Handsome Husband whisked the fam off for a restful, yet adventure-filled couple of days at the Oregon coast to celebrate my recent birthday. We hiked, frolicked in the sand and surf, ate heaps of great seafood, slept in, and I unapologetically binged on my latest novel to the soothing ebb & flow of the faithful Pacific.
Even the brazen woman in loud leggings doing aggressive Jazzercise on the lawn made me smile… seemed the perfect snapshot of my #bestbirthdaylife, affording just the appropriate hint of crazy thrown in for good measure.
Of course we snuck in a wee bit of education while we were at it, because that’s what blesses this homeschool nerd most of all.
At Honeyman State Park I felt we’d gone back in time into a 1980’s summer movie (ala Caddyshack, Meatballs, or The Great Outdoors). It’s the cutest little camp at a beachside pond nestled among the infamous Florence dunes– we rented paddle-boats and got quite the leg workout.
Little Man feelin’ particularly tough at Thor’s Well:
Husband and I leisurely meandered behind three halflings down an enchanted trail to the ocean.
Honorable mentions to go family-style clam chowder, mermaid & manatee sightings, beachside sea life & shops, roadside ponies, oceanic murals, monogram rootbeer, and special family landmarks.
I think Husband figured out before I did that, for us, rest isn’t necessarily synonymous with inactivity. Instead, a restful retreat is still ripe with adventure– one where we can explore without agenda and at our own pace.