August 10, 2011

Miles of Beaches

This past weekend, we packed up the car and headed out to the coast. It was a wonderful trip! We joined up with some dear friends of ours and their little boy- and it was pure joy to watch the kids playing on the beach!

If you haven't ever been to the Washington (or Oregon coast) then you are missing out! The beaches are HUGE and WIDE and you feel like you could walk forever.
For wee-boy that means he can RUN forever, which is a bonus. Even though you are at the beach, you don't have to panic about the water because there is so much space and time before the little feet can reach it. Plus, the water is COLD! {Not that that stopped someone from drenching through three outfits before I wised up and put him in his swimsuit. Duh.}
Another neat thing about certain parts of the Washington coast is that you can drive your car out on the beach. Since the span from road to water can be quite a trek with chairs, picnic, toys, etc, taking your car out onto the sand is a fun way to go. Wee-boy thought that was pretty funny. 
There wasn't much wind, which was good for lounging, but not so good for kite flying. However, we have a *tiny* kite that wee-boy was thrilled to run with.
His BFF sure didn't want to be left out of *that* kind of fun!
Then it was time for a little grub. Seafood seemed fitting for being by the sea. This is one of my favorite recipes from Jamie Oliver; pesto salmon in a foil parcel. Delish. This is wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, which is why it is *so* beautiful and dark pink.
Then we put the kiddos to bed, and watched the sun set from the hot tub.
Falling asleep to the sound of the waves crashing was so peaceful!

In the morning, at low tide, we wandered down to the water's edge for some beach combing.
The sand dollars were plentiful. It is hard to resist the urge to pick them all up and take them home! {'Cause I did that last trip and our guest bath tub was full of sand dollars for the next year! One can only decorate with so many!}
A few did sneak into the car, though...
All in all, an amazing weekend. Makes me daydream about owning a seaside home of our own one day...


  1. I wish I could have been with you , it just sounded so great I love reading you blogs, you should write a book!

  2. Well in tears again,love seeing the boy enjoying his time there. Sounds like a beautiful trip to the beach.....(much like the ones we took you and your sister on when you were the wee child). There is nothing like the beach to calm the soul. As always I so enjoy reading your blog, I can just imagine you telling me the story. Love you MORE!!!!