I may have been born in Ontario, but my parents moved us West, to the north coast of BC when I was but a few months old. I grew up on the edge of the ocean, going fishing with my Dad on our wee boat and hiking along rugged coastlines covered in barnacles and seaweed and listening to the ocean roar on a daily basis. When I decided to leave home and make my break for a big city, I chose Vancouver. Beautiful, engaging and right on the edge of the ocean. I moved many times when I lived there but almost every apartment I rented was within walking distance of the ocean. I remember proudly declaring that I could never live away from the coast.
This, of course, was before I met Matthew and we decided to leave the craziness of the city for the chance at owning a big house on a large property so that our (future) children could have space to run and play. If he’d wanted to move anywhere other than here, there may have been some resistance on my part. Thankfully, the vast Lake Okanagan is as close as you can get to be an ocean while actually being on a lake.
It’s like the little lake that could.
The second half of our family vacation was spent at Cannon Beach, for those of you who aren’t Twitter/Facebook friends and/or have been too busy holidaying yourself to pay attention to the minor details. Why Cannon Beach? Well, we spent but an afternoon there last fall on our annual stateside shopping trip and fell in love. Having the chance to see my Kerri Anne yet again was an added bonus.
(Speaking of Kerri, please tell me that you read this post. Please make sure that you’re not drinking or eating while you read it, lest you choke. Consider yourselves warned. )
I mentioned that the first part of our vacation was not what you would call restful. We left Vancouver a day early (to escape the gnomes, and) in order to spend a night in Seattle so that we could be that much closer to our final destination on the day we got to check in to our cabin. We booked it to the Coast, unloaded our stuff and looked at the view and then made the three-minute trek down to the water.
Breathtaking, beautiful and BITTERLY COLD. I mean, I knew we wouldn’t be having the high temperatures that we’re used to in the Okanagan, but that ocean wind was pretty biting.
Thursday morning we woke up to gloomy, misty weather but the winds had stopped and it was a lot warmer.
The kids played in the sand and the mud while we watched the waves roll in and then Matthew decided to write in the sand. He started with my name, finished his creation and then stood up proudly, only to see my standing there laughing.
He quickly did an edit.
There was only so much mist and gloom that we could take and so we treated the kids to a movie (Despicable Me – my new favorite animated movie). The rest of the evening was spent in the cabin, teaching the kids how to play Scrabble, reading and just hanging out.
Friday, we headed into the city of Portland. We spent a couple of hours at Powell’s buying books, then fall clothes for the kids and then ended up at our ultimate destination: dinner at Deschutes with some of my good blog friends. Kerri’s been to my house before, so she’s met the family, but nobody else had. I got to see friends and friends got to meet the four biggest loves in my life. Win, win.
Miss Kerri and her little pug Iggy (he loves me) came to spend the delight of everyone. We talked, we walked, we sat, we took photos.
This one that that Kerri took of Emily and I makes me smile every time I even think about it.
Kerri and Iggy headed home in the late afternoon and the family and I headed down to the beach to take our family photo.
After supper, I went on a solo mission down to the beach to capture the sunset.
I was so amazing to just stand on the edge of the water and soak in the beauty.
So, yeah. Our family vacation was even more than we hoped for and our kids did so amazing (TWELVE HOUR drive home and not a single meltdown. NOT ONE) that we’ll definitely be going on another road trip next year. Will it be back to Cannon Beach? Yes. No. Maybe.
*More photos of our trip in this Flickr set