Life Lately on the Oregon Coast {Thursday 3: August 2, 2018}

July was a packed month full of vacation, vacation, vacation! We visited Lopez Island, Lake Chelan, and the Oregon Coast. Since I talked about our first two vacations in my July 12th Thursday 3, today I’m breaking down three things I loved about our visit to the Oregon Coast.

Life Lately On the Oregon Coast

 

No. 1: Coyne Family Reunion

The reason for our trip to the Oregon Coast was for a family reunion. My grandmother was the oldest of the eight Coyne children of Aberdeen, SD, and the siblings and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have been getting together every few years for over fifty years. Only three of the eight siblings are still living, but we all like each other so much we keep coming back for more.

Family reunion on the Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Some family members gathering at Hug Point

This year, my branch of the family planned and hosted the reunion in Seaside, OR, at the Rivertide Suites. It was a great location, and all 44 people enjoyed exploring the area during the day, chatting in the dining room of the lobby at breakfast and in our reserved hospitality suite in the evenings, and playing card and dice games into the wee hours.

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Rivertide Suites
Welcome sign to our family reunion at the Rivertide Suites

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside
Welcome to Seaside!

 

No. 2: Jaw Dropping Landscapes and Ocean Views

The Oregon Coast is breathtakingly beautiful. This was my first time spending any real amount of time there. We so wished we had more time to explore that K and I are planning to go back for a weekend later this month! It’s that beautiful. Just get a load of these pictures I took on my cell phone (not even my fancy DSLR camera).

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Ecola State Park
Viewpoint at Ecola State Park

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Ecola State Park
Viewpoint from Ecola State Park

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Ecola State Park Indian Beach
Indian Beach at Ecola State Park

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Ecola State Park Indian Beach
Surfers and stand-up paddle boarders at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside
View from an overlook on the Oregon Coast

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside
View from an overlook on the Oregon Coast

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Cannon Beach Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Hug Point in the morning

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Morning walk on Hug Point beach

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Hug Point in the afternoon

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Hug Point in the afternoon

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Hug Point in the afternoon

 

No. 3: New Experiences with Fi

On our first day, we drove down the coast, looked at beautiful views, and stopped in Cannon Beach. We were not dressed appropriately for a beach day (we weren’t the next day, either, when we had an actual beach day…not the best planners over here), but we decided to go down to the beach anyway because it was right there. K set Fi on the beach while she was still wearing her shoes and he may as well have set her on hot lava. The girl HATED the sand.

We moved further toward the water. K took off Fi’s shoes, set her on the sand, and same reaction. That was a big nope on her part. He had her try standing in the waves, too, and she really disliked the whole experience. Her pants got wet on the bottom and it bothered her so much that we took them off when we put her back in the car.

The next day, we went to Hug Point with a big group and spent the morning and afternoon exploring the caves, walking the beach, and…playing in the sand and waves! Fi sat with one of my cousins and eventually started putting her toes in the sand. Then she began playing with a shovel in the sand. And then she got up and walked around in the sand like it ain’t no thing at all.

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Fi playing in the sand with cousin Linda

Finally, the crowning moment of Fi’s beach experience was when K took her to the shore, set her down so the waves lapped over her feet (we remembered to take off her pants this time), and watched as she at first nimbly outran the waves before eventually running into the waves with infectious laughter. It was amazing to see her fearfulness transition into fearlessness.

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Fi venturing out into the waves with Daddy

 

Family reunion Oregon Coast Seaside Hug Point
Fi clapping her hands after running in the waves

 

Have you ever visited the Oregon Coast? What did you love about vacationing there? 



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