Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mini Oregon Coast Vacation

Our generous and thoughtful friends, Alana and Tom, invited us to spend a weekend with them near Winema Beach, Oregon. While the city was hot and sunny when we left, the coast was chilly and foggy.

A view from the deck.

The beach was eerily peaceful.

It wasn't until later that Zoe discovered sand didn't taste all that good.

The fog did not hinder our kite activities.

Look carefully. Do you spot someone in the distance?

After a closer investigation...

You'll spot Brad practicing his kite routine.

Our coastal vacation included a stop in Pacific City, Oregon. Known for Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and its sand dunes, surfers and fishers, we spent a couple hours there before heading back into the city.

Zoe sampling Pacific City's sand.

Zoe running around Emily.

Zoe exhausted to keep going.

View of Cape Kiwanda.

Inhabitants of Cape Kiwanda.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Portland Memorial Mausoleum

In honor of Memorial Day, we visited the Portland Memorial Mausoleum. We waited in line to enter because Portland Memorial is only open on day a year to the public. Founded in 1901, it is part of Portland's rich history and the first and oldest crematory west of the Mississippi. The property is stunningly beautiful. 

The mausoleum looks out onto an amusement park.

We found some familiar family names.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Seattle in One Day

Mike and Dianne were visiting for a week. We found one day, and one day only, to visit Seattle. Our 12 hour visit included a Boeing Factory Tour and a Pike Place Market Ghost Tour.

We were unable to take photos on the tour for security reasons, but we took advantage of a photo-op from the parking lot.

Boeing's 747 Dreamlifter is used to transport large pieces of the new 787 Dreamliner.

Afterwards, we headed for to Pike Place Market for a Ghost Tour.

Mike and Dianne.

Mee Sum Pastry's Char Siew Bao inerds.

The tour met near the Gum Wall.

What's that spell?

Oh my!

Zoe does believe in ghosts and she was still scared for Ghost Tour.

We visited places with old stories.

What's Seattle without seafood? We're not sure.

Matt, Dianne and Mike after our seafood dinner.

I like land animals, too.

I am a land creature, too.

Mike and Dianne bid farewell to Seattle.

We'll be back to see so much more.