Vacation – II

Today is our last day on the Oregon coast, and I can already tell that leaving will be hard on all of us. Deb commented that she thinks Li has laughed more this week than she has ever before… every single wave that catches us results in a delighted laugh.

Today is our last day on the Oregon coast, and I can already tell that leaving will be hard on all of us, but probably especially for Li. Deb commented that she thinks Li has laughed more this week than she has ever before… every single wave that catches us results in a delighted laugh. It has been a very relaxing week of doing very little: lots of time just walking and playing on the beach, chasing (and being chased by) waves, watching the surf continuously sculpt and change the beachscape. Where yesterday was our last full day here (we head south to Newport today and then to Albany to see friends this evening before starting for home on Saturday), we pretty much did nothing but hanging out yesterday and played on the beach as much as Li wanted to.

Deb and Li on the sandstone bluff at Cape Kiwanda
Deb and Li on the sandstone bluff at Cape Kiwanda

We took part of Wednesday and ventured south to Cape Kiwanda, for a change of scenery and it was definitely that: impressive surf, sandstone, and dunes. It was also surprisingly busy for mid-week in late September, and left us wanting to get back to the quiet of Rockaway Beach where we are staying. As soon as we were back, Li and I headed down to the beach to play in the waves and were treated to the highest water we’ve seen all week: lots of wave-racing, laughing, giggling, and more than just a little getting wet. Li and I got caught by a couple surprising waves that left us wet more than waist high…

This is about as hard as we've worked all week...
This is about as hard as we've worked all week...

We’ve intentionally not filled our days with much: a late afternoon stop at the Tillamook Cheese factory early in the week (and a subsequent return for ice cream), an afternoon trip to the Cape Meares lighthouse (and the Octopus tree there), and our jaunt to Cape Kiwanda mid-day yesterday. Other than that, we’ve just hung out on the beach or spent some time reading.

Renting a place here on the coast was a great choice. Having something resembling a “home” has worked really well for Li in terms of stability and has contributed greatly to a relaxing week. A washer and dryer have been a godsend to deal with changing clothes multiple times a day. We’re right on the beach — as in 10 seconds from our door — in a sort of condo building that appears to be new construction on the northern end of Rockaway Beach (the town) where they are renting four of about a dozen units, but we’ve had the place completely to ourselves almost all week (another family showed up late yesterday afternoon).

Playing in the waves on a grey afternoon
Playing in the waves on a grey afternoon

We’ve had really weather since we arrived, with lots of sun and really comfortable temperatures. Yesterday was grey and overcast, and was misting (not quite drizzling) when we hit the beach. A bit of a breeze yesterday also marked the first we’ve really seen of anything other than calm. Today looks to be dawning grey and overcast, but without the fog and mist of yesterday morning; we’ll pack and then venture down to the ocean one last time for this trip to say our goodbyes to the sand and waves…