Now that we've moved, we are 3 hours further away from our destinations than we were before. Oh well. We're tough.
Finally, we made it to my parents. First order of business... assess how Craig's elbow looked. Before we left, he'd fallen and scraped his elbow. No big deal, he's 3, kids do stuff like that all the time. Except instead of getting better, it got a strange "blister" of skin and then that opened, leading to a strange open wound that wasn't getting better.
And, of course, second order of business: playing in the hammock.
There were two reasons we timed our trip to Oregon when we did. The first is that this week was our tenth (!) wedding anniversary. The second was because of the total eclipse. Yup, nerds. My parents' house was just outside totality, with 99.53% of the sun covered. Much better than the 60-some percent in Edmonton.
But we didn't want to deal with traffic with three little kids, so we just walked over to Hazeldale Park to enjoy it.
The day after the eclipse, we headed to OMSI and experienced their Pompeii exhibit, among other things.
|But not my children. No joy for them.|
The rest of OMSI we loved.
Oswald West. We loved the coast, and everyone got to do just what they said they wanted to do most:
Dig in the sand,
watch the kiddos play,
and have a grand old time.
Often while we're in Oregon, we only go places and do things that we've done before. While we did a lot of that this time (see our beach day), we also went to a new place or two. Specifically, the Elk Rock Garden. This place was pretty cool, and really randomly situated. If you don't purposefully go looking for it, you'd never find it. So, it's a pretty quiet place. The kids liked to hedges they said were a maze,
Oregon Historical Society and wandered around there for a bit before going out to dinner at The Melting Pot.
Also to celebrate our anniversary and our new house, Kyler and I bought artwork! We found a piece we liked from an artist in the Portland area, and ordered a signed print that would be ready when we were there, and we could then drive home. Easy, peasy, right? Well... the print shop made a mistake and made the picture twice as big as it was supposed to be: 40x60 inches! Suddenly we were in doubt if it would fit in the car... but after quite a bit of jostling our car's seats around, and making Calista climb in over Craig and Caleb's seats the entire way home, we managed to fit our print in the car and get it home to Edmonton safely.
Happy road tripping!