Trip to Oregon: Day at Lincoln Beach

14 years ago - #family#Oregon

One of my goals during my unemployment was to get back to Oregon for a visit. And if I was going to get everything I could out of Oregon, that meant a trip to the coast.

Dad and I along the beach
Dad and I along the beach

Mom, Dad, and I left after lunch and took a lazy drive to Lincoln City. We were hoping to stop at the Sea Gypsy motel and walk along where they fly kites, but it must not have been windy enough because we didn't see any kites. Instead, we went to the Salishan lodge and walked a nature trail to the beach. Unlike the East Coast, the Oregon coast is not a mob scene. There were a few people here and there that would pass by - some savouring the introspection that comes with a walk on the pacific coast and others gleefully saying hello, excited by the good fortune of the weather. Unlike most days on the Oregon coast, there was barely a cloud in the sky. There was a mildly cool breeze blowing off the ocean. In the distance, we saw a helicopter inspecting some boat off the coast.

Mom and I along the beach
Mom and I along the beach

Just me
Just me

Mom putting on her shoes
Mom putting on her shoes

After a stroll along the beach, we went up to Charlene's for a drink. She has a brand new house in Salishan - very serene and picturesque. There was a squirrel taking full advantage of the bird feeder on her porch. He munched on sunflower seeds the entire time we were there. Next, I went to Michael's house (also in Salishan) to check out his home theater. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to see anything in action, but I got some good advice when it's time for me to build my home theater.

A squirrel on Charlene's patio
A squirrel on Charlene's patio

For dinner, we met at the Bay House on the ocean. The food was great and we caught a fantastic sunset over the water.

At the Bay House
At the Bay House

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The next day, we decided to take it easy, make a nice dinner at home, and invite friends over. We started with a look at the grill. I knew we could do much better, so Mom and I went to Home Depot and we got ourselves a new charcoal grill. And of course, there's no sense in throw the same old briquettes on a charcoal grill, so we got a starter chimney and some real wood charcoal. Man, what a difference it all makes in the flavor.
In 2013, my nephew Lorenz gave me a homemade book of some of the travels that we had been on together.