So after many postponements for various and sundry reasons, my mom and I finally took our trek down the Oregon Coast. Well, after a fashion at least :). We actually started out by taking I-5 down to Portland and going to the Portland Temple on Thursday night. This is a beautiful Temple. They all are, it's true. But this one is one of which I had seen pictures years ago and thought it was so beautiful. Sadly, by the time we were done with our session (and we were cutting it close on getting there, so we didn't take pictures beforehand), it was too dark for any pictures. But I did shoot this one. I think it was a nice way to start our weekend.
I didn't reserve any hotel rooms ahead of time. So we went on a wing and a prayer. But I had taken the time to find a hotel I trusted and it's location in Portland before we went. So our first night, we stayed in a Super 8 in a lovely town, and it was across the street from a Costco. So we got into our hotel room around 9:30 and got settled in. We weren't on any kind of schedule, so we just kind of did whatever. My mom had packed pop-tarts and cocoa and good insulated cups for cocoa. Turns out she had forgotten that bag at home. To say she was sad is an understatement. When she came back from the car after looking for them, she came in the room saying, "Depression." It was kind of funny. My mom likes her cocoa in the morning. Kind of like other people like their coffee. And she was all excited that she had bought her Ghiradelli (or as she can't seem to stop calling it: Garibaldi) brand cocoa mix. And alas it sat at home in her bedroom. So the next morning, we didn't check out until about 9:30 and we waited until Costco opened at 10 and then she got Swiss Miss cocoa (because it was the only brand there). We got a few other things as well and also went into Target to get a cooler. Because we forgot that too. By the time it's all over, I'll probably be the proud owner of like 20 coolers, because guaranteed we will forget the coolers we already own every time we take a trip. But we needed the cooler. Because we were stopping at a cheese factory during our trip. And we knew we'd be buying cheese. So after we'd done our shopping, we were on the road and headed for Depoe Bay, Oregon. It wasn't much of a drive. I think about 2 hours. And it was such an easy drive. Classic Debbie-ism of the drive: (in regards to not getting into the "slower traffic keep right" lane) "I would've, but I didn't want to. This is the lane that always stays." I laughed. Because if you choose not to, then you really have to change the wording to "I could've, but I didn't want to." Instead, the other cars passed on the right... We actually ended up getting to our hotel right around check in time (1:30), so we stopped there first, since we actually stayed in Lincoln City, OR, which is a few minutes North of Depoe Bay. So we dumped off most of our stuff and then jumped back in the car and headed South. We drove through the town of Depoe Bay, and there was nowhere to park. And after a couple of fiascos of trying to park places where we weren't supposed to, we decided to just drive down the coast a little further to see some naturally occurring things and then head back to Depoe Bay. On the way, we saw Boiler Bay, which is pictured below. My mom and I took several pictures there. It's just so lovely.