Monday, August 02, 2010

Happy 5th Anniversary!

This year for the first time we've really taken time away for our anniversary. And we actually got to go back to the same family cabin where we spent our honeymoon! Albeit this time with baby in tow!

Life is rough on the Oregon Coast...
This is the view from the master bedroom!

This is the Yaquina Bay lighthouse

Noah had his own room, thankfully

But it was actually kind of cool to just hang out with him for a couple of days.
Here he's really discovering his toes for the first time!  
(also notice the sleep lines on his face!)

Checking out the ocean view

Now Friday we had a bit of an adventure.  When Noah got me up at 7:30 I went out to check the tide level and there was an ambulance and some fire chief vehicles on the beach access right next to the cabin.  I wondered if someone was hurt although I couldn't see anything on the beach.  I went out on the deck and saw a paramedic come from behind the bluff just to my right (north), but figured someone must have gotten injured while out walking in the morning or had a medical emergency.

I went to get Brian up and he got some binoculars and was looking, but the only thing out of the ordinary was a big red cooler that had washed ashore.  I figured it was just some fisherman's who hadn't tied it down.  Brian recognized one of his college professors on the beach and hollered at him (the cabin next door is owned by people connected with our university).  We couldn't really understand him, but heard something about a sailboat.  

So we hurriedly got dressed and Noah warmer clothes and went to see what was going on.  Imagine our surprise to get out to the beach and see this!

A 38 foot sailboat that had run aground at high tide in the night just a few hours earlier!

Earlier I had seen a fire department truck come from the beach and a man get out of the cab and onto a stretcher.  They also had a wet dog - which added to my hypothesis of a man injured while running.  But no, the man was a retired doctor who lived on his boat.  He fell asleep and ran aground.  

Sadly his cat did not make it, but the man is okay from everything we've heard.

At various points there were firemen, paramedics, policemen, park rangers, and I'm sure others on the scene.  We talked to a policeman and he said they will most likely have to break the boat up to truck it off the shore.  It's quite an old wooden boat and may have unseen damage making it un-seaworthy.  

As well as, by the time we left the next day the 3 high tides had already swung it around 90 degrees closer to some rocks and pushed it higher up on the beach.

The cabin we stay at is on the right, the house in the center is where the prof was staying and the bluff is just sticking out far enough that from our deck we couldn't quite see the sailboat.

After that morning excitement we played tourist, watched some movies in the cabin, and of course had some clam chowder!

Peek-a-boo Mommy!

And then we came home to Great Grand parents in the house and a plugged up sink... 

(why yes, that is a plunger they were using!)

All in a day's life!


  1. looks like you had alot of fun! I love getting out with just one of the kids because I notice more about them.

  2. Aww, that sounds like an AWESOME time (minus the guy who fell asleep and ran his boat aground!!)


  3. we visited that light house on our honeymoon! :)

  4. You had a great vacation!! So happy to hear it! (At least one of us is taking a nice break) :-)

    And how lovely that you went back to the place with so many beautiful memories!

  5. That looks like a gorgeous place to visit and relax! Happy Anniversary, albeit a little late!

  6. So glad you had a nice getaway! We hope to visit Oregon someday (perhaps in the coming year?). ;)

    P.S. I like your husband's beard. Does your youngest have red hair? I can't be sure from the pictures...


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