Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shore Acres

While visiting my parents, we went to the coast!!!  Coos Bay, Oregon!!  I was SOOO excited to finally see the ocean again!  I hadn’t been to the coast for 21 months – when we went to the Redwoods/Crescent City with my parents in March 2010!  And I hadn’t been to Coos Bay for almost two and a half years when we went for a family reunion in July 2009!  We got to Coos Bay in the late afternoon and checked in at our motel.  Then we went to Charleston to eat dinner at Fisherman’s Grotto.  I ate a delicious salmon burger and yummy clam chowder!  After we finished eating dinner, we headed over to Shore Acres State Park!  I wanted to see the Holiday Lights there in the gardens.  First, Taylor and I went down to Simpson Beach while my parents strolled around the garden.  It was starting to get dusky so the light made everything have a hint of such a beautiful blue-ish color!!  I loved it!  Oh, and it was raining a lot!  So I really loved that too!  Taylor didn’t love that part at all.  Unfortunately, he really dislikes rain!  It was so wonderful though to be able to breathe in such fresh, clean air!  The waves were so awesome that evening!!  They were MASSIVE!  I could have just watched the waves there all night!  I loved listening to the crashing of the huge waves too!  And I loved the feeling of ocean wind blowing and raindrops falling on me!

Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Huge Waves on Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Taylor walking along Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Taylor wading in the water on Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Brooke on Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon


We went back up to the gardens and found my parents and looked at the Holiday lights with them for a while.  They were spectacular!  Lights were everywhere!  They had so many adorable Christmas trees decorated by different companies as well.  We went inside the Garden House and got to drink hot cider and eat cookies too!  Oh and they had some trees lit up with pinecone lights!  So cute!!

Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Shore Acres State Park Coos Bay Oregon

Then we took one last look at the beautiful ocean and went back to the motel.  I’ll write more about the next day at the coast later!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Christmas and Crater Lake

We spent Christmas with my parents!  We had so much fun.  We took an Amtrak train to Reno, Nevada.  We left Salt Lake City late at night on the 22nd of December then arrived in Reno a little after 11am the next day.  The train was supposed to get to Reno at 8:30am but it was quite delayed with holiday travelers.  We mostly just slept on the way.  My mom and dad went to Reno to pick us up!  That was so nice of them!  It cost us less than $60 each to take the train to Reno!!  On the way to my parents’ house, we stopped at an awesome little shop in Alturas and got a bunch of AWESOME yarn!!  I knitted some wrist warmers for my mom and for myself with some of the yarn. 

The next day, (Christmas Eve), Mom did lots of preparing for Christmas dinner while Dad, Taylor, and I did some shopping in Klamath Falls.  Taylor bought lots of yarn in mountain colors and a size N crochet hook at Fred Meyer so that he could begin his first afghan (he finished it in three days – it is gorgeous!).  That evening, we watched "A Christmas Story” and ate pizza that we got at Papa Murphy’s while we were in Klamath Falls.  Then we opened presents!!  We got lots of awesome stuff!  On Christmas day, we went to church and then finished getting ready for dinner.  The Larsen family and the Perez family came over for dinner as well.  We had tons of fun!!

On Monday, the day after Christmas, we went to Crater Lake National Park!!  I seriously love that place.  It is just so beautiful!  Always!!!  We walked around and enjoyed the beauty there for quite a while.  The colors everywhere were so amazing and very wintry!  There wasn’t nearly as much snow as usual for this time of year, so we didn’t even need snowshoes!

Dad, Mom, and Brooke at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon

Beautiful Crater Lake!

Beautiful trees at Crater Lake!

Beautiful Taylor at Crater Lake!

Beautiful trees at Crater Lake!

Beautiful Crater Lake!

Beautiful clouds, mountains, snow, and silhouettes of trees at Crater Lake!

Brooke and Mom at Crater Lake!

So that’s some of what we did during our first four days with my parents!  I will write more about the rest of the trip later!