The first night was a rough one. We could not get Evie to go to sleep. We ended up resorting to packing her into the car and driving around. We wanted to just drive around the block a few times, but some how I managed to get us onto the highway and lost. Ooops! The good thing that came from that was that Evie fell fast asleep finally, and we were able to just transfer her to the pack-n-play.
We all still managed to get up at our usual time, and headed down for the continental breakfast. This is something we always check to see if a hotel has when searching for places to stay. It makes one less meal to have to work into the budget, and often you can bring away a few things to eat as snacks later during the day. Once breakfast was done we were off to Cannon Beach.
It was a beautiful drive through some mountain areas to get to the beach. Evie had her morning nap while we drove there. We decided to go on this day because after checking the weather repeatedly this was the day with the least chance of rain.
It took us a bit to find where to park near the beach, and even then we still had to walk a bit to get to. Chances are we just did not park in the easiest area. We were just happy to have arrived at the beach. We lugged the stroller down the sand dunes, and down by the ocean. We were all happy to get outside and relax. Evie was free to run around and get all her energy out. Of course the first thing she did was head straight for the ocean. A girl after my own heart, always wanting to be near the ocean.
In order to get our munchkin to stop and eat or have a bottle, we had to put her in the stroller. She happily watched everyone waking past, and all the dogs running to catch sticks that had been thrown for them. It was very windy out, so when she was not in the stroller we learned quickly to make sure the breaks were on or else we had to chase down a run away stroller.
Playing in the wet sand and splashing in the water as it came up and left little puddles around her.
Such a beautiful area. We definitely hope to visit here again. I have had several people recommend going camping down here. We will probably wait til Evie is much older, but camping in Oregon is now on our to do list for the future.
Somebody decided to try and eat a handful of sand. She quickly realized that it was not the best thing to eat.
I was trying to get a photo with her, she decided she wanted to smear sand all over my face, and ended up poking me in the eye. That was fun getting the sand out of my eye and contact.
We walked around the little town we had parked in, and came across this wonderful little candy store that made salt water taffies right there. Earlier when we had first passed the store, when going to the beach, there had been several staff in there working away.
We soon packed up and started to head back to the hotel. We made a stop at some outlets, but only got some clothing for Evie. She needed clothing for this spring and summer. We also drove through Seaside but decided to not stop as the rain decided to fall at that time. We lucked out at hit traffic right when we got closer to our hotel. Dare I say traffic is worse there than back home! What makes it even worse, is the road signs and highway exit signs are terribly marked. Good luck in finding the right street and the right exit.
We were expecting the worst for bed time again. We figured because she could see us in the same room that she did not want to go to sleep. We resorted to letting her just play in the pack-n-play while all the lights were off. Eventually she wore herself out and just went to sleep. Still much later than her usual bed time, but she was asleep!
All of this trip my husband was studying to do an exam for work, and was especially relying on the time when Evie went to bed to be able to study. Poor guy, ended up having several late nights staying up studying while on this vacation.
The next day would be filled with an adventure off to check out the Children’s Museum and the zoo.