Here's Ty having all kinds of fun playing with granny!
Here are some cute pics of Ty wearing Oscar's glasses at the Chinese restaurant we went to that first evening.
We've discovered from previous road trips that Ty is good in a car for about 3 hours. After that it gets pretty difficult with a lot of screaming and fussing. He needs to eat, get out, and move around. Since the quickest route to Lincoln City is via Portland, we'd planned to do just over 3 hours of driving to Portland, stop for lunch at our favorite Portland restaurant, "Rheinlanders," and then drive the remaining 2 hours to Lincoln City. This would have been an excellent plan, but we forgot to factor in morning traffic, which added an extra hour to our trip to Portland. True to form, Ty was good for 3 hours, sleeping most of the way. But the last hour was HORRIBLE! He screamed the entire time.
Fortunately things got a LOT better once we got to Rheinlanders. I fed Ty and then let him play in their waiting area. They have lots of toys for kids, so he got on his tummy and played until our food arrived. The food was delicious! I can't get enough of their pretzels with delicious cheese fondue appetizer and their chicken alfredo spätzel entree! Fortunately it was enough to wear Ty out and he slept the entire 2 hour drive from Portland to Lincoln City. Hoorah!
On our 2nd and 3rd days in Lincoln City, we took a drive down to Depoe Bay for lunch and to see the famous Spouting Horns. Oscar and I had actually stayed in Depoe Bay back in February 2013, but it was dark when we got in, and we continued our waterfalling immediately the next day, so we didn't see much of the city. Little did we know that the hotel we'd stayed at was super close to these spouting horns. They're like inverted waterfalls where the waves rush in and then spout up under the pressure.
I wanted to get up close and personal with them. That's me leaning over the wall. Oscar's dad did it too (he's in the pic below), and there were a few times that we got wet.
Oscar and his parents went out shopping the evening before we left, and while they were gone I nursed Ty and then took him out for a walk along the beach at sunset. I harnessed him into in his carrier, but was concerned about the cold, so I zipped him up in my jacket. So cute! His cheeks and a bit of his legs got a little chilly in spite of my trying to warm them with my hands, but he enjoyed the walk and never seemed unhappy. We had fun watching the waves.
The last time we visited Cannon Beach for our 4th anniversary, we only had a very basic camera. This time we were excited to take pics with our fancy, schmancy Ipad/smart phone cameras, but our old camera actually did better (right pic). Digital zooming just can't do what a camera zoom can.
Our cute family!
We asked Bill and Nancy Nelson last minute if we could stay with them again. We'd spent two nights with them in February during our 7th anniversary trip. It was nice to see them again and split up the driving over two days so Ty didn't go crazy after 3 hours. He traveled well both days and, even though he'd had a nap recently, he slept nearly the entire way from their house back to ours.'