Yesterday was our scheduled field trip day. We have been trying to visit Petra School for months. Every month something happens: weather, sickness, cranky car. Determined to make it happen, I planned for Monday and prayed that the morning would find us on our way to Lincoln City!
We two moms plotted to surprise our children. On Sunday night I sent the kids to bed and told them we had a field trip in the morning. When I woke the boy up at 7 am, he grumbled. I simply asked, “Do you want to go see Petra School?” He was out of bed faster than a jackrabbit! And Petra School…well they found out we were coming when we showed up on the doorstep! Such fun!
We absolutely love going to Lincoln City! It’s not just our wonderful friends…but the fact that during the week the tourists go away and Lincoln City becomes nature’s playground! Nothing like it!
There are many beaches in Lincoln City, but the one we like is Oceanlake. The object of our search: AGATES!!!
Agates are semi-precious gemstones that are a variegated form of chalcedony (pronounced kal-sed’-nee), which is silicon dioxide in the form of microscopic fibrous quartz crystals. (From Agate Basics). In Oregon they show up in abundance during the winter. I LOVE to collect them…thank you Angie for another obsession hobby.
You cannot visit the Oregon Coast and not see the tide pools. There are some simple ones at Oceanlake when it’s low-tide. These sea anemone were big. You stuck your finger in them and they closed (it didn’t hurt!).
Another obsession of mine is seagulls. They are everywhere at the coast. I love to photograph them. This particular fellow was rather plump. At one point he turned around and shook his hinny at me…I’m assuming that’s hello in gull.
The waves were A-MAZ-ING. I love taking photographs of waves. Taking pictures of the waves with my new Nikon D5100 camera is so fun! Using the larger lens and standing on the rocks we counted swells and waves and hoped for the perfect shot. For some reason Angie kept laughing at me when I would be talking about the shot but not actually shooting! Yes, I’m a little slow yet!
This is the Oregon Coast I love. Misty/rainy, foggy, little bit cold, but oh so comforting. The roar of the waves. The feel of the spray on my face. Some people look at this and say BLECH. I look at it and know I am home. Someday, I will live on the beach. Me. The girl always afraid of large bodies of water and grew up in the mountains…
This is my accidental shot. My favorite shot. My if-I-tried-my hardest-I-would-never-create-this-again shot. I love my new camera. And who doesn’t love the contrast of the barnacle covered rocks with the swirling ocean. Just simply beautiful.
I love shots where my kids are deep in thought. The Boy was looking for hermit crabs here. Just after this shot he jumped because a wave swooshed in and splashed him.
Rule #1 of the beach: NEVER turn your back to the ocean! The Oregon Coast is notorious for sneaker waves.
Bella hung out with Angie and I a bit. She’s so cute. She was trying to remember where she saw the hermit crab. But for some reason all the rocks keep looking the same…the pools look the same…and for some crazy reason the crab, when 5 kids were pounding toward it, went into hiding.
You tell boys to go do something and they sit down on the wet rocks in the midst of the pool, with the wave coming toward them. Silly boys.
On the way to the beach Gabby was telling me how she doesn’t believe in dinosaurs. (Momma say what?!) Yep, that was a fun conversation. So Gabby , here’s your evidence. Tripod in the stone, under the waves. I guess a trip to John Day is in order again.
This is what school looks like. On a Monday. In Lincoln City. Marine Biology first hand. And the girls following the boys. Who said our kids aren’t socialized?
This is one of my favorite pictures. Bella standing at the edge of agate field left by the waves. You never know what you will find: agates, shells, pieces of old Pirate ship stained-glass-windows…or Captain Jack Sparrow’s bottle of rum.
There are a few beaches you can drive your car onto and park. Oceanlake is one of those beaches. I did not drive my car onto the beach. My car sits really low in comparison to the road, and although I wouldn’t complain about being stuck in Lincoln City, Mr. Dad would most certainly complain about having to come rescue us. So, we parked at the top of the hill and walked up and down this long set of stairs. With a bathroom half way up. Oregon loves girls. They really do.
Of course I had to get shots of my 2 favorite girlies! Gabby looks so tired in this picture. I’m hoping that her surgery next week will fix the sleeping issues!
At the end of Lincoln City there is a district called Taft. This is where the Siletz Bay, River and Pacific Ocean combine. There is a large sandbar that separates the bay from the ocean. This is referred to as the spit. This shot is taken from the Taft Overlook. You can see where the sea lions and seals hang-out. The only way to get to them is via boat. However, it’s against Oregon law to mess with them, so for the most part they are pretty safe.
After a delicious lunch at Highway 101 Burger (Best burgers in town by far!), we headed back to Camp Mil-Mar. The boys headed outside to throw knives and do whatever it is boys do. The girls hung out inside, talking about the Lord, blogging, parenting, home schooling and just plain life. While enjoying a nice hot cup of tea, I enjoyed this view. I love this view. I am so happy my friend is blessed with such a wonderful place to live. And I am blessed because she is my friend and I get to share her wonderful view. It’s even better in the summer, because we hang out on the deck.
The best part about visiting Angie, is hanging out to wait for the 5 minute sunset. It makes the 90 minute drive home in the dark worth every single mile.
I know Heaven is a place on earth. Angie lives there.
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