide, took scenic drives along the coast, watched the colorful sunsets, and the seals playing in the waves. Just what I imagine the perfect family time to be like. I’m actually surprised we didn’t visit the coast earlier during our two years in the Northwest.
It was very cold and windy the first day and I couldn’t believe I brought along two pairs of summer shorts! 55F on the coast accompanied by the freezing breeze felt very refreshing after 90F inland. Luckily, the coast gods were very kind to us and the weather changed for the better overnight, so the shorts weren’t the worst idea after all! It still would have been smarter to bring more layers and pants, no real need for the beach clothes.
A few food notes: local clam chowder is a must (we ate at Mo’s Restaurant the first night after arrival), so are fresh oysters (we got them at Safeway and those were the freshest and juiciest oysters I’ve ever bought at a grocery store.) Our house had a huge kitchen and an outdoor grill — with so many cooks in the family that was the perfect arrangement.
By the end of the trip, both Ben and I were convinced that we wanted to live in some place that has both an ocean coast and a mountain backdrop. Now we need to figure out if such place exists and when we can move there.