On day 3 of our trip we took a drive North and went to Astoria. We all headed to the Astoria Column and made the hike to the top for the always amazing view.
We also took Ellie to a store where she got to choose her souvenir for the trip. She chose a blue plastic starfish with white polka-dots that now hangs in her room. She is soooo into starfish since this trip and calls them "Peach" from Finding Nemo. Mckayla got a bright fun seahorse from the same company as Ellie's starfish, and Daddy chose a shell for each of them as well.
After Seaside we headed back to the rental house for some more delicious home-cooked crock pot food. Seriously, one of the best parts about having a rental house was the family dinners. I can't say enough how much fun we always have whenever we have large dinner gatherings with family, and vacation was no exception.
Thursday April 4th
On day 4 of our trip we knew the forecast was for rain, so we planned to do what we thought would be inside activities - namely going to the Newport Aquarium. If we had done more research we would have learned that the aquarium is a series of buildings and outdoor viewing areas which you have to walk around to get to. However, we still had a really fun time at the aquarium - no one more so than our Ellie Bell.
If we'd let her, Ellie would have probably enjoyed staying at this little discovery area in the Aquarium all day. She fished.
And all the while Mckayla enjoyed the view with Daddy.
One of Ellie's FAVORITE parts of the whole aquarium were these jellyfish.
Then I decided to be ridiculous and get really wet trying to get good pictures of the sea otters while they were being fed - I mostly failed.
Later that day the girls were exhausted from going without real napping schedules all week, so we took them back to the house to crash. While they were sleeping, everyone was nice enough to stay and watch them so Steve and I could go explore the beach, which we hadn't had the time to do yet. It was a lot of fun being on the beach just the two of us - literally. These were our footprints as we walked - not another trace of people on the windswept beach.
Later that night we all just enjoyed more good food and company as Lori, Curtis, and Bridget had to leave early the next morning so they could go watch Tyler run in a college track meet in Boise, ID. Here Daddy and Mckayla were hanging out.
After that, it was time for laundry, dishes, and packing. It was sad to know our trip was coming to an end, but at least we had some fun things planned for the trip back home.