Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cannon Beach {Part 1} | The Drive

 Hello! Yes, I am finally getting around to posting about our beach trip. Yesterday I wrote a paper about the trip, so I thought I'd put the parts of the paper that go with each day in the posts. That way you can kinda know what we did through words, and then see some pictures. Sound good? Each post I'm gonna ask...well I'll ask at the end of the pictures. [wink]  Ok, now on to the beginning of the "story".         
                 As I was sitting on the couch with Grandma, I could hear little voices of delight out the window. Those voices came from my little brother and sister, Jonathan and Susanna while they were flying kites on the beach – for the first time in their life. What a joyous occasion! These kids are going to remember this trip for the rest of their life. Let’s start at the beginning…
                “I just got off the phone with your Grandpa”, Mom announced in the spring, “and Susanna, Jonathan, Irina, Sveta, and I will be going to visit in September. We’ll also be going to Cannon Beach for a week!”
                A stampede of children, shouting cheers, came from all parts of the house. “Yippee!” “How long are we going to be gone?” “When, exactly, are we going??” “Awesome!” “How long do we stay at the Ocean?” You get the idea; excitement was brewing in our house.
                Fast forward to the end of August…It is twelve noon, September 6th, 2011; all of our luggage neatly packed up in the trunk of the car, and we all squeezed in, without an inch of room to spare. We had a long, boring three hour drive to Nashville, TN where we would board our plane.
 Fifteen hour later, five very tired, yet still somehow smiling D’s (I don't want to put my last name on here.) arrived at the Spokane International Airport. Searching for a familiar face, I found one…our amazing Aunt Anne was walking our way. We grabbed our luggage, loaded it into the Volkswagen, known as “The Clubhouse” for the next month, and drove the short twenty minute drive to our final destination; Grandma and Grandpa St. John’s home. After saying hello to Grandpa, who very nicely stayed up for us, we all headed off to bed to catch a good night’s sleep. The next day was a whirlwind of activity as we prepared to leave for Cannon Beach Thursday morning. 
                Thursday morning came, and went. We had planned to leave in the morning, but as plans always seem to change, we did not get out the door until 12:30. A majority of the next day and a half were spent in “The Clubhouse”. We did, however, make quick stops for meals, spent a night in a hotel, and had a visit with some friends in Oregon.
                When we finally saw the Columbia River meet the ocean Friday afternoon, we were rejoicing. I don’t know what made us more excited; getting to be at the ocean for the first time, or ending our clubhouse meeting – which we all thought lasted way too long! When we opened the door to our condo, the delicious smells of a home cooked meal were coming from the kitchen. What a delight to have such wonderful Grandparents who cooked that meal for seven hungry and somewhat grouchy people! Immediately following supper, Irina, Jonathan, and I hurried out the door to get out of the crowded condo, and onto the open, and what seemed to be endless, beach. It was considerably cold, so I didn’t last long out there. Just enough time to photograph my two siblings running in the ocean sunset and soak up the fresh ocean breeze. 

Road Art.

We saw lots of these...

The visiting friends I talked about...well, here they are! Just the kids, with myself and my sisters and brother too. It was so much fun meeting Lucia and her family! Thanks for having us over. :)

Lucia plays the piano, her sister Olivia plays the guitar and mandolin, my mom had her banjo, and I had my violin -- and together we {tried} to play some music. That was interesting...but so much fun!

Ahhh...the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean! We're almost there!!!

And...Cannon Beach! That's Haystack Rock in the background. This is the view we had from our Condo. Pretty amazing, eh? 

And I mentioned getting a picture of my sister and brother in the sunset the first night; here it is. 

Well, that's it for now, but do keep on the lookout for another Cannon Beach post. It'll probably be Monday or Tuesday. 

Oh, the question...Which picture was your favorite? (There aren't too many good ones to choose from in this post, but I assure you, there will be tons of great ones to come...)

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