I am sad and disappointed. I cannot find the photos from our trip to the Oregon Coast following the wedding. I have spent A LOT of time on the computers trying to find them and didn't want to blog about anything because it would be out of chronological order. I was recently at a family history class for RS where a woman said, "Don't get bogged down by the chronology. It will only drag you down!" So, I am taking her advice and moving on.
Brett's family held an open house in Robyn and Brett's honor. We drove to Oregon and stayed at the Shilo Inn in Seaside. I had never been to this part of the coast before and it was better than I thought it would be. There was a big storm the day we arrived and the sand was blowing sideways! Seriously. Some of the pictures were from the next morning and the sand with "wind carvings" in it. The surf was huge and so loud that my ears hurt by the end of the day. We could see the Lewis and Clark memorial from our hotel window. It is a beautiful memorial for the spot where they finally found the ocean. We walked the boardwalk and visited the aquarium where we got to feed the seals and touch the animals in a tide pool exhibit. There were kite shops and lots of tourist traps. I was a little freaked out about the tsunami evacuation routes. The signs were everywhere and my experience with emergency management made me feel a uneasy! Brook decided that Seaside was where she wanted to live.
We also saw Cannon Beach (where Goonies rock is) and bought a couple of kites there to fly on the beach. It was a lot of fun and we had a lot of laughs. The tide was fascinating to me. It almost got us a couple of times but thanks to John's amazing ninja skills we were able to save our shoes!
We finished that day in Portland with Robyn and the other Lees. Deanne and Dave (Brett's parents) and all his siblings are very friendly and welcoming. They have taken her in with open arms and hearts. Robyn is a lucky to girl to have married into such a loving family. .