We live in Western Oregon. My father and Jo live in mid-central Florida. Yep. You couldn't feesibly get further away from eachother while remaining in the same country if you tried. Sometimes it's difficult to see one another and I know each of us feels like we don't do it enough. However, we do see eachother at least once a year. This past March my parents 100% retired. They have a retirement house in Lake Placid, FL. They decided to travel this summer with their friends Ron and Judi and are spending a month here in Oregon.
The following weekend we decided we all needed to go to the Beach. Who comes all the way to Oregon and doesn't stay at the beach. I'd rented a 3 story beach house right on the private beach and it was glorious!
It was going to over 100F in Eugene but out at the coast it was barely going to hit 65. And mind you the wind blows at whipping 20mph constantly. Needless to say it was a bit breezy and chilly. Grandma made hot chocolate on the first night and it was perfect!
The Surf Rider is always a favorite at the coast. You get a perfect view of the ocean and if you look close enough and you're lucky, even wales!
.... you gotta have the binoculars facing the right way, though!
If anyone knows Dave Shindley, they know he doesn't usually sit still very long. I had asked him if we could borrow his truck to rent a power washer. Well, that led to he and Ron helping us all day long power wash the house. Maysen came out and Grandpa showed him how to run the patio blaster.They were a big help to Nate.
We lit off some illegal fireworks out front for awhile and then moved to the backyard (boys got in the pool). We got out some red, white, blue chem lights and filled the pool with those and glowing RWB balloons. It was pretty cool! Boys swam while the big Creswell fireworks show began.
Click here to read this story about fishing. Dad took the boys fishing and it was a super special memory for them.
Playing games was fun this trip with my dad. I'd never really played with him. We enjoyed playing Yatzee and Farkle.
Cherry Cheesecake and Andy Griffith. Doesn't get better. Dad's favorite episode is when Andy takes the boys camping and Barney gets lost.
We had a great visit. It went extremely fast! Jo made me crocheted washcloths for my birthday (she's working on one here) which was special to have them here for my 35th birthday! We all went to Los Cabos. What a great ending to a nice visit.