5.20.2009

the coast

This past weekend we took a little hiatus. With dan's birthday to celebrate and a baby on the way we thought it would be a good time to spend vacationing. It truly was a great weekend. We took hundreds of pictures, but I will spare you all of the boring nature ones, we love them though.

We stayed in Lincoln City, but really didn't do much there other than go to McMenamin's and grocery shop since our room had a little kitchenette in it. Our room did have an amazing view of the ocean though, which was lovely to wake up to... and listen to the waves at night... the room itself wasn't that amazing.

Saturday we went to Depoe Bay and some surrounding areas:

The Yaquina Head Lighthouse:
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we saw a whale and many other animals there, including some sea lions who just gave birth to babies that morning! we saw the mom nursing the babies and some seagulls eating the placenta on the rocks above... "everything gets used in nature" said the volunteer at the lighthouse.

Then we got to go whale watching and take Lucy with us:

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we didn't see any whales on the boat, but the ride was fun and it was incredibly nice outside... we got a little sunburnt out there. we also got to see many sea lions. lucy was totally freaked out on the boat, but was such a great sport about it and sat calmy in our lap or in our arms the whole time.

To get to the beach from our hotel... you had to climb down these stairs:

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going down wasn't so bad. but... going up was a different story :)
we only went to the beach right outside our hotel once. but, when we did... it was gorgeous!

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Sunday we headed home and decided to take the longer trip back all the way up HWY 101 and stop at various viewpoints and such. It was so warm out (for the most part) that we drove with the top down and got some more sun. The drive was gorgeous and we saw some pretty amazing places:
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this was a result of Dan saying "stick that belly out like you're proud!"

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and Dan thought it was funny that the hotel had all these signs about saving the planet... but no place to recycle our bottles so he set this up for them to see... and make the right decision :)
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5 comments:

The Thornocks said...

Oh my gosh, loved that! It looks like you guys had an awesome time. How nice that the weather held up for ya. When Chad and I went for a getaway it was cold and overcast the whole time. Oh, well, it was still fun. You are so cute Courtney, with your little belly. I love it. And Dan, I love that picture of you with the sunglasses. You look like a model; it's awesome. Can't wiat to see you this weekend!

Kimberly said...

I'm so glad that you guys had so much fun! It seems like it was the perfect weekend to pick to be at the coast. That's so great! And I 2nd Ashleigh's comment about Dan looking like a model in that picture.

You are so dang cute with your belly! I just love it :) and I'm pretty sure that we never see each other. It sucks!

Ksenia said...

Lucy is so cute! well, you are all cute, but poor Lucy has no idea she'll get demoted very soon.

Looks like a lot of fun, I'm glad you were able to get out before the baby keeps you in for a little while.

Verenice said...

I agree with everyone. Loved the picture of Dan in the glasses, and the reflection of the people in the glasses. I also liked the picture taken of you Courtney when you are looking up into the camera. And, yes, poor Lucy is about to get demoted. She needs to enjoy this alone time while she can.

Andrea said...

I can't believe you are due in a month!! I hope your baby shower was fun and I wish I could have been there! You look so darling. Your belly isn't even huge! Well-compared to my past gravid abdomens that is. I can't wait to meet your little guy. Enjoy these next four weeks and rest and relax. The big day will be here so quickly now (easy for me to say, huh?). Love you and miss you tons!