We got to our rental house just after 4pm on Friday. It was 3 stories high and had another extra set of stairs leading up to a balcony just about as high as the roof that allowed you to see over all the trees. It was a great ocean view that I, once again, didn't get a picture of. But just imagine gorgeous white caps and blue ocean as far as you can see.
The house itself was definitely an interesting layout but there were beds in every nook and cranny of the place so four families could easily fit.
Three of the four families made it there by 6 so we chatted for a bit and then I ran to the nearest real grocery store (30 minutes away when it's not a downpour). As much fun as it is to be so secluded it is a pain when you need something!
The town does have a grocery store but it's tiny and pretty much just carries the very most basic necessities.
I was so glad to finally be done driving in the pouring rain by the time I got back. Plus, it was dinnertime!
We have a great setup where each family is in charge of a breakfast or dinner while we're there. I kind of wish I could have that deal for all meals all the time. It would be nice to just have to cook one meal a week!
On Saturday we all headed to the Neahkahnie trail to do a hike. The kids were all troopers. While the younger ones had to be carried on and off, they still walked quite a bit. The oldest kid in our group is turning 7 in April and the youngest is Colt.
It's fun to have 9 kids just running around playing together; not to mention the great looks and comments from strangers passing by.
In fact, as we were coming up the trail another couple, who turned out to be LDS, was coming down. The sister was from Jerome! I think she said it had been 30ish years since she'd lived there but it was pretty fun to meet someone else from Jerome out there.
We never made it to the intended view point because we took a wrong turn but it was still a fun hike.
After that we headed back to the house and ate lunch then got kid's down for naps while the older kids made kites. Once the kites were ready to fly we all headed down to the beach. And wow! What a windy, perfect day for flying kites!
Flying homemade kites is a lot harder than flying the store bought kind. This video gives you a good idea of how windy it was though.
Action shot: He almost got picked up and carried away by the wind!
Dragon flying the dragon:
The guys took a dip in the ocean this year but I didn't get any pictures because Colt was warm and sleeping soundly in my arms and I wasn't about to disturb that.
They said it was actually a lot warmer than last year; although, it wouldn't be very hard to top last year's water temp. That was COLD.
On Sunday we packed up and headed to church. After church we all went to a beach in Oswald State Park. It was a hot spot for surfers but I liked it best because the sand was all packed down so it didn't get in EVERY single little thing we had with us.
We spent a few hours here and then said sad goodbyes to our friends and headed home.
Dragon and Colt both crashed in the car. I felt a little bad because I guess Dragon thought we were just driving back to our rental house to be with our friends some more. He woke up about an hour or so from home and when we pulled in the driveway his first reaction was, "NO HOME!!" He was NOT happy to be back home again.
We managed to get home just a little before 7:30 so we made sure Dragon ran around a bunch to stretch his legs before bed.
It was such a fun trip. Definitely worth the drive to see old friends. It's so nice when you can go a year without seeing someone and then just pick up right where you left off. I will always be grateful to our Seattle ward for giving us such great people in our lives. I can't wait until next year!