Happy Spring Break! We just got back from a delightful 5 days on the Oregon coast, made possible by the fabulous Thomas family. Cindy's family has a condo just a little north of Cannon Beach that they invited us to share for a few days... I think that someone in our family should buy a condo/mountain cabin/beach house for us to use a few times per year :) I'll admit that the drive was long, but it was well worth every hour for in the car our few days on the beautiful beach!
It'll come as no surprise that the weather was a little cold and rainy (April + Oregon + coast), but since flying kites was high up on our list of things to do we didn't mind much at all. Sam really got into flying his kites on this trip, doing tricks with several of the kites that my grandfather has given him over the years and taking delight in helping Steve assemble and disassemble each creation. They even invested in a new Delta and three spinners - quite the lovely souvenir from our trip.
It's tough to pick out my favorite part of the trip, but I think it's a toss up between the tidal pools at Cannon Beach and playing on the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale. Ben and I had a ton of fun discovering shellfish, sea anemones, and starfish in the tidal pools and learning a little about ocean ecology. The Peter Iredale was a three-masted trading vessel that ran aground in 1906 on the beach about 15 minutes north of where we were staying. As you can tell from the photos, we all enjoyed climbing around the wreck and stomping in the puddles around it (ok, Mr. Shark Boots Ben technically did most of the stomping, but we all enjoyed the wreck).