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Our Weekend Oregon Coast Getaway

This past weekend our family decided to hit the Oregon coast. If you’ve traveled in Oregon you’d know that the weather here can be hit or miss so we planned it just right and went on an absolutely delightful weekend. I’ve always wanted to drive down Highway 101 and visit the Sea Lions Caves. We stayed in Lincoln City and the drive wasn’t that bad from that point. Along the coastline you’ll find plenty of small beach towns and a lot of viewpoints and turnouts. Since Oregon beaches are also quite rocky you’ll find a wide variety of tidepools.

kaila and brooklin beach trip 2013

The girls had fun exploring the tidepools with daddy! Then it was onto exploring the rest of the coast!


We found a few new spots along this trip as well, like Devils Punchbowl. I think these experiences of seeing mother natures work is such a valuable lesson for our children. Both my husband and I agree that we want to constantly teach our children something new and fill them with experiences while they are young.


Along the way we stopped for plenty of scenic pictures.



When we got to the Sea Lion Caves we found out we would be taking an elevator down 200 feet into the cave. My husband snapped this shot of us girls walking down to the elevator.


We when got down into the cave the girls were a little uneasy. We could hear the Sea Lions down on the rocks and you could smell the bats and see them flying around.


There was an opening in the cave and after a long walk up some flights of stairs we found this view of the adjacent lighthouse.


It was Brooklin’s 4th birthday but also Father’s Day!!

sea lion caves oregon coast beachbrooklin 4th birthday beach vacay

Kaila had fun taking her own photos during the trip with her iPod.


Of course we also had a lot of fun just playing in the sand on the beach. Our condo was right on the water and we had gorgeous views just from our balcony.





These are the moments I love best about our family vacations. Everyone is happy and enjoying themselves and we’re all doing it together. I couldn’t have asked my husband to plan a better trip!


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  2. Sandy V. on July 14, 2013 at 8:32 am

    The Sea Lion Caves sound very interesting.

  3. Cindy Orley on July 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Wow, this looks like the perfect getaway for my family too. I’d love to visit!

  4. jamie braun@gmail.com on July 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    we were lucky enough to travel through there when i was kid. would LOVE to go back

  5. Janet W. on June 27, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Looks like y’all had a wonderful time together! Quality family time, for sure! Memories you will have with you for forever!

  6. April C. on June 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    This has always been my dream place to go to! Where Goonies was filmed 🙂

  7. JR Frugalmom on June 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    What a scenic drive you went on. I’ve never been to the west coast, but it surely seems like a place worthwhile a visit.

  8. Tammy S on June 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I you are right about the unpredictable weather here in Oregon. That’s why we dress in layers and as soon as the sun comes out we all run outside. LOL I love taking our kids down to the coast. there are some great little towns and unique stores. It looks like your family had a great time.

  9. Starr Greenwell on June 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    This looks like the most amazing trip. I love Oregon.

  10. Lisa Davis on June 19, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Tidepooling is the best 🙂 Looks like you guys had lots of fun. We’ll be driving through eastern Oregon this summer, looking forward to all the new sights!